I’ve been watching, and occasionally kibitzing on, the misogyny on various atheism blogs and then watched the misogyny get carried over into the atheism plus discussion, which gets its own flak. It seems that some people, self-described atheist or not, self-described skeptic or not, sure get their panties in a wad when they don’t get their way and the external validation they evidently desperately need. (BTW, I post on the freethought blogs as hexidecima since for some weird reason some of the blogs won’t accept my wordpress credentials). What I’m writing now is based on 10,000 foot view of what the situation seems like to me, not one in the trenches. I may be wrong on exactly how things started but where things have ended up is pretty clear. And when it comes to seeing a hero of mine dissed and dissed carelessly, I do love to get my teeth into the issue.
First, we had some atheists getting in a snit over someone being called on their various bad behaviors and the request for policies standing against sexual harassment at real world events (this post seems to be a good rundown on how things started). You know, in the 21st century, I’d think we’d at least be having more of a clue on how to treat people, even if we still don’t have personal jet packs. If someone doesn’t like you, or does not want your attentions, and tells you to stop, that’s what you do. You don’t whine that the person has no right to tell you want to do or no right to complain; you admit you are wrong and learn from it. Maybe next time, you’ll act like a human being and not have such trouble getting positive attention that you must revel in the negative. I got enough of this crap in the gaming and historical recreation communities. Continue reading “What the Boss Likes – Taking a stand because you dissed one of my heros”