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    "ElevatorGate" discussions on Pharyngula and other blogs on ScienceBlogs and FreeThoughtBlogs. Defenses of Watson brought in hordes, and I do mean hordes, of furious men. There were literally four thousand comments in three days, just on Pharyngula, not to mention tons of comments elsewhere, at the time. This thread on the subject, more than two months after the initial blow-up, topped out at more than 1,200 comments.

    While not all "progressive" atheist men are innocent in this, I suspect it has much to do with the high number of libertarians in the atheist movement. Aside from the various levels of hostility they evince to legally protected rights for oppressed groups, libertarians are, typically as well as stereotypically, affluent white men who will gladly spend hours arguing with people who disagree with them just so that they can be "right." If you've ever seen the Ron Paul fanatics flock to an anti-Paul post and fill the comment thread, you know what I mean.

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