Update: Coffee Loving Skeptic was asking for a retraction from Rebecca Watson about the fact he didn’t call her a cunt. She has just posted the retraction asked for.
No seriously, a guy complained that I misrepresented him. “I’d NEVER use the word cunt, you feminazi!” Duly corrected. LOL
Coffee Loving Skeptic didn’t actually say that to Watson as far as I can see. However, a quick search through his blog found this article where he refers to Watson as a Feminazi.
Rhys wrote about how the Coffee Loving Skeptic didn’t seem to get why Rebecca Watson would block him despite the dismissive way in which he wrote about her in several blog posts. People started pointing out that actually, it wasn’t to do with the undercurrent of sexism within his blog posts. It was about Watson falsely accusing him of calling her a cunt.
When I pointed out that they were over-simplifying the issue that had deeper roots, I was told that actually we were over complicating it. Basically, by pointing out a lack of respect being the initial cause of the recent drama (e.g. the reason Rebecca blocked CLS in the first place), we were over complicating the situation.
As Amy Davis Roth recently said, ‘talking about sexism isn’t the problem. Sexism is the problem‘. I don’t believe that pointing out the way in which the Coffee Loving Skeptic was dismissive of Rebecca Watson in his blog posts that ultimately led to the recent Twitter drama is over-complicating the situation.
It’s pointing out the initial problem.
If Rebecca was mistaken then retracting her statement would be a good move, however the Coffee Loving Skeptic himself admits that he could be described as ‘watson-ist’ because of the things he has said and written in the past (though he does agree with Rebecca Watson on some things, and doesn’t just oppose her because she is who she is.) The current issue may revolve around the fact that Rebecca Watson has accused him of calling her a cunt when he didn’t, but this is not a standalone issue – it’s simply a product of a much bigger issue that the Coffee Loving Skeptic had with the way in which he wrote about Rebecca Watson.
As he said, this isn’t something he can change, but this shouldn’t be something that others simply sweep under the carpet as a non-problem. It is a problem worth noting, and pretending otherwise is ignorant and dishonest.