Dawkins is in the news lately, getting hammered - even by fellow Cult of Gnu members - for his "hey a bit of genital fondling ain't that bad" stance. It's funny, of course, and deserved... but the weird thing here is that what Dawkins is saying is nothing new at all. He's had this attitude, and been pretty open about it, for years now.
I can't help but suspect that the reason he's getting slammed about this *now* has less to do with his actual statement, and more to do with the fact that he's been judged as being on the wrong side of a political question. In particular, the wrong side of the left-leaning, activists Gnu atheist's feminist brigade. They demand nothing less than complete subservience, and Dawkins not only refused to give that - he actually snubbed feminists over ElevatorGate. He may well be paying the price for that more than anything.