For those unaware of what’s been going on there is a link here to Rebecca Watson’s blog but basically, here is my take on it.
The wonderful Rebecca Watson had a weekend of being attacked by fellow skeptics for the crime of mentioning in a vlog that she didn’t like it when a stranger asked her to his hotel room at 4.00 am in the morning while they were alone together in a lift.
Now, I get why some people might see this as harmless, after all, she wasn’t attacked.
The best way I think you can relate to it is if you imagine being in a lift, essentially trapped, while a stranger asks you for money. Saying no, while being stuck in a small space makes you feel a bit awkward, and possibly scared, especially if the person asking you is intimidating. Well, being asked for sex is worse. Trust me.
It was made doubly worse because Rebecca had spent the best part of that day explaining that the skeptic movement needs more women and one way of encouraging them is not treating us like sexual objects. This request was blatantly ignored. And the chap in question obviously knew his faux pas because he said to her ‘don’t take this the wrong way, but‘…
To be fair, in her vlog, all Rebecca said was, ‘seriously guys, don’t do that’.
But some men interpreted this as, ‘you’re all rapists!’
So much so that even Richard Dawkins weighed in in the comments section of a blog. He went on to say that unless you’ve actually being attacked you should, ‘grow a thicker skin’. Because fear and intimidation is just something we ladies should just put up with. Christ on a cocking bike.
So, I’m now boycotting Dawkins until rebecca gets an apology. And will make fun of him at every opportunity x
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