The contents of this post are the opinions of JT Eberhard, not the Secular Student Alliance.
I stayed out of elevatorgate. I thought it was a big clusterfuck that made otherwise brilliant people on both sides of that issue stupid.
But I’m going to wade into this one. Greta pretty much already said everything that needs to be said about the proper response to the misogyny that plagues reddit and the rest of the atheist movement. The most recent outbreak has to do with people parading their inhumanity to a fifteen year-old girl.
Including, “Well 15 is legal in many places, including my country, so I’ll only have to deal with abduction charges.” “Relax your anus, it hurts less that way.” “Blood is mother nature’s lubricant.” “Tears, natures lubricant.” “BITE THE PILLOW, IM GOIN’ IN DRY!” And including comments blaming the girl for posting a picture of herself in the first place.
I have nothing more to add to what Greta said, but I do want to at least add my voice to the fray. This behavior is sick. It is fucking sick. If you do anything but repudiate this type of thing, if you say, “Yeah, but…” you are wrong. Period. There are some things in life that are unacceptable. Double parking? Unacceptable. Cutting in line at the movies? Unacceptable. These people are demented and should have the entire atheist movement crawling up their ass for this.
The people saying those things and all the lesser insinuations of violence, rape, derision of anything with a vagina, etc., are bad people. The ones saying them to a fifteen year-old girl are sick fucks. Religious people are usually just wrong. Those people are malicious, and anybody with a moral compass calibrated within the last century should have nothing but contempt for them. The people who lift so much as a finger in their defense should get a heaping portion of that contempt directed their way.
I suspect there have been a lot of people like me on the sidelines who didn’t want to get involved in the sexism tangle. It’s time for that to stop. More voices need to be jumping in on this one. On this issue, Greta is right, Jen is right, Ed is right, Ophelia is right, and a veritable army of other bloggers on the side of equality, reason, and basic human decency are right. Head to their posts and leave a comment in support. If the sickos can’t hear reason, perhaps they’ll acknowledge numbers.