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Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Feminism, Freethought Blogs, Skepticism | 32 comments

A Very Strange Interview With Rebecca Watson

I really don’t know what to make of this interview with Rebecca Watson. Ken Perrott does an analysis of her misconceptions about peer review here.  Watson again complains about misogyny and internet trolling, completely ignoring the abuse that comes from certain SJW and FTB sites. She also retells the Egate story (in this version EG apparently wasn’t anywhere near her at the bar?) and gives a somewhat distorted recap of this presentation in Dublin. Basically, all I can say is that I don’t know what to say…

One thing I noted is that while the interviewer can clearly see the problem of mixing ideology with skepticism, Watson can’t. Also Watson makes a point about a study where skeptics provided valid criticism of the results, while feminists provided additional criticism from another perspective, thus providing a better overall analysis. Isn’t that really an argument for keeping these groups separate? Ideally, that’s what I’d like to see, and I think Watson would make a great advocate for her particular type of  feminism, which she defines with the cliche “the radical notion that women are people.” But surely there’s more to Watson’s feminist ideology than that, unless simply seeing women as people requires the 101 blog that Watson considers required reading for everyone except misogynist parrots.

Any thoughts?