Funny story of an Internet fight between Richard Dawkins and feminists. It seems that a young female attendee to one of his atheist conferences was asked by an awkward (but polite) young man to join him for coffee. In the world of normal women, this is no big deal. If you are not interested, you just say No Thank You and forget about it. But the atheist woman mention this incident in one of her videos.
Richard commented that this was no big deal, and that women have real things to worry about instead of worrying about being offered a date. His response created OUTRAGE from the usual feminists. Because in their minds, a man (that is not deemed attractive enough) asking a woman for a date is a sexual crime. These feminists complain that such behavior "sexualizes" them. Of course these same feminists celebrate being a "slut" via "slut walk" parades and the like. They are EMPOWERED and STRONG. But then when asked politely for a date from a man that they have no interest, they suddenly become a Victorian Damsel in Distress.
The irony is that Christianity (which is despised by feminists and atheists) provided a formal structure that regulated sexual and romantic interactions. This process was called courtship. A Gentleman did not speak to an unknown woman unless he was properly introduced. Feminists called this "controlling" and demanded sexual liberation.
Now, without irony, many young feminists are asking for such sexual restraints and controls to return.
Richard Dawkins and the Victim of a Coffee Proposition
Richard Dawkins made an unexpected appearance in the comments section of biologist PZ Myers' post at Scienceblogs.com last week. Myers was commenting on Rebecca Watson's recent experience being propositioned in a hotel elevator by a male attendee of a conference at which Watson had just spoken in Dublin. Dawkins got himself into hot water by commenting in the form of a sarcastic letter to a Muslim woman, pointing out how trivial Watson's experience in the elevator was compared to the abuses Muslim women deal with on a daily basis. "Stop whining will you. Yes, yes, I know you had your genitals mutilated with a razor blade, and...yawn...don't tell me again, I know you aren't allowed to drive a car, and can't leave the house without a male relative, and your husband is allowed to beat you, and you'll be stoned to death if you commit adultery," he wrote. "But stop whining, will you. Think of the suffering your poor American sisters have to put up with."