So, apparently something I said recently struck a nerve with one reader with my last post, to the point that he felt compelled to say near the end of our discussion in the comments section:
You’re under no obligation to support your assertions with, you know, actual evidence in your rant against atheists who blog on feminist issues. And we who are reading your post are under no obligation to take you seriously when you not only don’t do so but make grossly exaggerated claims and fail to admit being wrong when someone else takes the time to do the research you didn’t and point out your mistake.
He was commenting on the last post, in which I referenced “the type of hypersensitive, reactionary and every-male-is-a-potential-misogynist-or-rapist brand of feminism of the Rebecca Watson, Jen McCreight …”
This reader wanted me to cite references for my claims to prove that the Atheism Plus brand of feminism is indeed all the things I said it was. To which I said that my impression of the A+ feminists was just that, an impression and that I did not need to dredge through reams of posts and comments to validate an impression that I have gotten through two or three months of reading about this issue. I felt that would be a waste of time on my part because even if I had brought back quotes or links that I viewed as hypersensitive or reactionary, presumably this reader would have simply disagreed with my interpretation, and we would be at square one. Interestingly, I never received any quotes or links to invalidate my claim.
Further, note that I never said that Watson, McCreight and the like thought every man was a misogynist or a rapist, but based on their own posts and comments from their supporters, I got the impression that their brand of feminism was one that characterized men as potential misogynists, at best, and potential rapists, at worst. Perhaps I should have clarified further in the original post, but I thought my use of the English language was clear enough. Apparently not.
Of course, all of this does not address the myriad offenses and mishaps of the Atheism Plus crowd. For that, I highly recommend Avant Garde‘s post, “Atheism Plus: We’re Atheists… But We Behave Like Christians!”