Why Richard Dawkins Is An Asshat

 

I’ve been watching on the sidelines as Richard Dawkins tweets himself into a corner. It all started when he tweeted a cartoon uploaded by a but-I’m-not-a-Men’s Rights activist, SargonofAkkad aka Carl Benjamin, on Youtube, (I won’t link it because it’s misogynist crap) The cartoon was ridiculous and featured a young woman that men’s rights activists have attacked for at least 2 years and who they call ‘Big Red.’ She was just a young woman who was at the University of Toronto protest against Warren Farrell, who is called the ‘father’ of the Men’s rights movement.

Here’s Dawkins’ original tweet that was captured and later erased :

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This young woman was unlucky in the sense that she attended a protest at the University of Toronto and was video recorded by the fellas over at the misogynist hate site A Voice for Men. In fact, the man who continually talked over her and interrupted her in the video was Dan Perrins, an MRA who has a criminal record for assault and stalking. Even I have a police report on him for stalking me.

Lindy West attempted to educate Dawkins, to get him to remove the cartoon tweet, because she knew it would result in another round of harassment and threats. Dawkins eventually removed the tweet but then doubled down after someone sent him the actual video of the protest, which he re-tweeted.

Dawkins retweet of Toronto Protest

 

Dawkins called this young woman ‘vile’ and basically said she deserved whatever she got as long as it wasn’t threats. He carried on retweeting MRA’s and even suggested that the threats and harassment Big Red has gotten for at least 2 years were just fake. He even retweeted Andrea Hardie aka Judgybitch from A Voice For Men.

 

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Let’s educate the hypocritical white male on this entire situation.

First, there is no alliance between radical feminists and Islamists. None. The cartoon itself was one giant strawman. It’s clear to me that Dawkins, like his MRA followers, don’t know the difference between radical and neoliberal feminism. These guys go to Jezebel and think that’s radical feminism. Hint: it’s not. There is no rational argument to be made that any form of feminist thought is in line with Islamism. The cartoon itself made zero sense. It was just an attack on women and feminists. Are we supposed to think Dawkins is ignorant of this fact? Clearly not, because his original tweet pictured above is him singling out a ‘minority’ of feminists.

Fun fact: if you do a search on google.ca for ‘big red feminist’ it returns 18.7 MILLION results.

Second, Dawkins was sent (probably by an MRA) the original protest video from Toronto and decided that Big Red deserves whatever scorn she gets. Why? Because she told Dan Perrins to shut the fuck up? I thought Western women could tell men who were harassing them to shut the fuck up? Did Dawkins know what was taking place there? It was like any other protest where women are video recorded by men’s rights activists and harassed. Did Dawkins know that Dan Perrins, the MRA with the criminal record, was the one taunting her? Did he know that they purposely recorded her and uploaded it to Youtube with the express purpose of doxxing and terrorizing her for years? That’s what men’s rights activists do. Big Red is not a public figure. She’s a young woman who was ambushed and recorded by MRA’s for the express purpose of harassment both online and offline.

Further Reading on Dan Perrins:

CBC Radio Interview Exposes CAFE’s Justin Trottier’s Dishonesty (Trottier calls an MRA who sits on his Board of Directors (Dan Perrins) an extremist.’

Dan Perrins Calls the Police on Me For Being a ‘Radical Feminist Who Hates Men’ | Mancheeze

Dan ‘Kill The Bitch’ Perrins of AVFM and CAFE On A Liquid Diet For ‘Ethics in Journalism’ Or Something | Mancheeze

Dawkins, who bleats wildly over the dark-skinned men and their Sharia Law, is behaving exactly like they do. Islamists single out ‘SOME’ women, the ‘bad ones’, and publicly stone them. Dawkins thinks there’s a subgroup, a class of Western women, or ‘some feminists,’ that deserve to be abused and ridiculed. He clearly outlined that Big Red deserves male abuse because she’s ‘vile’, a ‘Lovecraftian horror’, and ‘nasty.’

Why does Big Red deserve abuse? Because Dawkins says so. He was told she was a young woman who was singled out by MRA’s and abused on social media for years but that didn’t phase him.

Dawkins was then dis-invited by the NECSS conference in New York. This sent the manbabies in a fury.

Dawkins responded:

I woke up this morning to see a public announcement that my invitation to speak at NECSS 2016 had been withdrawn by the executive committee. I do not write this out of concern about my appearance or non-appearance at NECSS, but I wish there had been a friendly conversation before such unilateral action was taken.

I bet the young woman you targeted for further abuse wished for the same thing. Even when you were notified that she was targeted you doubled down after watching ONE VIDEO. Did you speak to her and find out about how she felt being terrorized for 2 years?

It is possible I could have allayed the committee members’ concerns, or, if not, at least we could have talked through their objections to my tweet. If our community is about anything, it is that reasoned discussion is the best way to work through disagreements.

Except when it comes to ‘some feminists’ you decide are vile and deserve it.

I might mention that, before receiving any word from NECSS, I had already deleted the tweet to which they objected. I did it purely because I was told that the video referenced a real woman, who had been threatened on earlier occasions because of YouTube videos in which she appeared to her disadvantage.

You did delete it and then you said she deserves more. You retweeted men’s rights activists who were saying her harassment was fake.

I have no knowledge of the authenticity of the alleged death and rape threats. But to delete my tweet seemed the safest and most humane course of action. I have always condemned violence and threats of violence, for example in this tweet, which I also posted the day before the NECSS decision.

 

There it is again, you DENY that she was even harassed when all it would take is a simple Google search like I did above to find out the truth of it. Or hey, maybe you could’ve tried speaking with her before taking the word of every MRA fanboy you retweeted? Just a thought.

 

I wish the NECSS every success at their conference. The science and scepticism community is too small and too important to let disagreements divide us and divert us from our mission of promoting a more critical and scientifically literate world.

Ugh.

It’s too bad Dawkins doesn’t take that critical approach when talking about feminism, something he clearly knows nothing about but feels totally free to conflate with Islamism. I mean how scientifically illiterate is that?

And today it’s no better:

 

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Today, a long post was published to explain the decision to uninvite Dawkins from the upcoming NECSS con. It was surprisingly mild in my opinion considering Dawkins behaviour. And let me say one more thing, although I find myself in disagreement with some of the folks over at FreeThoughtBlogs, they have some excellent posts up. Here’s a few I really liked:

Dawkins Goes Denialist: An Open Letter to the CFI Board

NECSS Dumps Richard Dawkins Over Hate Tweet | Skepchick

UPDATE:

Dawkins posted a Nazi propaganda image this morning. It was hidden in the code at the bottom. It was screencapped before he erased it. This was an accident but it shows that Dawkins isn’t so skeptical about what he’s tweeting while he’s going after ‘Social Justice Warriors.’ The term itself is something the Manosphere and Alt Right dudes use to castigate feminists.

I have a post coming up on the Western male hypocrisy in regards to the sexual assaults in Cologne and other cities in Germany. It will be a doosie.

 

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23 thoughts on “Why Richard Dawkins Is An Asshat

  1. Reblogged this on WolfWomanoftheNorth and commented:
    Dawkins is just as much of a “regressive leftist” as neoliberal feminists are. He thinks he can hide this fact by pointing the finger at feminist women, then claiming victimhood when people see through his shit. Just like other atheist men who think they’re logically superior to everyone else, he feels entitled to dictate feminism to women, even if it involves hurting other women in the process.

  2. “Because she told Dan Perrins to shut the fuck up? I thought Western women could tell men who were harassing them to shut the fuck up? Did Dawkins know what was taking place there? It was like any other protest where women are video recorded by men’s rights activists and harassed. Did Dawkins know that Dan Perrins, the MRA with the criminal record, was the one taunting her? Did he know that they purposely recorded her and uploaded it to Youtube with the express purpose of doxxing and terrorizing her for years? That’s what men’s rights activists do. Big Red is not a public figure. She’s a young woman who was ambushed and recorded by MRA’s for the express purpose of harassment both online and offline.”

    You said it so much better than I could. Thank you. My heart goes out too Chanty Binx.

    Which is more vile, to be a young woman student telling a group of men trying to silence you at a protest to beat it, or to be a world-renowned scientist and huge public figure parroting a reactionary right-wing men’s group trying to destroy this young woman? Here’s who you’re with, Professor. Look at the sidebar on the right here, at the Blair Bitch Project. That’s Dan Perrins with the long beard. What they are, you are. And if vile doesn’t express what you are, it certainly doesn’t express what Chanty Binx is.

  3. I fully respect the elderly (although I have to say, it’s focused on women), but I’m starting to wonder whether Dawkins is losing it a bit. Or perhaps, as with many, the closer you get to the end the more you start to think, “well, what do I have to lose? Let’s let it all hang out now!”

    His behaviour is shameful. A real class act, especially as an academic and supposed intellectual.

    I know women are always hanging on to this silly belief that there are good ones out there, but honestly, all you need to do is wait long enough and they’ll all show you what they’re really made of. They just need the right *trigger*. The misogynist turd is always in there under the surface. Some surfaces you have to scratch more deeply than others.

    • Would be nice if it was senility, but that’s giving an out. I’m going for woman hater, with a side helping of antipathy to the antics of Social Justice Warriors who also hate women but manage more successfully to brand the targets of their ire. Exactly like every other MRA out there, except with Radical Feminists and claimed TERF’s in the cross hairs instead of women in general.

      I can’t remember who said women have no idea how much men hate them, but it’s true. You keep on getting this sense of surprise when predictably it bubbles up to the surface.

      • Yep, one must truly kick the habit of providing men with outs. They have the freedom to show their ugly selves as it pertains to women without any negative consequences.

        Re the quote, it was Germaine Greer. And she was right on the money.

      • Yes, it would be nice if it were senility, and there’s always a part of me that checks myself about ageism, because it really isn’t nice. But with Dawkins I think it’s just White Male Privilege on Steroids. Clueless. Uninformed but thinks he knows everything/Mainsplainer. Sexist. You’d think he’d have the sense to do some fact checking about what he’s tweeting before he makes an ass out of himself, but apparently it doesn’t matter when it comes to women and/or feminists.

        Also, British men do have their history of being arrogant boobs on top of everything else he’s got going on. As storyending said, “a real class act.” NOT.

        And I think it was Germaine Greer who said that women have no idea how much men hate them. Truer words were never spoken.

  4. Dawkins, who said that women are not funny and should never be funny so that men could be funny and thereby have a better opportunity to fuck us.

    Dawkins, who took an idea and what was once an entire movement begun by a woman, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, took advantage of her murder at the hands of another man, and that opportunity to insert himself into her role as spokeswoman for atheism – and who claims along with other gatekeepers of the patriarchal scientific establishment to be the voice of all atheists – along with a bunch of other withered, misogynist men.

    Dawkins, who joined in on the attack on Rebecca Watson, which I recall had something to do with her being a privileged white woman with no oppression that could compare to that of Muslim woman. It was something along those lines.

    So, now he’s done it, again.

    This business of blaming feminists for attacks on women by Islamic men is absolutely EVERYWHERE! Many articles I’ve read in many different places on the ‘net have all asked, “Where are the feminists?” Some have gone so far as to try to show that feminists are in league with the Muslim rapists. It’s the same old themes we get from the misogynists, who themselves most want to hurt and destroy women: “Women love rape. Women ask for it. Women enjoy being hurt.”

    And, this question, “Where are the feminists?” Right now, in the Netherlands and in Germany, if you tweet anything critical of Islam, even if you are a woman who dares to talk about being harassed or attacked by them, you are likely to get a visit to your house from the police. I’ve seen in now in comment sections and in foreign-language articles. “Where are the feminists?” They are under siege. They are in grave physical danger – and these pigs are encouraging the attacks!

    • I think it was Christopher Hitchens who proclaimed that women aren’t funny. I’m not aware that Dawkins has ever weighed in on that.

      • I stand corrected. You are right.

        There are a few nasty, old, white men who pretend to represent atheists and one of these self-righteous misogynists looks like another to me.

  5. The animation is exaggerated but there is a feminist double standard that treats rapists differently based on their religion and is defending islamist rapists.
    Obiviously this is also not a alliance as it is one sided and islamists don’t give feminists any special treatment.
    You can either start dealing with your movement neglecting its original core issues or remain in denial and let MRA:s have a field year as your ability to affect matters is based on people taking you seriously.
    Personally both suit me fine as society can strive for equality also without feminists if you people marginalise yourselves to your own circles.

      • Dude could only get something like this: “there is a feminist double standard that treats rapists differently based on their religion and is defending islamist rapists.” – from the right-wing alternative media. They’re the ones putting this nonsense out. They are purposely confusing the liberal multi-culti advocates in places like Germany with feminists. They are not, of course, feminists no matter what the sign they are carrying says. Just being female does not make a person automatically a feminist. I have some of the evidence at my own blog about the actual feminists along with women, in general, and girls who are attacked by the invaders there being silenced by the media in Germany and other W. European countries. (Also, in some cases, police visits, charges and the removal of children from anyone who dares speak about being assaulted or raped by the Muzzie men.)

        They have silenced the feminists and trotted out these liberals before the cameras, then they say, “See! Feminists want this!” and now men – many on the right, especially – are using this opportunity to claim that feminists support Islamic rapists, that women ask to be raped by them, that they are getting what they deserve, etc., etc., you could recite the rest of it in your sleep.

        Men NEVER ask us what they think – they TELL us what they think we think as if it were fact and there is no ground for argument (we’ve had visits from liberal white dudes here that were no different in this regard – maybe worse!). This is patriarchal authoritarianism, of course. They all think they are daddy and daddy knows best. Men are sick in the head, nothing new there.

      • Furthermore, the reason the dudes are jumping on this idea (feminists love being raped by Muzzies) is that they are angry that they, white men, are being told not to rape. If they can demonstrate to each other that women, especially white women, enjoy being raped by Muslims (and this is all over the place right now, wherever right-wing men gather, this idea that white women love to be raped by black men), then this makes their rapes and abuses of us more acceptable in their own minds.

        We share the planet with this filth! It’s just wrong!

  6. Thank you for this exceptionally clear reporting on what happened. They get away with this shit on a cyclical basis, with some people, because they are such good gaslighters, obfuscators, and derailers, who know exactly how to poison the water and then pretend they can’t possibly understand what it is you crazy feminists are going on about, the water is fine. You nailed them perfectly on this one.

    • Thanks. What struck me is Dawkins idea that ‘SOME WOMEN’ should be singled out for male abuse. That’s the same as the darkie Muslims he goes on and on about. They single out the ‘BAD WOMEN’ too and stone them.

  7. On another note, another attempt by men to assimilate radical feminism out of existence is going on. It is the ongoing project of John Stoltenberg and Kristan Williams of the Transadvocate if I have all that right. They are misinterpreting people like Catherine MacKinnon now that they have misinterpreted Andrea Dworkin.. It’s a new project of marginalizing gender-critical women. The gall of these dudes is breathtaking. They must be laughing their heads off. It’s as if we women announced that MtT people have realized they are actually trans-exclusionary.

    http://www.advocate.com/think-trans/2016/2/03/new-history-project-unearths-radical-feminisms-trans-affirming-roots

    http://radfem.transadvocate.com/category/interviews

    I am trying to spread the news to radfems.

      • Yes and it was great. But this is a truly awful continuation. It’s a fucking transactivist campaign to erase radfems. Since I knew you were already up to date I thought I’d mention it here.

        “Black people truly don’t have a problem with white supremacists — look at this weird distortion of Black liberationist statements us white guys have come up with to make us look good! Thank goodness we came along to tell you what you think! And what you think is that white supremacism is cool! Your leaders have all said so, we have shown you your error, so shut up!”

  8. Dick Dawkins is just a run of the mill academia schill. You shouldn’t care about his irrelevant opinions. Its not that I’m a creationist that I say this, the guy is a product of BBC and nothing else.. He spreads pseudoscience like a dog shitting everyday.

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