For the atheist/freethinker bloggers and commenters who are throwing around sexist epithets …

I hope you’re not planning to apply for a job in the future:

Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle
A year-old start-up, Social Intelligence, scrapes the Internet for everything prospective employees may have said or done online in the past seven years.

Then it assembles a dossier with examples of professional honors and charitable work, along with negative information that meets specific criteria: online evidence of racist remarks; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos; flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.

This trend described in this news story may hurt those who think it’s fine and dandy to call a woman a “cunt” or to create the portmanteau “twatson” to refer to a woman that one disagrees with.

Examples of this can be found here, here, and here on the ScienceBlogs web site if you can stomach the stench of the conversations.  Since the blog author compared Rebecca Watson to the Sith Lord Anakin Skywalker (and there must be Star Wars corollary to Godwin’s Law lurking in the comparison), I’m sure she will appreciate her blog posts and supporting commentators  being called a “wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

What is (in my humble opinion) an example of reasonable commentary on this come from Ophelia Benson’s web site:

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3 Responses to For the atheist/freethinker bloggers and commenters who are throwing around sexist epithets …

  1. Gee, what happened to philosophers debating IDEAS instead of resorting to ad hominem attacks?

  2. ERV says:

    “I’m sure she will appreciate her blog posts and supporting commentators being called a “wretched hive of scum and villainy.””

    I do! If you actually read ERV (because Im sure you are interested in important topics like novel cancer treatments, cutting-edge HIV-1 research, gene therapy, novel vaccines, etc, and arent just reading ERV for the drama) you know that I regularly refer to my blog as ‘Mos Eisley’. It is the way it is, and unapologetically so.

    Though I am intrigued by the idea that using a, as you call it, ‘sexist epithet’ is ‘wrong’, but calling a female who disagrees with a premise 1) liar, 2) ignorant, 3) gender traitor, 4) sex addicted heterosexual, 5) homosexual with penis-envy, 6) non-human primates, etc etc etc is fine, and not really worthy of comment.

    Interesting.

    Thanks for your input.

    http://scienceblogs.com/erv/2011/01/the_antarctica_files_penguin_s.php

  3. Abbie – FYI, I will reply fully when I have available time off from work. Also, thanks the penguin video link. The free/open-source software community use a penguin as a mascot/logo for Linux.

    Also, I do read your blog for more than the recent drama (your blog’s RSS feed is on my personal Google page along with the other blogs that I follow). As someone who is astounded with the fact that intelligent and educated folks are turning their backs on basic public health measures like vaccination, I appreciated your recent post on “Pregnant mothers vs unvaccinated kids.”

    Anyway … the weekend is almost over and I’ve got an early day at work tomorrow. More to follow.

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