This tweet was retweeted by Richard Dawkins’ Twitter account yesterday:
Good for you Lucy. Good for you. There are numerous women who have, but I’m glad you’re not one of them.
The problem, however, with this tweet is of course the second sentence. Lucy seems to be saying that either is the abuse imagined, i.e. that the recipients interpret the abuse as sexist while it is actually just for laughs or something. It is a little tricky to treat death and rape threats as funny jokes, but I suppose if you’re naive enough you could manage it. The other option is that the abuse women receive online is caused by women assuming these people are misogynists, therefore the sexism is really the victim’s fault for being so uppity. The classic victim blaming that we so often see of rape victims.
So yeah, Lucy. You’re full of shit.
… and Richard Dawkins retweeted it.
Sure, boys and girls, stick your heads in the sand. The world is full of sexists and racists and homophobes and what have you. The skeptics/atheist movement is made up of real people too. They may be less hateful than the Christian right-wingers, but they are far from innocent. People will keep standing up to the abuse and the bullies. If you want to hide behind the bullies and defend them, then fine. We’ll put you with them and go our separate ways and make our own movement or something.