I love the follow-up comment… “always wondered why anyone gave two shits about such a boring blogger myself”
I have little doubt that he’s referring to Dawkins, but the way that he phrased it makes it initially seem as though he’s directing it at Rebecca herself. The latter certainly seems more appropriate. I used to follow Rebecca’s vapid blog posts long before she ever stepped into the elevator, and quite frankly, she never had anything remotely interesting to say. “Wow,” I realized, “People really do just follow her because she’s a girl in the skeptical community. Nothing more.”
Then I discovered Paula Kirby.
Oh, I agree about Steven Novella. Again, I firmly believe that Rebecca’s chief contributing factor to the SGU (particularly the podcast) is that she’s female. Listening to the podcast, she is the most distinct voice on the show, setting her apart from the Novella brothers, who all sound the same, and Evan, who barely manages to stand out, himself.
But again, being distinct also brought to my attention that her contribution to the show is mostly vapid and redundant. She doesn’t actually contribute to the show that much, other than being the female voice.
It really took me a while to understand why my female friends don’t like her, which is because Rebecca sounds like an absolute idiot any time she talks, and yet she is the representative woman on the show. Imagine if you were represented by a moron. You’d be pissed, too.
A third species of woman is rather an interesting one which is called Meritorious Mediocrous in Latin. Meritorious Mediocrus is perceived as a great Amazon bird of prey to many of those within men’s circles. Tales of her exploits become legendary and her name is revered wherever she goes. Even in far away lands, children are regaled with stories about the brave and mighty Meritorious Mediocrus.
There is a natural problem built within the species Meritorious Mediocrus though, and this is why some experts wish to rename this bird as Annika Sorenstamus. You see, Meritorious Mediocrus gets an enormous amount of attention for placing 96th out of 111, simply for being a woman. No-one knows who was 97th, 95th or even 5th – but everyone knows when Meritorious Mediocrus places in the bottom 15% of the field, and she receives gratuitous adulation for her accomplishments.
We see this same phenomenon all throughout society. A woman accomplishes something “great” simply by becoming, say, a firefighter. In fact, a newspaper story might appear on the front page because of this particular example of a Meritorious Mediocrus, and sumptuously entertain the readers with her heroism in becoming a firefighter. A man, however, who is stronger, faster and has fifteen years experience on her, will not receive any praise for his “accomplishments” unless he charges fearlessly into a blazing orphanage and single handedly rescues a dozen toddlers. Then of course, when he is done, he sees a little girl crying that her kitten is still trapped inside. So the male firefighter again gallantly dashes into the inferno, intending to rescue the kitten, only for the entire building to collapse upon him, killing him instantly. That story will make the eighth page in the same newspaper.
The problem with Meritorious Mediocrus stems from her fame and influence far outstripping her insights and accomplishments. The effect of this is that the lower end of the spectrum tends to have a louder, more influential voice than the higher end of the spectrum. And somehow, there is just something not right about that. It’s like the natural hierarchy of the universe gets turned upside down.
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Why did she changer her avatar? Every time I see it now, I wonder if it’s a parody account. Then I read the words and it’s obviously Becky. You’d think she’d use the t-shirt logo instead. I can’t stand Watson, but that t-shirt design is pretty damn cool. She really does do the opposite of what I would do in every situation it seems.