The first news I got in the new year was that someone at JREF was drunk-tweeting–or that their Twitter account was hacked. Given that two tweets got out, I suspect the latter. They weren’t bad tweets, but the wording wasn’t what I would suspect even if the sentiment had been sincere.
Tweet 1: New years resolution: don’t attack women for speaking out about feeling uncomfortable.
Tweet 2: New years resolution: don’t mock and scapegoat my allies.
I just don’t think they’d be talking about scapegoating that baldly. Given that the tweets came down very quickly, someone at JREF appears to agree with me.
As a drunken joke involving accidentally pressing Tweet–twice–they would be kind of funny. As someone hacking the @jref account, they are, of course, much less so. The reactions to them from the usual crowd of Twitter anti-feminists, however, are hilarious.
One was relatively rational given their prior stance.
Others were just bizarre.
Yes, “RIP JREF”. Because if the organization can’t scapegoat anyone, there go all their programs. The million-dollar challenge is doomed (DOOMED!!!) without scapegoating.
Because a rape joke always makes a bad situation better.
Because caring about whether women are uncomfortable in our movements is strictly limited to Atheism+ and not attacking is swearing fealty to…things.
And a response to that last tweet:
Feminism is now practicing medicine without a license.
Not attacking = suspending rationality.
Anyone still wonder why we don’t consider the anti-feminists to be skeptical or, indeed, able to cobble together a basic argument?