Rebecca Watson (born October 18, 1980) is an atheist blogger and podcast host. Watson founded the website Skepchick. Rebecca Watson has written about widespread misogny within the atheist community and she has received threats of rape. Prior to the Elevatorgate scandal, a scandal involving atheist Richard Dawkins' insensitive comments made to Watson, Wired magazine made the observation that atheists tend to be quarrelsome, socially challenged men (see also: Atheism and women).
Rebecca Watson and Sid Rodrigues were married, however, on April 8, 2011, she announced that she and Rodrigues were separated and seeking a divorce.
Elevatorgate is a term commonly used to describe a scandal involving Richard Dawkins' inappropriate comments made to fellow atheist Rebecca Watson. In 2011, Richard Dawkins was widely criticized within the atheist community and in various press outlets for his insensitive comments made to atheist Rebecca Watson about an incident which occurred in an elevator (see: Richard Dawkins' Elevatorgate comments).
Rebecca Watson and Elevatorgate
As a result of Elevatorgate, atheist Rebecca Watson wrote concerning Richard Dawkins:
|“||This person who I always admired for his intelligence and compassion does not care about my experience as an atheist woman and therefore will no longer be rewarded with my money, my praise, or my attention. I will no longer recommend his books to others, buy them as presents, or buy them for my own library. I will not attend his lectures or recommend that others do the same. There are so many great scientists and thinkers out there that I don't think my reading list will suffer."||”|
Atheist Rebecca Watson and post Elevatorgate claim concerning harassment
Post Elevatorgate controversy, at an atheist convention, Rebecca Watson claimed:
|“||Hundreds of atheists have informed me that either they wanted to rape me, someone should rape me so that I will loosen up or that no one would ever rape me because I am so ugly".||”|
In addition, Watson declared: "It get regular rape threats. I get regular rape and murder threats".
Allegation that Rebecca Watson was behaving hypocritically
Amanda Read wrote in the Washington Times that she believed Watson was behaving hypocritically and declared:
|“|| The point is that because the issue is sexism in the atheist movement, perceptions of sexism are not based on absolute principle, but on relative emotion.
Watson speaks out against the sexual objectification of women, but she apparently sees nothing wrong with the pinup calendars that she and her female atheist friends publish. Myers defended her views on his blog, but only last year he linked to an interesting interview with Nina Hartley, a feminist atheist who sees nothing wrong with women performing as sex workers.
You see, sexism and the exploitation of women are not immoral to godless women as long as such things are on their terms.
For more information please see: Elevatorgate
Rebecca Watson and Thunderf00t factions of atheism
On July 1, 2012 Rebecca Watson wrote post Elevatorgate controversy:
|“|| Skepchick has been exposed for what it is: a totalitarian Nazi clique who created an anti-harassment policy specifically so that men could harass women in bars and Muslim could force us to wear burqas. I know it’s true because noted atheist intellectuals Paula Kirby and Thunderf00t said so!
I debated whether or not to write about this because the recent insults about Skepchick have been so self-evidently ignorant and wrong that I felt it would look like we were picking on tiny, angry babies. And no one likes to see that. I’m relenting only because the sheer amount and absurdity of the insults have reached a level that cannot be ignored, like a large mob of angry babies brandishing pacifiers and blankies as weapons.
- Rebecca Watson - Skepchick - Rebecca Watson founded the blog Skepchick
- Rebecca Watson - a note about my personal life
- Rebecca Watson - Twitter
- Rebecca Watson - Google +
Criticisms of Rebecca Watson:
- Of sexism and atheism: Richard Dawkins gets in trouble with feminists - Washington Times, July 16, 2011
- Rebecca Watson: Poster Child of the Anti-Creationists
- ↑ The Privilege Delusion by Rebecca Watson - Skepchick
- ↑ http://voxday.blogspot.com/2007/08/socially-autistic-atheist.html
- ↑ http://skepchick.org/2011/04/a-note-about-my-personal-life/
- ↑ Richard Dawkins Gets into a Comments War with Feminists by Caitlin Dickson - The Atlantic Wire, Jul 06, 2011
- ↑ PZ Myers and the Art of Shameless Dishonesty
- ↑ FreeThoughtBlogs and PZ Myers
- ↑ Of sexism and atheism: Richard Dawkins gets in trouble with feminists, Washington Times, July 16, 2011
- ↑ Hot Gossip: We’re All Burqa-wearing Nazis