In previous discussion about the recent Synthese controversy, several people noted that Francis Beckwith referred to Barbara Forrest as "Ms. Forrest" in his rebuttal, and this sparked some conversation over whether this was evidence of sexism.
In this context I think it's interesting to note Beckwith's recent contributions to the discussion at a really weird and disturbing blog (read the mission statement HERE) named after the Crusades and dedicated to fighting "the Jihad" and "liberalism" in the service of something they rather frighteningly call "Christendom."
Anyhow, in Beckwith's comments (the substance of which are discussed at Elsberry's blog HERE) he refers to Professor Forrest as "Barb" at least six times. Here's an example:
I had wanted to quit Di in 2004 and 2007, but was talked out of it, twice. As a gift to my wife, on our 20th anniversary, July 11, 2007, I quit DI. It was Frankie, not Barb, that was the inspiration. I hate to break it to you, Barb, but it was another woman.
Well all I have to say is that I think anyone who argued that Beckwith's use of "Ms." was not condescendingly sexist now owes the rest of us an apology!
[There's also a strange performative contradiction, because he claims that Forrest should have known this, but then refuses to say anything about it to an interlocutor on the blog. Anyhow, I encourage people to check out the blog to get some idea of what is at issue. Then to cleanse yourself maybe go read Kant on the Enlightenment. I'm going to do that now.]
[ADDENDUM: In comments below Bizarre provides THIS LINK to more of Professor Beckwith's epistemic and moral repulsiveness, this time put into the service of denying civil rights to homosexuals.]