Have many of you been following the latest happenings with PZ Myers and Thunderf00t concerning anti-harassment polices for conventions?
In a nutshell, PZ
onto FreeThoughtBlogs and TF immediately posts on the subject of women at conventions and their safety: essentially fallout from the recent DJ Grothe "there is no harassment at TAM" debacle, itself part of the fallout from so-called Elevatorgate.
I can only suggest that people read it to get a sense of what's happened, but the culmination of this, which can be found on the relevant parties' Twitter accounts, is that FT has been booted from FTB after just ten days.
My sympathies very much lie with the idea that anti-harassment polices for conventions are an entirely sensible idea and it has been genuinely shocking and depressing to see how much naked misogyny exists within the freethinkers community.
However, it has been equally shocking to see how the debate about whether anti-harassment polices for conventions are necessary or not has been conducted between two parties that I previous had a great deal of respect for. What is most shocking is the way that skeptical thinking has gone out of the window. The posts between the two have been almost as bad for logical fallacies as something by Hambo.
My feeling is that while I sympathise very much more with PZ's basic position, TF has behaved with slightly more integrity than PZ. Am I alone in feeling that this situation reflects very poorly on all concerned?