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Essay: Richard Dawkins and the supervolcanic eruption of feminist atheism

Cross-section through Long Valley Caldera. The valley is one of the Earth's largest calderas.

According to the website Internet Geography:

A supervolcano is any volcano capable of producing a volcanic eruption with an ejecta volume greater than 1,000 km3 (240 cu mi). This is thousands of times larger than normal volcanic eruptions. Supervolcanoes are on a much bigger scale than other volcanoes. Unlike composite volcanoes, with their steep sides, they are difficult to spot. They are typically depresssions in the ground. The calderas are so large they can be seen from space. They have been identified in Indonesia, in New Zealand, in South America and an extinct one in Glen Coe in the UK.

Supervolcanoes can occur when magma in the mantle rises into the crust from a hotspot but is unable to break through the crust, and pressure builds in a large and growing magma pool until the crust is unable to contain the pressure (this is the case for the Yellowstone Caldera).[1]

Supervolcanos of atheist feminism are difficult to spot. Dawkins never saw the massive eruption coming. Conservapedia did

After previously apologizing to feminists and others for the Elevatorgate scandal, Dawkins retracted his apology and said, "I don’t take back anything that I’ve said. I would not say it again, however, because I am now accustomed to being misunderstood and so I will... I feel muzzled, and a lot of other people do as well.“[2][3][4]

Elevatorgate is a term commonly used to describe a controversy involving New Atheist Richard Dawkins' 2011 comments made to atheist Rebecca Watson which are perceived to have been inappropriate by a sizable portion of the atheist community and to the public at large.[5] Watson is a feminist.[6]

Elevatorgate was a supervolcano eruption of atheist feminism.

Prior to Elevatorgate, on November 1, 2010, Monica Shores' Ms. Magazine article titled Will “New Atheism” Make Room For Women? criticized the News Atheism movement for being sexist.[7] She also cited Conservapedia in her article and indicated: "The lack of lady presence is so visible that Conservapedia commented on it by noting that Dawkins’ website overwhelmingly attracts male visitors."[8]

On August 10, 2010, Conservapedia created its Richard Dawkins and women article. On August 11, 2010 Conservapedia created its atheism and women article.

Vox Day wrote in the his book The Irrational Atheist about Dawkins's claim that teaching children about Hell is more harmful to children than "mild child abuse":

Richard Dawkins is perhaps one of the last men on Earth who should be discussing what is the right and proper way to raise children, given that the number of his wives outnumber his offspring.

In his letter to his daughter Juliet, addressed to her at the age of ten and published in A Devil’s Chaplain, there is little mention of love, no admission of regret, and no paternal promises. As one British journalist noted, the letter is “coldly impersonal” and “authoritarian.” There is no expression of interest in what might be important to her.[9]

See also: Richard Dawkins and love

All the signs of a supervolcanic eruption of feminism between Richard Dawkins and feminists were there: his two divorces; the abrasiveness of Richard Dawkins; his anger management problems (see: Richard Dawkins and anger); the poor social skills frequently found among atheists and political correctness growing on college campuses and within the liberal community. And then more magma and pressure started building up after Monica Shores' article in Ms. Magazine.

Richard Dawkins' with his frequent interpersonal/social tone deafness never saw himself himself being buried beneath the molten lava and ash of a supervolcanic eruption of atheist feminism that he personally would trigger. He was completely oblivious to the possibility. He never saw it coming, but Conservapedia did.

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See also


  1. What is a supervolcano?
  2. Richard Dawkins stands by remarks on sexism, pedophilia, Down syndrome, by Kimberly Winston | Religion News Service November 18, 2014 and syndicated to the Washington Post
  3. Rebecca Watson's Twitter post about Dawkins' apology
  4. Who is belittling what? by Richard Dawkins
  5. Rebecca Watson (July 5, 2011). "The Privilege Delusion". Skepchick
  6. Will “New Atheism” Make Room For Women by Monica Shores, Ms. Magazine
  7. Will “New Atheism” Make Room For Women by Monica Shores, Ms. Magazine
  8. The Irrational Atheist. Chapter VIII DARWIN’S JUDAS by Vox Day