Rebecca Watson has been getting a lot of crap and praise lately.
Long story short…She went to a convention to talk about women that go to skeptic type conventions and don’t want to be hit on by guys when they go. She went to the bar and had some drinks and at 4am she headed up to her room. Guy followed her on the elevator and told her she was interesting and would like to talk some more and invited her to his room for some coffee. She said no and went to her room. days later she posted a video going into more detail and explaining her feelings on the situation. few days later people were bashing her and praising her. Richard Dawkins chimed in and basically told her to stop her whining because her problems are nothing compaired to other women in the world.
She’s my feminist hero because she stood up for her self and said no. She wants to get the male dominated community to ease up on the women because we go to conventions to learn and not be hit on. (Though some women think it’s a plus if that is a side mission) We don’t want to be hit on all the time! SO I agree with her on this point.
I do agree with Richard Dawkins because there are other bigger issues out there. This problem isn’t that big of a deal.
Sara Mayhew retweeted a link today to a blog that was bashing RW for turning the guy down. (Sara Mayhew is on RW side, FYI) They were calling her ugly, and not fuckable (excuse the f-bomb), and blah blah blah. It was offensive to say the least. the comments were ever worse. Here is the site: “Up Yours, Rebecca Watson!” Jay Novella stuck up for his Skeptics Guide to the Universe Buddy which is awesome.
Now we don’t even know the guys side of the story. He could have been really genuine and really did want to talk to her. In this case she could have said something along the lines of “Not tonight, maybe tomorrow morning in the cafe” Of course I wasn’t there so I have no idea what kind of vibes she was getting from the guy or the whole situation.
But I’m very happy with RW because she’s sticking up for herself and trying to get more women to attend these kinds of events. I loved her when I saw her at TAM. I love reading her Skepchick blog and I love listening to her on Skeptics Guide to the Universe.
This is a good reach out the community to just act human but it’s also a good example of how somethings should and shouldn’t be handled. that are more important things to cause a stir about than a guy hitting on you in the elevator.