In his book, Fighting God, David Silverman writes that he is a “proud feminist.” Amy Roth, over at SkepChick, publicly thanked Silverman for “standing with us” for implementing strict anti-harassment policies at American Atheist meetings. Feminist PZ Myers even spent $1200 for a lifetime membership with American Atheists because he was impressed by the way Silverman went after the “anti-feminist” atheists. And who can forget Silverman’s blood boiling and bile bubbling because of the Mythcon debate?
Yet we now learn that this “proud feminist” had a history of sexually harassing women. In fact, the stench of hypocrisy and deception becomes even more intense if you consider more closely the nature of his sexual misconduct, as it appears Silverman, the proud feminist, was sexually aroused by degrading women.
In one case, he meets a college student, waits for her to become quite drunk, takes her to his room, and pressures her to have anal sex with him. Then, early in the morning, he essentially kicks her out and tells her not to bother applying for an internship because that could be seen as preferential treatment – even though he gave his mistress a high ranking position in his organization.
In the other case, he seems to be acting out a rape fantasy, forcing himself on another woman while calling her a “dirty little whore,” and slapping her while telling her she “doesn’t get to say no” to him.
David Silverman once went on TV to proclaim that all religions are a “scam.” Yet all this time, the person running the real scam seems to be Silverman himself, who postured as a feminist while preying on young women he had power over.
You really have to wonder why is it that so many atheists are easily suckered into sending their money to American Atheists.