In the blog where to start Philosophy studies, a woman wrote Philosophy was patriarchal. I found this disturbing since I have believed one of the greatest characteristics of Atheism was its disconnection from ideologies that could justify sexism. I would like to believe, as an Atheist, I have treated women as complete equals.
At a staff meeting, at a school I taught at, I suggested reading Condorcet's 'The Nature and Purpose of Public Instruction" where Part 4 starts with the section 'Instruction Must Be The Same For Women As It Is For Men'. One of the Feminists on staff stood up and said "Why should I care about what some dead, old, white guy said." I thought this statement was sexist and racist and should never have been made in reference to someone who had died trying to promote Enlightenment policies, such as sexual equality, during the Reign of Terror.
Do women feel Atheist philosophers have done more to promote or hinder sexual equality? Does the gender of the person promoting sexual equality matter? If you believe it does, isn't this opinion sexist?