I mentioned this whole elevator thing in passing to my friends yesterday and they said
"is that the thing where Dawkins said something stupid?"
I was astonished they knew anything about it at all, but apparently the only bit that filtered out into the world was that Dawkins responded badly. Very, very badly. Astonisingly so considering how much thought his typical response has had put into it. But then, we are all human.
One friend (who mentioned it to when I saw Rebecca's original video) said "you never told me the Dawkins bit" and I had to explain that hadn't happened yet when I told her. That it'd been an interesting and complex story *before* he stuck his foot in his mouth. It was interesting as soon as Rebecca said "don't do that."
Apparently Richard Dawkin is overshadowing the event he was commenting on. Like when people mistakenly credited him (instead of Ariane Sherine) with launching the first Atheist Bus Campaign. Which is a shame. We don't need to focus on the scandal and ignore the lesson to be learned. We need to learn and make the world better.
I honestly don't think it's that hard to void creepy elevator behaviour. Complicated, yes, but not hard. I've done similar calculations walking down the street at night:
"Ok, I'm walking behind this girl, and she's on her own, if I slow down to keep my distance I might seem like I'm stalking her till we are in a quiet place, if I speed up to overtake it might look like I'm about to jump her."
You think about how your actions might be interpreted, not what you intend. Simple.
For the record I'd go past in a well lit area or cross the road and run a block or two...