Every so often, I see blog posts crop up asking where all the atheist women are at, or why our presence is so lacking. Aside from the factors of who the media paints as
"the face of new atheism", there are things that prominent atheists say and do, that at least to me, make it seem like the atheist activist movement may not as progressive as it's made out to be.
*SCREENSHOTS ARE INCLUDED*
On his Facebook/Twitter, rapper Greydon Square posted that he had "raped four tacos". Out of the 31 comments that ensued, only 3 people found this problematic (myself, a woman and a man-yay). Everyone in opposition to us was male. Everyone else was basically offended that we were offended, which Greydon went on to quote from an Eminem song. He also went on to say that,
You havent been truly offended until someone starts shooting at you. Then you've been offended
He basically decided to not engage at all and try to shut down dialogue by offering his own conclusion about being offensive, and not addressing anything else.
In instances like this, is it really any wonder why more women aren't crawling out of the woodwork? I'm fine publicly identifying myself as an atheist. But why would I want to stand with anyone who makes lights of rape jokes and who people will just run to their defense when I have a problem with it? Also, why wouldn't I question whether all atheists are critical thinkers when so many publicly have such knee-jerk reactions that they'll defend examples of rape culture in action, (or whatever prejudice may pop up from an atheist) just because it's an atheist being questioned?
I just wanted to get this out there and provide an example of why women like myself may/do not feel inclusion in this community/movement.
FYI you did not lose me, you just seem confused on why you took it this far. One things I have notice a lot of women have such strong egos, I'm not saying be submissive, but I am saying stop being such a bitch some times and trying to make yourself a victim. I grew up for 13 year with a man that drinks come home beats my sister, my mom , and I and to this day I do not drink and hate drunks. You can not heal from a trauma in life if you can't find humor in it. I laugh about things in Iraq now, but just three years ago I couldn't even talk about anything. Just like the word nigger, it does not hurt me because through education I have healed from that word also and as an educated woman you should know when something as simple as a word should not hurt you.
I'm sure just like me Greydon feels if a man rapes anyone his ass needs to die. End of story. That is how serious I take rape, I use to teach a rape prevention and defense course, so I know all about what victims go through. from the stories they say. There are different meaning for the word molest, it just does not pertain to a child.
I would never try to censor you or try to twist something you said around to make you look like an ass.