This title is a bit of an exaggeration of the point I want to make today but only a bit of one. And that worries the hell out of me.
No, I am not saying anyone deserves to be raped. Quite the opposite. I think that is about the worst thing you could wish upon anyone. I think even saying it "as a joke" is beyond the pale. People who do it or defend doing it disgust me. That's why I am bothered to see the reactions of Judith Curry to a discussion by one Sarah Myhre, who wrote things like:
As a student and then a professional scientist, I have been assaulted, raped, harassed, demeaned, belittled, and threatened on the job. That is right. Every single professional gig that you might read on my CV comes with a litany of backstories of abuse and violence.
And spoke in a podcast about how she received many misogynistic responses when she publishes things/posts on the internet, including "jokes" about raping her. I would like to think we could all get behind condemning misogyny, sexual harassment, rape "jokes" and especially rape. Unfortunately, Curry chose this response on Twitter:
But the irony of a bullying female scientist complaining about online bullying of female scientists is a bit much . . .
— Judith Curry (@curryja) December 7, 2017
Because Myhre had tweeted this about her:
Hey Folks. Judith Curry is absolutely a climate denier. Climate contrarian. And irresponsible. #HouseScience
— Dr. Sarah Myhre 🇺🇸 (@SarahEMyhre) March 29, 2017
Myhre called Curry a "denier" and said she is "irresponsible." Curry calls this "bullying," portraying it as equitable to what Myhre expressed outrage over. This wasn't a one-off tweet from Curry either. She followed it up with a blog post where she wrote:
Is this category of female scientists particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment? Probably not. However, owing to their strident and often irrational behavior, they are very vulnerable to not being taken seriously by males in the scientific community and viewed as undesirable for faculty or other leadership positions.
The video by Sarah Myhre and Jacquelyn Gill referred to earlier: #MeToo: The Harassment of Women Scientists Online – and Off raises the prospect of online bullying of women.
Hmmmm . . . such as what Michael Mann has done to me? Wait, Andrew Montford (Bishop Hill) spotted a tweet from Sarah Myhre from last spring,
Myhre discussed misogyny, sexual harassment, assault, rape "jokes" and rape. Curry dismisses everything Myhre said about these issues because Myhre engages in "bullying" by doing things like call people "deniers." The message this sends if you call someone a "denier," you don't have any room to complain about misogyny, sexual harassment, assault, rape "jokes" or even rape.
This is pathetic and disgusting.