Rebecca Watson: Poster Child of the Anti-Creationists
|July 7, 2012||Posted by scordova under Atheism|
Or should I say pin-up girl of the anti-creationists? Yes, she posed nude and had her fellow femminist/atheist anti-creationist Skepchicks pose nude as well for a pin-up calendar to raise money for their anti-creationist cause:
In 2006, Watson released The Skepchick Calendar, a pin-up calendar featuring pictures of skeptical women for every month. Proceeds provided the attendance fee for several female applicants to attend the James Randi Educational Foundation’s The Amazing Meeting. New calendars have been made in subsequent years,
Ironically, this is the same Rebecca Watson who complains that atheist men sexualize women (supposing that atheist men would behave more rationally toward women than religious men). She was the center of ELEVATORGATE where she was “invited for coffee” by a stranger in an elevator. Her comments on being propositioned in the elevator exploded into full blown GNU wars with her pitted against famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins:
Elevatorgate is the unprecedented INTERNET WAR that erupted after Rebecca Watson (above) posted a video in which she discussed an ordeal she experienced in an elevator while attending the World Atheist Convention which took place in Dublin, Ireland, from June 3rd to June 5th, 2011.
During the months of July and August 2011, the atheist-skeptic blogosphere was ablaze with accusations, counter-accusations, verbal fights, moral declarations and insults as hundreds of bloggers and millions thousands of their readers tried to determine whose assessment of the events narrated by Watson best represented the facts at hand.
Enter Richard Dawkins, who felt the whole scuffle was pointless, considering how much worse – in his view – women have it elsewhere in certain parts of the world:
Dawkins is what one might consider a ‘big fish’ in the atheist-skeptic community, and fits the profile of who feminists consider to be their worst enemy, according to their ideology – the old, white, wealthy, heterosexual male – the very embodiment of the “Patriarchy” that has, they argue, kept women oppressed since time immemorial. Feminists across the blogosphere (and there are many men within their ranks) used this coincidence as a rallying point, and the war began.
She is quoted as saying:
it creeps me out and makes me uncomfortable when men sexualize me
I feel sympathy for her that she was distressed getting “invited for coffee” in an elevator. Dawkins response to her distress was callous and ill considered especially considering Dawkins himself has a daughter about Rebecca’s age. But well, that’s our Richard….
After the incident, Watson began to make a big deal that she has been groped by fellow Darwinists at skeptic meetings and that hundreds of atheist men have been sending her messages on the internet describing their desire to rape her.
Over the past several years, I’ve been groped, grabbed, touched in other nonconsensual ways, told I can expect to be raped, told I’m a whore, a slut, a bitch, a prude, …. told I deserve to be raped – by skeptics and atheists. All by skeptics and atheists. Constantly.
I’m sorry for her being treated this way (but you know, according to evolutionary biologists Thornhill and Palmer, Natural Selection views such behavior favorably). Nevertheless, Rebecca might consider that some of her own behavior is not helping the situation — like marketing nude photos of herself and her colleagues to make money and then releasing photos of herself in the bathroom which say:
Let’s Co Evolve a symbiotic relationship … in my pants
Who brought my attention to the whole Rebecca Watson affair and PZ Myers’ suppression of academic freedom in the aftermath