June 5, 2012

Blocked, Not Shocked

In my last post, I offered my two cents on the whole Rebecca Watson-DJ Grothe feud. 

While I didn't expect everyone to agree with me, I certainly hoped that anyone who read what I wrote, both in the blog post itself and in the comments beneath it would see that I am far from a Watson-hater. 

In fact, I agree with much of what she has had to say, and while I think much of Grothe has argued is equally valid, I fully support Watson's decision to not attend TAM. 

I would have thought, however, that Watson had a thicker skin than to block me from her Twitter feed after the following exchange. Watson had posted a link about the King and Queen of Norway being required by law to be members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 

Clearly in a playful mood, she followed up with a whimsical tweet, which I responded to in the hopes that she had a sense of humor about herself. Clearly, she does not... 

Yes, this tweet elicited no smiles, chuckles or guffaws, but rather a "block" from Rebecca Watson. 

Look, I get she might not have found it funny. But I meant it in good spirits. However, it goes to prove my point that when you read something, it often leads to misconceptions about the intent of the statement. And the only way to know for sure is to ask, not to cut off communication. 

Watson doesn't know me, so she doesn't owe me anything. If she took it the "wrong way" so be it. However I would have hoped that as someone who is upset that her own printed words were taken to mean something that she did not intend, that she would be a little slower on the trigger finger to judge others. 

Food for thought...


  1. I would have thought, however, that Watson had a thicker skin than to block me

    What on Earth made you think that?!

  2. Well, to be fair, anecdotal evidence isn't proof. Shame on me for giving the benefit of the doubt, I guess.

  3. I was having a conversation with someone on her blog when she reached in to ban me. And the person didn't mind, that that someone had decided for them that they shouldn't hear an opinion. Shocking.

  4. Welcome to the world of free speech and honest debate American Girlyban style. Copied directly from the creationist websites they mock for same tactic. Prima facie public display of what I have been pointing at-out since I became aware of it post Elevator Guy.

    1. Somewhat hyperbolic! And what's 'American Girlyban'?

  5. No, don't be silly. She takes herself WAY too seriously.

    Seriously, she must have blocked thousands of people.

  6. You didn't realize? RW has magical-subtext-gleaning powers, as demonstrated when she castigated someone clearly socially inept for asking her out for coffee and obviously meaning sex.

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