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Slymepit – A forum/opposite of a fan club dedicated to hateful obsession with Skepchicks and FreeThoughtBlogs. Think 4chan but obsessed with a very small number of people. They make photoshops, videos, write stories, tell rape/PTSD jokes, come up with crude nicknames, stalk our home addresses, work places, and use hospitalizations to start STD rumors — that sort of thing.
—Ashley F. Miller

The "Slymepit" is a discussion board that began as a series of completely unhinged discussion threads, originally going by the name "The SlimePit", on the ScienceBlogs site of formerly-respected virologist-blogger Abbie "ERV" Smith. Started in the wake of Elevatorgate and populated by vocal misogynists, confessed trolls, and other lost souls, they were forced to move to a separate site as a result of National Geographic's takeover of ScienceBlogs. Its entire reason for existing is to create a massive circlejerk around the meme that "feminism is poisoning atheism," and as a result is heavily dominated by the kind of atheists who tend to prefer leaving their prejudices about women, economics, and occasionally race unexamined.[1]

They don't particularly like RationalWiki, and have adopted Slymepitter Franc Hoggle's term "baboons" used originally to describe PZ Myers and Pharyngula. They also really don't like Rebecca Watson, PZ Myers, Jen McCreight or anyone who calls them out on their crap, generally referring to such individuals as "beta cucks" and "white knights". The entire exercise seems to be one enormous justification for being allowed to hit on women on elevators in the wee hours of the morning. A bit of a productivity waste, eh?[2][3]

Its existence is more sad and pathetic than anything else; outside their unexamined prejudices, a lot of Slymepitters were formerly respected, but have been largely ostracized from the more self-questioning sides of skepticism, and therefore see themselves as being bullied by mean ol' women and manginas. There's some overlap with the men's rights movement here.[4]. One of the Slymepit's greatest "achievement" was their shameless exploitation of a mentally disturbed woman to "get back" at PZ Myers.

The term also refers to the overall culture of people who believe and/or promote Slymepittish things, even if they aren't, strictly speaking, a member of the group.


[edit] Slymepit satire

The Slymepit is infamous for the terrible quality of its 'parody' and 'satirical' photoshopped images. Not all images featured on the Slymepit were created by regulars; some of the images made elsewhere are posted without any attribution. Sometimes images of a similar calibre are misattributed to the Slymepit (presumably due to having the same preoccupations). If you're wondering where the humour is in any of these, you are not alone. Like manosphere image macros[5] and conspiracy theorist propaganda posters, logic, legibility and laughter take a very definite back seat to the attempt to play up to the group's own prejudices and talking points.

[edit] This is what passes for satire there

See how many of the following make any sense to you without accompanying explanation.

For your own safety, try to contain your mirth.

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[edit] Footnotes

  1. The Slymepit, Documented
  2. Meet the Slyme Pit
  3. Meet the Slyme Pit 2
  4. A nice collection of Slymepitters on twitter going full MRA and Gamergate
  6. Slymepitters will tell you they aren't a fan of him, yet they will jump in to defend him every time he gets into a fight with "SJWs". A simple search of the Slymepit forums will reveal multiple threads where they organize attacks against people who "wronged" Thunderf00t, including complaining about our own article on Thunderf00t (archive)
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