I noticed something back in July about the people who were claiming “zero bad.” I’ve noticed it again, after a post promoting Dawkins new book got overrun by anti-Rebecca types. They simply can’t handle the details of what Rebecca said.
They say something. You tell them how it doesn’t fit the facts of the story. They say it again, ignoring what you’ve already told them. Alternatively, they decide that Rebecca must have been lying because…because…well, it isn’t because they were there. In fact, that seems to be the entire gist of this ongoing campaign to smear her character: Rebecca isn’t trustworthy. So, my challenge is this:
If you’re among the people who think what happened was “zero bad,” try something for me. Try assuming–say, just for the sake of argument–that the following are correct.
- Elevator Guy attended the “Communicating Atheism” panel at which Rebecca said she finds it sexist instead of complimentary when guys she doesn’t know express sexual interest in her.
- Elevator Guy was in the group at the bar where for several hours Rebecca and other discussed this panel and Rebecca made it clear that she doesn’t like being hit on at conferences–that he heard her say this.
- Around 4 a.m., Rebecca left after announcing to the group of which Elevator Guy was a part that she was tired and wanted to go to sleep–that he heard her say this.
- Elevator Guy then followed her into the elevator and asked her, in a confident manner, to come back to his hotel room.
Just for now, just assume those things. I won’t hold you to them later. I may point out that it’s creepy to assume a woman is lying unless you’ve got corroborating evidence, but I won’t say, “Well, you said here….”
Now, while you’re treating all those things as true, without blathering on about how they’re not, explain to me what makes that sequence of events “zero bad.”