Yes-- there were jokes going around about all the things TAM didn't have a policy against-- and therefore they (JREF) must be "for"-- They don't have a policy against theft so they must be pro-theft etc. It was a way of mocking those who claimed that not having a public anti-harassment policy meant that TAM were pro harassment.AndrewV69 wrote:Hmmmm. I think someone (Franc?) mentioned the lack of a policy that forbade the nailing of your penis to the front desk?Guest wrote:Yes-- Ophelia considers the reference to immolation a twitter comment about TAM not having a self-immolation policy ( http://skepchick.org/2012/07/ask-surly- ... with-hate/)to be a death threat:
I wonder what she would have made of that?
I think Ophelia considers her letter from a fan (that supposedly kept her from TAM) to be a death threat too. But if the stuff we see is the worst... (and I'm sure it is or we'd be hearing all about it) then misogyny and death threats don't really seem to be a problem in the skeptic community as Rebecca alleges. ThunderfOOt was right. I notice they bad mouth him in the comments of Ophelia's blog and lump him in with Laden though he made no threats at all. He just refused to be bullied into accepting there were real threats out there because there is NO evidence of such a thing.
Everybody knows that PZ's fans are the ones that bring in the money to freethought blogs... and so everyone has to cater to them and PZ. You better not say anything nice about ThunderfOOt or Abbie or anyone they think of as enemies... and you better not say anything critical of Rebecca, PZ, or his loudest fans-- or you will be a "vacuous shitbag troll" too. This is the essence of bullying. They gain power by defining who is "in" and who is "out" and forcing people to pick sides.
Like the witchfinders in Africa, these people get their power and attention by outing secret misogynists (whether they are actually misogynists or not). They force others to join in (write letters of support) or risk being labeled next.