UK mother Lucy Baxter has begun a campaign to find a girlfriend for her 21-year-old son Otto, who has Down’s Syndrome, because she feels bad that he’s surrounded by other people his age having sex but himself remains a virgin. If that fails, she may pay a prostitute.
“If he doesn’t get a girlfriend, I will feel really bad, because I have sold him this thing that he is like everybody else. That’s why I’m working overtime to get this sorted for him.”
Interesting conflation of “having sex” and “getting a girlfriend” – two very different things. Which is it that she’s more concerned about?
Mom would also like Otto to have a non-retarded girlfriend, since he’s “like everybody else.” I’m all for empowerment here, folks, but there are certain facts we should perhaps address. (Plus, if Otto, and by extension other individuals with Down’s Syndrome, are “just like everybody else,” why does his girlfriend need to be non-retarded?)
More: Sky News
P.S.: Yes, I do realize that “syndromed” is not a word and yes I still debated whether it would be hyphenated.