My first opinion on what has come to be known as “elevatorgate” came from The Amazing Atheist.
As an aside, why must every single scandal have the word “gate” attached to it? Why can’t it be “elevatorpassageway” or “elevatordoor” or “elevatormovable-barrier-in-a-fence-or-wall”? C’mon people. It’s been 37 frickin’ years. You’d think we’d be more creative than that. Then again, we’re talking about America. Alas for my country!
As much as I enjoy the videos of The Amazing Atheist, I think he can be a douche. I agree with him 85-90% of the time, but I unsubscribed due to his douchey behavior. Obviously, I still watch the guy or I wouldn’t be talking about his take on elevatorgate.
The Amazing Atheist made perfect sense and I was on his side until I heard the actual story (not a strawman version) and read Richard Dawkins’ obnoxious response:
Stop whining, will you. Yes, yes, I know you had your genitals mutilated with a razor blade, and . . . yawn . . . don’t tell me yet again, I know you aren’t allowed to drive a car, and you can’t leave the house without a male relative, and your husband is allowed to beat you, and you’ll be stoned to death if you commit adultery. But stop whining, will you. Think of the suffering your poor American sisters have to put up with.
Only this week I heard of one, she calls herself Skep”chick”, and do you know what happened to her? A man in a hotel elevator invited her back to his room for coffee. I am not exaggerating. He really did. He invited her back to his room for coffee. Of course she said no, and of course he didn’t lay a finger on her, but even so . . .
And you, Muslima, think you have misogyny to complain about! For goodness sake grow up, or at least grow a thicker skin.
My god. Or rather: my sky-daddy-I-don’t-believe-in-anymore.
Is Dawkins really that big of a dick?
I didn’t want to believe it. I’ve always thought of him as my favorite horseman of the apocalypse. I’ve always wanted to meet him. I’ve had actual dreams about meeting him. I admired him that much.
And you thunk Christopher Hitchens was a douchebag!
At age 43 (and barely holding), I should have given up on the idea of heroes long ago. Part of the problem is I put Dawkins on a pedestal he obviously doesn’t deserve. He didn’t ask to be put there. I put him there myself.
So I guess it isn’t entirely his fault my opinion of him has dropped from adulation to low-level contempt.
Will I still buy his books? Probably. But I’ll remember there is another aspect to his personality. He’s an arrogant, privileged denizen of the UK who has never faced life as a woman. He doesn’t know what it’s like to walk alone in a scary parking garage (one of my phobias) or end up alone with a man who is hitting on you in an elevator at 4 a.m.
I thought feminism had pretty much done away with the worst of misogyny, but Richard Dawkins’ inability to understand why Rebecca Watson found the elevator guy “creepy” makes me realize we still have a long way to go.