I’ve been looking at a thread on Pharyngula that has me thinking a bit. It’s about “The Amazing Atheist”, who went on a huge disgusting rant on Reddit, and then posted a follow-up video, with ensuing drama within the online atheist community.
OK, so, very internet.
Two things fascinate me. First, at the end of his retort to PZ Meyers, The AA pulls out “but I’m a submissive!” like it’s some get-out-of-jail-free card. Really gross, and to me really disturbing….it makes me wonder how often people try that shit.
And then, during the discussion, one of the commenters goes down the usual road of “well, if he’s a submissive then he maybe he had some traumatic weirdness in his past…” and everbody, I mean everybody, gangs up them to say “fuck off”. I don’t hang out on Pharyngula, so I don’t know what the local tone is like, but they’re really assholes to this person. But it isn’t a specifically pro-BDSM crowd. I wonder if there’s a larger norm being established that that kind of pop-psychology speculation is bullshit?