I think I’ve reached the point where I’m just done with Richard Dawkins. Despite his brilliance as an evolutionary biologist and his huge influence on me as a young non-believer, I’m just done. Now he’s doubling down on his previously inane arguments about feminism with this bit of absurdity:
Bottom line: He stands by everything he has said — including comments that one form of rape or pedophilia is “worse” than another, and that a drunken woman who is raped might be responsible for her fate.
“I don’t take back anything that I’ve said,” Dawkins said from a shady spot in the leafy backyard of one of his Bay Area supporters. “I would not say it again, however, because I am now accustomed to being misunderstood and so I will … ”
Yes, of course, it’s always a misunderstanding. Even when he goes on to confirm that he meant exactly what he was interpreted to say:
The greatest threats to women, in his view, are Islamism and jihadism — and his concern over that sometimes leads him to speak off-the-cuff.
“I concentrate my attention on that menace and I confess I occasionally get a little impatient with American women who complain of being inappropriately touched by the water cooler or invited for coffee or something which I think is, by comparison, relatively trivial,” he said.
Imagine what he must think of American atheists for complaining about equal access to the public square, stigmatization and discrimination when there are atheists getting whipped, imprisoned and killed overseas. Funny that he’s never mentioned that we’re just as bad as all those American women who dare to complain about being inappropriately touched when there are women in Muslim countries who have it so much worse. Obviously, only the single most oppressed and mistreated in the world get to complain about their oppression and mistreatment. Now, how shall we decide who gets to complain?
And then there’s this:
“I feel muzzled, and a lot of other people do as well,” he continued. “There is a climate of bullying, a climate of intransigent thought police which is highly influential in the sense that it suppresses people like me.”
Gee Richard, you mean you’re complaining about being muzzled when there are people who are thrown in prison, beaten and put to death for the things they say? I confess I occasionally get impatient with such blatant hypocrisy. Apparently he’s only bothered when women speak out against their mistreatment — American women, at that — without being the Most Mistreated In The World. He’s perfectly fine with powerful and influential men like him complaining about their own perceived mistreatment — it’s called being criticized — when they’re not the Most Mistreated In The World.
Help, help, I’m being repressed when people criticize me for saying dumb things! Come and see the violence inherent in those uppity women who dare to question me!
Yeah, I’m just done with Dawkins.