Tag Archive: Harassment

May 20 2014

Pretty funny


Stephanie collected some of the nonsense from the distant watchers of Women in Secularism 3. It’s pretty pathetic, as usual. I found this one amusing for its brazen…invention. Oh really? Who and where are all these women? I know of a handful on Twitter, but a handful is not “most” – there were far more …

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Apr 18 2014

Whose job

PZ also marvels at this idea that internet bullying doesn’t count. (PZ is at the AA Convention; I wonder if he’s dropped in on the art show yet.) He starts with the suicide of Amanda Todd and the arrest of the guy who harassed and extorted her. I pointed out back then that some members of …

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Nov 29 2013

Everyday sadism

Another chapter in the annals of harassment, especially harassment of women. A guy called Hunter Moore posted a photo of a young woman that had been hacked from her computer on his Revenge Porn website. Her mother had worked as a private detective, and she got on his case. I emailed the site owner, Hunter …

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Nov 15 2013



A bookend for the Sara Mayhew item, because this one strikes me as peculiarly vicious and tiny-minded. Ophelia Benson @OpheliaBenson     9 Nov CFI combating superstition in Uganda http://dlvr.it/4HqYQp [link to guest post here by Bill Cooke] Skep tickle @Ellesun         9 Nov @OpheliaBenson Might I suggest link to original post at CFI on campus, 3/2013? Also, how …

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Nov 08 2013

This is just what happens to women online

Laura Bates takes a look at online sexism. (Cue a rumble of outraged outrage in response.) The internet is a fertile breeding ground for misogyny – you only have to look at the murky bottom waters of Reddit and 4Chan to see the true extent to which it allows violent attitudes towards women to proliferate. …

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Aug 27 2013

There are far worse people out there

Mother Jones has a long article on “ElevatorGATE.” Earlier this month, at least five women contacted Xavier Damman, the CEO of Storify, to complain that a user who goes by the handle “elevatorgate” was harassing female users via Damman’s popular social-media curation site. I could have told them that two years ago, or any time between …

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Jun 10 2013

One of these things is not like the other

No. It wasn’t year long. It was season long – summer 2009. It was about four months, June through September, while the promotion of Unscientific America was in high gear. It wasn’t incessant. It responded to articles Mooney, or Mooney and his co-author Sheryl Kirshenbaum, wrote attacking “new atheists.” It lacked a number of features …

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Jun 07 2013

A response

So there’s Nugent’s response to the shamelessly dishonest “Open Letters” demanding that he denounce me for doing something I didn’t in fact do. Let’s take a quick look at it. Thank you for the various open letters and emails regarding the ongoing conflicts between some atheists and skeptics on an interacting range of issues including …

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Mar 16 2013

How to move on and rise above and ignore


How do you demonstrate that you are too wise and grown up and sensible to feed internet drama? By ignoring it bringing it up out of the blue for no apparent reason when no one was talking about it.

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Mar 01 2013

Lazy blogging. Bad writing.


Sara Mayhew must have wanted more attention, because as tonyinbatavia pointed out in a comment, she posted another random tweet about Stephanie and me, apropos of nothing. Learn to summarize someone else’s point instead of quoting huge blocks of text. Lazy blogging. Bad writing. Examples: @OpheliaBenson @szvan She’s weirdly persistent about picking fights with me. …

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