There is a very intense discussion going on at Pharyngula right now concerning the reactions to a pro-atheist cartoon that depicted a dialogue between a religious bunny and an atheist bunny in which the atheist bunny is smart and rational and the religious bunny is stupid and irrational. Pretty early in the comment thread discussing the cartoon itself, someone pointed out that it was unfortunate that the cartoon propagates a misogynist trope by having the silly religious bunny be wearing feminine attire and use pink dialogue bubbles, while the rational atheist bunny is wearing masculine attire and uses blue dialogue bubbles.
A shitstorm then ensued, initiated and powered by a bunch of d00ds (1) flat-out denying that the cartoon could be propagating misogynist tropes, (2) flat-out asserting that all that matters is the intent of the author, and (3) flat-out asserting that even if the cartoon might be propagating misogynist tropes, it isn’t important and bitchez should STFU. Each of these things is, of course, totally false.
Unfortunately, PZ decided that the significance of this shitstorm is that “sometimes a bunny is just a bunny” and not that d00ds are constantly belittling the misogyny that permeates every single aspect of our patriarchal society and telling bitchez to STFU. As a skeptic, PZ ought to scrutinize his own reaction to the “tempest”, unpack the influence of patriarchy and misogyny on that reaction, and apologize for getting this so wrong.