I spoke out about sexual harassment among atheists and scientists. Then came the rape threats.
Blogger and podcast co-host Rebecca Watson has a piece up at Slate about the sexist backlash she received in the skeptic community when she talked about feminism and her experiences as a woman. Sadly, her story resembles others you’ve probably heard: threats, accusations that she’s lying or exaggerating or can’t take a joke, more threats, etc.
Her piece is somewhat cathartic, especially with snappy observations like this:
What I said in my video, exactly, was, “Guys, don’t do that,” with a bit of a laugh and a shrug. What legions of angry atheists apparently heard was, “Guys, I won’t stop hating men until I get 2 million YouTube comments calling me a ‘cunt.’ ” The skeptics boldly rose to the imagined challenge.