Saturday, July 30, 2011

Lest we forget about Elevatorgate...

Here's a (male) lawyer's point of view, with some excellent observations:


Mike D said...

I stopped reading when it became obvious he had it backwards.

The fever erupted when Rebecca responded damningly to a female, Stef McGraw, who had rather respectfully suggested that Rebecca was overreacting a bit [exhibit a]. Not only did Rebecca respond on her blog, in which she accused Stef of using "anti-women rhetoric" that "validates misogyny"[exhibit b], but she disrespectfully and publicly called Stef out during a speech at the CFI conference.

So, contrary to Mr. Wells, it was not teh dudes who blew it up.

LadyAtheist said...

I never saw exhibits a or b, so maybe he didn't either. A lot of the men who responded to commentary didn't reference that at all, and sometimes not even any of the original situation.

On one blog a guy said he crosses the street if he realizes he's following a woman, to make her feel at ease, and I responded that it's a nice thing to do and then several men jumped down my throat. That had nothing to do with the feminist rhetoric. Quite a few men seemed genuinely not to comprehend that women are wary of men for safety reasons, and vigorously defended Elevator Guy as "probably really only wanting conversation and coffee." (The fact that he said "don't take this the wrong way" suggests to me that even Elevator Guy knew that it would sound like a pick-up line)