|"In your dreams, Elevator Guy!"|
Just a word from the wise, guys. Don't do that! I don't know how else to explain that this makes me incredibly uncomfortable but I'll just lay it out that I was a single woman in a foreign country at 4 am in a hotel elevator with you, just you. Don't invite me back to your hotel bedroom right after I've finished talking about how it creeps me out and makes me uncomfortable when men sexualize me in that manner.The video got a response from some deranged misogynists in the comments here, which then lead to this post at Pharyngula, with billions of comments, and then this one and this one, with billions more comments.
Obviously, the issue is not just whether Watson is entitled to be annoyed by Elevator Guy, and can express her annoyance wherever she likes. The issue is whether Elevator Guy was guilty of sexism, so counts as data for Watson's larger case that there is sexism and misogyny in "the skeptical community." She clearly thinks so, or wouldn't be lecturing "guys" as a group. "Don't do that!" is a message to all men about how to interact with women.
I think that's what some people find annoying. "That" is not always a bad thing to do, if it's coming on to women, or even coming on to women in elevators, or even coming on to them in elevators at 4 am in Dublin. So--too broad! But I do see what's objectionable to Watson about what happened to her personally. She'd evidently made it clear how she was going to react both in the bar and in a panel discussion that very night. So Elevator Guy was asking even though he already had his answer. He wasn't taking her attitudes seriously. That pattern is objectionable and has the aroma of sexism--even if the guy was actually just a klutz.
Here's Richard Dawkins' take on Elevator Guy-- Dear Muslima and then Clarification. And here's an outraged reaction to Dawkins. I sympathize with what Dawkins says, actually. I just think he's missed the elements in the story that make Elevator Guy's come on a bit worse than chewing gum.