So a certain Gather Sky Writer has penned another hatchet job against pro-science folks, atheists, and agnostics. The latest post by this article implies that the annual "Amazing Meeting" is filled with male predators, and any woman risks sexual abuse in attending.
Visiting the website, I read that "The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) is an annual celebration of science, skepticism, and critical thinking. People from all over the world come TAM each year to share learning, laughs, and the skeptical perspective with their fellow skeptics and a host of distinguished guest speakers and panelists." What, no mention of nude cocktail parties or poolside orgies?
Okay, the conference is in Las Vegas. Probably any conference in Vegas is going to be frequented by a few males who are hoping to get lucky. Might just be frequented by a few females who want to get lucky, actually- let's be fair. Â How does the phrase go- what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Â People have a few drinks, and somebody asks somebody else if that person wants to come to the room of the first person. Hey, I bet it happens at Republican Party meetings in Vegas. The writer used the phrase "sexual harassment" to describe a male conference attendee inviting a female attendee to his room. Hey, that's not sexual harassment. Sexual harassment occurs in a workplace in which one staff member is in a position of power over another staff member and uses sexual behavior as a tool. When you are at a party and see an attractive person of the opposite sex and make a proposition, it can be rather crass- when it is unwanted. When it IS wanted, well, I guess that makes it less crass. But it is not against any laws- unless the person being propositioned has a reason to believe that the propositioner will NOT take no for an answer.
If this certain Sky Writer has a point here, it should be backed up with a case history of a woman who was raped at this annual conference. No such case history was presented- I imagine because it did not exist.
I find it odd that this writer would manufacture this silly story of male predatory behavior, when the real world is so filled with such tales that do not need to be manufactured. How many rapes at the average US university annually? How many rapes of female soldiers in the US military? Â Oh my goodness, we can't badmouth the US military. That would be terrible, even though in fact the US military has so much rape and other forms of sex abuse that many young women reconsider after they see it and quit.
I am often disappointed by Gather. That's nothing new, it's been true for years.To be fair, there are times that persons of my political persuasion (liberal) have a "knee jerk" and blurt out a prejudicial comment, or an entire prejudicial post. But still, I think this was a pretty egregious example of crappy journalism.