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elevator +‎ -gate

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  1. A controversy of 2011 over whether the American blogger Rebecca Watson was right to suggest that a man in an elevator inviting her to his room for coffee was behaving inappropriately.
    • 2015, Karla Mantilla, Gendertrolling: How Misogyny Went Viral:
      One of the difficulties for the women whom Elevatorgate is “Storifying” lies in making a determination as to when his following them becomes obsessive enough to qualify as stalking and whether that signifies actual danger for the women he is obsessed with.
    • 2015, Corey Wrenn, A Rational Approach to Animal Rights: Extensions in Abolitionist Theory:
      This divide can be traced to the infamous 2011 “Elevatorgate” incident following Skepchick founder Rebecca Watson's experience with sexual harassment at a skepticism conference.
    • 2015, Stephen LeDrew, The Evolution of Atheism: The Politics of a Modern Movement, →ISBN:
      Dawkins' reaction to the Elevatorgate debates was therefore not only ideological but also strategic, born of a pragmatic desire to maintain movement cohesion and ideological focus.
    • 2018, Russell Blackford, The Tyranny of Opinion: Conformity and the Future of Liberalism:
      Seymour would have been on stronger ground if he'd criticized Nagle for her comments on so-called New Atheism and her description of a sequence of events in 2011 that was labelled at the time as Elevatorgate.

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