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9 responses to “Ron Lindsay’s #wiscfi twist on the conventional Opening Speech”

  1. Kate Donovan

    And relatedly, why didn’t someone nudge him and say “hey! even if you hold that opinion, maybe you should pick a different venue for expressing it?”. Knowing your audience is a fairly important skill for someone trying to lead an organization. Vital, you might say.

  2. Orlando

    The sheer gracelessness of the man has left me gobsmacked. Imagine having that platform and deciding that this would be the best use for it.

  3. eilish

    That’s so deeply ironic, I might be able to laugh about it in a couple of years.

  4. Lauredhel

    I see that Lindsay has blogged a narky followup to Rebecca Watson’s followup, in which he postulates, as if it’s an insult, that she must live in a different universe. She does, Mr Lindsay, she does, we all do, and that’s exactly what she and other feminists have been trying to tell you. You, as a privileged white man, have no idea what it’s like to be a woman, what it is like to move around in the world as a woman, what it’s like to experience the discrimination and dismissal and harassment and hate that women experience. We are trying to tell you, and you refuse to listen, because you think that your universe is the only one.

  5. tigtog

    Wow.

    [Watson's post] may be the most intellectually dishonest piece of writing since the last communique issued by North Korea.

    He’s waaaay down that rabbit hole.

  6. Ali

    Ugh, what a dipshit. He may have shut up when they asked him to speak, but he wasn’t listening to the brief; he was already wondering “what brilliant piece of ‘truth’ can I plant in this platform? They’ll be so astonished, and humbled, and grateful, once they see how it is. Excellent!” . And yes, he will insist that this stink bomb of irony still smells sweet, because he seeees people! [shudder]

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  8. Xanthë

    There’s a wonderful scene amidst the Marc Norman/Tom Stoppard flummery of ‘Shakespeare in Love’, where Ned Alleyne (one of the leading actors of the day, played with notes of arrogance and charisma by Ben Affleck) interrupts the droning of Hugh Fennyman, asking with mounting frustration, “Who the hell are you?” Fennyman is about to answer back in kind but thinks better, and meekly replies “I am the money.” Whereupon Alleyne points out that he’s not ‘the talent’ and if he wants to learn to be an actor (rather than a mere financier) then he should keep silent and pay attention!

    Since learning that like last year’s WiS1 conference, the ‘welcome’ speech for WiS2 was not to be given by a woman but instead by the CEO of the Center for Inquiry, I couldn’t help casting Ron A. Lindsay as the capable financier but incompetent thespian from the movie, who insists on reminding everyone else that without him they wouldn’t be even putting on a play. And just like Fennyman from the film (who seems to have mentally rewritten the play Romeo and Juliet into The Dramatic Encounter of an Apothecary, with a whole five other acts of irrelevant happenings; and then proceeds to talk over Romeo’s lines), Lindsay was essentially given the privilege of a keynote speech to set the tone for the conference, and bumbled it with a tone-deaf, off-key brown note.

    Not content with embarrassing CFI with a massive organisational own goal, he’s since doubled down on it, not by red carding himself, but by attacking some of the players on his own side (whoops, seem to have changed metaphors). *slow clap*

    Anyway, this is where the ‘alternate universe’ kicks in – Lindsay probably has no idea precisely how inappropriate his speech was in the circumstances – with a campaign of harassment against many women in the audience having been sustained for years; and how different the situation would be if he were the female CEO of a non-profit making such an inappropriate faux pas.

    #furrfu

  9. tigtog

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