I’ll tell you something, when I haven’t been wrapped up in my geology research, I’ve been on a roaring boil. I’m fed up with this shit. I’m through with people who think women are objects to do with as they will, and people who think inability to consent is consent (pro tip: it is not, and if you have sex with someone who is unable to consent, you’re a rapist). I’m done with people who think preventing rape and sexual assault is a woman’s job rather than placing the burden and blame where they belong: on the people who assault. I’m tired of the little shitstains who think this is all a bunch of silly drama and do their level best to shut the victims up. I want these disgusting fucks out of my community. They don’t belong in civilized spaces.
No one should have to put up with this outrageous fuckery. And I’m appalled that self-declared rational thinkers are so very terrible at thinking through something as simple as this, and coming to the conclusion that hey, you know, this shit has to stop.
I’m so damned grateful to the women who have come forward and the bloggers who refuse to relinquish the atheism and skepticism communities to the predators.
There’ve been some blog posts over the last few days I want to draw your attention to, in case you missed them. They’re necessary.
In no particular order, then:
Greta Christina’s Blog: Harassment, Rape, and the Difference Between Skepticism and Denialism – UPDATED and Why We Need to Keep Fighting.
The Digital Cuttlefish: Feelings And Actions.
Pharyngula: I think the SFWA might just be awesome and What? Responsible, intelligent youtubers? INCONCEIVABLE!
Almost Diamonds: What Is Not in Dispute and How Many Do We Lose?
Butterflies and Wheels: Your various cleverations and No, the system does not work.
Lousy Canuck: Sexual harassment accusations in the skeptical and secular communities: a timeline of major events.
Black Skeptics: Predators Beyond Belief.
Skepchick: If you don’t like rape, don’t get raped DUH, The Good Old Days, and Atheism, Sexism and Harassment. The Price of Speaking Up.
Daylight Atheism: Disillusionment and That Was the Wrong Answer, CFI.
I’m sure there are many more, but these are most of the posts that have helped clarify my thinking. Hopefully they will be of some use to you as well.
I’ve not yet finished exploding. Stay tuned if you like watching Dana unleash the Smack-o-Matic SuperDeluxe 9000. I’m polishing it as we speak.
8 thoughts on “Some Essential Reading on the Sexism in Skepticism Debacle”
Sun light is the best disinfectant. We need to keep fighting. I’m willing to lend my support where it’s needed.
I would like to add one more link to your list, just for reference: PZ Myers What do you do when someone pulls the pin and hands you a grenade?
I’ve been looking at my bookshelves lately and cringing in horror.
Looking forward to seeing the effects of the ‘Smack-o-Matic SuperDeluxe 9000’.
Thank you Dana.
May I hold your coat as you polish and tune up the Smack-o-Matic SuperDeluxe 9000? Because you’re installing the SuperSnark Scalpel and 8-armed Clue-By-Four modules, right? Somebody needs to hold your coat. And bring you beer.
Thanks so much for this roundup, Dana. I’ve been trying to keep up, but I’ve missed a few of these.
Thanks for the links. But, :(( I thought I had finished refreshing pages, and now there are another half-dozen to read. At least the nay-sayers haven’t turned up here. Yet.
I bought one of Shermer’s books for my guy a few months back. Over my squicky feelings about it, knowing that the guy was a sleaze, because that’s what he (my guy, who is not a sleaze) wanted to read. Now I wish I hadn’t.
Never again. I tell my grandkids, “Trust your gut,” and then I go and shush mine up. Not good.
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