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Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week.

Clarisse at Feministe explains a thing or two about “inherent female submission”. Hint: there’s nothing inherent about women at all. Or men, for that matter.

How to talk to little girls. Long story short: talk about books.

A parable about privilege, involving a dog and a gecko, who share a house.

There has been a fabulous dust-up in the skeptic-atheist blogosphere, because skeptic Rebecca Watson objected to being propositioned in an elevator, saying: “Um. Just a word to the wise here, guys: Uhhhh, don’t do that. Um, you know. [laughs] Uh, I don’t really know how else to explain how this makes me incredibly uncomfortable, but I’ll just sort of lay it out that I was a single woman, you know, in a foreign country, at 4am, in a hotel elevator with you, just you, and—don’t invite me back to your hotel room, right after I’ve finished talking about how it creeps me out and makes me uncomfortable when men sexualize me in that manner.”

Fairly straightforward, really, except that lots of men in the atheist movement objected. NB lots of men in the atheist movement supported Watson. But the special moment came when Richard Dawkins (yes, *that* Richard Dawkins) chimed in to tell her that she was doing feminism wrong.

See the video log here: About Mythbusters, Robot Eyes, Feminism, and Jokes. The relevant bit is at about 4m30s. Read Rebecca’s account of Dawkins’ response here: The privilege delusion. There’s lots of commentary around about it all: the pick of the bunch seem to be Amanda at Pandagon – Because of the implication – and Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy – Richard Dawkins and male privilege.

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