October 2009 Archives
It's about a family that has 6 kids all with diagnoses on the autism spectrum
I learned from the movie that a refrigerator mother is someone who apparently rejected their child and was cold to them as they grew up, they drive their children further and further into autism. I thought this was really sad because mothers then think they have a problem spiritually and psychotically because people give them this stereotype that makes them think they didn't know how to raise their own child. Professionals called mothers psychotic when they really did have loving relationships with their children; autistic or not and that simply was not fair to be called something that could be so harmful. I found it interesting that white upper middle class and very very bright is the stereotypical mold for autism and blacks were labeled "emotionally disturbed" because they were assumed to not be educated, the colored mother in the movie couldn't even fit the "refrigerator mother" category because of her skin color. My favorite quote of the movie was, "Autistic people are whole people, but they are just from a different culture/planet." This is because it can raise a lot of controversy and create an interesting conversation/discussion that could possibly be brought up in class. This movie really opened my eyes to what a controversy this subject is especially in the past because in the movie it was mentioned that, mothers cannot overcome the bitterness because they were given this terrible label, they do all they can to change by volunteering and doing things like like, but they cannot dig deep into their soul to remove the bitterness because it is a permanent result of the analysis.