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Very Long; Did Read; Did NOT Despair At Humanity

Quick post – read this as an intro, then dive into this.

The first is an explanation of the crap that Thunderf00t’s been up to by Jen at Blag Hag. The second is just one facet of the consequences of his actions, and a conversation about what his actions say about the atheist movement.

My response to the former:

My response to the latter:

Well, a cross between that and frustration.

Yeah – I have officially lost all respect for Thunderf00t at this point – he sounds like a cackling vaudeville villain by this point.

But it’s OK, because all that respect can now be put in Natalie Reed, who is, as of now, being added to the “blogs I read folder”. If a little over-long, her article on what his actions and the movement mean to her is inspiring.

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I’m a man, and yet I’ve *still* never threatened anyone with rape…

Right, I’ve been looking at this for a few days, and thinking about how to handle it. I mean, I’ve got to have an angle, right? If I’m going to start talking about she-bloggers being on the receiving end of horrible abuse, I’ve got to have a position.

I mean, this has been everywhere over the last week – the Guardian, making the rounds on Freethought Blogs, I’d put good money on Skepchick having covered it.*

This is the shocking news that the worst bile of the internet is reserved for ladies who blog, and that it’s past time people started talking about it.

Laurie Penny, the woman who has officially said enough is enough:

“I believe the time for silence is over,” Penny wrote on Friday, detailing a series of anonymous attacks on her appearance, her past and her family. The writer sees this new epidemic of misogynist abuse as tapping an old vein in British public life. Irrelevant personal attacks on women writers and thinkers go back at least to the late 18th century, she says. “The implication that a woman must be sexually appealing to be taken seriously as a thinker did not start with the internet: it’s a charge that has been used to shame and dismiss women’s ideas since long before Mary Wollstonecraft was called “a hyena in petticoats”. The net, however, makes it easier for boys in lonely bedrooms to become bullies.”

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