Originally Posted by vikki
It's interesting that when you look up the speakers' biographies Rebecca Watsons name does not appear although she is apparently leading a workshop.
I wonder if she will even show up. I wouldn't blame her if she didn't.
Without wishing to bring the whole fiasco up again, IMO Dawkins was the one who over-reacted. Reading some of the comments on Watsons blog and other atheist sites just illustrates that gender prejudice continues to fester in every corner of our alledgedly 'free and equal' society.
Yeah, I kind of agree with you.
Watsons initial report of what happened was quite modest and just a nudge "guys dont do that".
I think Dawkins response was more a reaction to the rest of the community going of rails in the commentaries following.
But..Watsons following response to Dawkins was just ridiculous were she claimed to have been sexually objectified and felt harassed and almost threaten.
A guy flirted with her in an elevator, the step from that to be physically assaulted with a knife in a back alley and raped are astronomic, yet that is what the rhetoric almost reflected from most of the commentaries to that blog.
All kinds of sick, evil and twisted things happens to women everywhere, all the time and it is horrendous, so a little perspective would be appropriate.
I think that that
was what Dawkins referred to, not the initial youtube clip from Watson.
As you say, some very hateful things against women where posted in the commentaries and was quite distasteful to read.
Yet I kind of find it a bit amusing that the skeptic movement get a feel of its own hatred projected against each other, so they get a sense how their opponents feel on regular basis when it comes to paranormal claims and such. *evil grin*