And he wants the nasty ‘radical’ feminists to stop picking on (i.e. talking about the predatory sexual behaviour patterns of) his friend. As usual for him recently, he set this up with some plausibly deniable subtweeting and now is getting huffy about the reactions he’s just trolled for. Expect the passive aggressive blog post ‘splaining how his critics just don’t know how to think properly about the deep thoughts of Dawkins within the next 48 hours.
[Content note: links to material discussing rape culture, victim blaming, rape myths, sexual harassment]
— Sally Strange (@SallyStrange) September 12, 2014
Then there was this (since deleted) tweet:
The REAL Rape Culture: “All occurrences of sexual intercourse are rape unless there is certified evidence to the contrary.” — Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 12, 2014
This tweet referencing the deleted tweet above is still visible:
.@MhaskarChief With a certain kind of feminist, of course. Not with feminists who truly respect women instead of patronising them as victims
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) September 12, 2014
Yes, that’s what he said. Listening to and believing women who report their experiences of sexism and misogyny and harassment and assault and offering them support in seeking social change to the attitudes that perpetuate sexism and misogyny and harassment and assault? That’s disrespecting women, and acknowledging the truth of anybody’s victimisation by anyone else is patronising them. But pretending that sexism and misogyny and harassment and assault is not really happening is truly respecting women!
Almost exactly a year ago I posted about the ongoing sexism and misogyny fallout in the skeptical and secular activist communities, ever since Rebecca Watson said “Guys, don’t do that”, and as this latest Dawkins snit shows, that particular cyberstorm is still raging on. Jason Thibeault’s timeline of sexual harassment accusations in those communities since May 2012 has had some significant additions in the last few days due to this article on BuzzFeed on allegations against Michael Shermer and various reactions to it.
FURTHER UPDATE – Dawkins has now doubled down and jumped the shark with a triple twist and pike – Richard Dawkins: The Wrongering. See also Rebecca Watson at Skepchick – Dear Innocent People Murdered in Witch Hunts
N.B. (because past experience in discussing this topic shows that this disclaimer is necessary) – There is no evidence at all that the skeptical and secular activist communities have any peculiar problem with sexism/misogyny/harassment/assault, they just have the same sexism and misogyny problems as society in general, and have been openly discussing it in recent years to the point of Deep Rifts™ between those who accept that rape culture is a real social phenomenon and those who don’t.
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