Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ron Lindsay Demonstrates How Not To Respond To Criticism

After one of the most baffling speaches since Rand Paul at Howard University, Ron Lindsay, CEO of the Center For Inquiry writes about one of his critics
Rebecca Watson inhabits an alternate universe.  At least that is the most charitable explanation I can provide for her recent smear.  Watson has posted comments on my opening talk at Women in Secularism 2.  It may be the most intellectually dishonest piece of writing since the last communique issued by North Korea

At the very least, the smart thing to do would be to wait until after the conference was over to get publicly assholic about the fact that lots of folks didn't like your opening talk. A talk in which you lectured folks about privilege while being apparently unaware of what the concept means and managed to not introduce any of the invited speakers. A talk in which you, a middle aged male, stood up in front of  a feminist conference and lectured on what is and isn't to be considered feminism.(link above lest you think I am being dishonest in my characterization)

Giving an opening address really isn't that hard. If you wanted to be a contrarian you could have waited until the end of the conference and said "you know, I was hoping to see something better but instead I saw this...". Instead you poisoned the well at the beginning of the conference. I am baffled at what you thought you would achieve..

Oh, did I mention that the above was posted on the sponsoring organizations main website while the conference was still going on? Nice PR move. Do you have nobody to give you publicity advice Ron?

And yes I realize that I wrote all that as if I was talking to him ... maybe I am ..  middle aged white guy to middle aged white guy telling him that yeah, sometimes you have to shut the fuck up and just listen to the folks that are being marginalized if you want to learn something new.

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