Richard Dawkins Twitter Explosion
What in the world is Richard Dawkins Twitter up to? As you likely will have read/heard by now, Dawkins tweeted several tweets that had people in uproar. Essentially, he said that asserting x is bad but y is worse is not an endorsement of x. Why was this such a problem? Well he plugged in the example “date rape is bad, stranger rape at knifepoint is worse.” And then proceeded to say that this is not an endorsement of date rape. However, many people apparently saw this as some sort of endorsement of date rape. Or, more precisely, they worry that Dawkins is expressing a dangerous attitude that legitimizes the idea that women are sometimes to blame for rape. Are these critics right? I explore this idea in the podcast. There is a lot going on here and plenty of criticism for all sides.
Here are several of the links I referenced in the show:
Richard Dawkins Twitter account has had many problems in the past. Even if he were completely right in this recent debacle, which is definitely not a given, shouldn’t he just quit while he’s behind? Why couldn’t he just preserve his great science legacy and maybe use Twitter for some occasional promotion or science tweeting. There’s no reason Richard Dawkins Twitter should be pissing a large number of people off every 6 months or so. That said, I think critics are once again being a little bit uncharitable in their interpretations of his motives. Do people really think Richard Dawkins is a rape apologist? I really don’t think so, but I also think he’s quite oblivious to how much goodwill he has lost over the last few years.