When Simone DeBeauvoir wrote her opus "The Second Sex" she coined the term 'the other' or 'l'autre.' She used this term to signify a woman's place in the world. Basically stating that women were considered the second sex. Meaning, they were secondary to the men. Although from a biological/ statistical standpoint women outnumber and outlive men. When I wrote my graduate thesis I took the ideology of 'the other' further. I wrote my thesis on Phillis Wheatley and called her 'the triple other.' I called her this because she was a slave, an African, and a woman. Therefore, she literally had three strikes against in the societal view of eurocentric patriarchal colonial America. I too, often feel like 'the triple or even quadruple other.' I am black, gay, an atheist, and educated. Therefore, I am often marginalized, ostracized or just excluded because of these things. I am excluded from society as a whole or groups that do not want to give me membership and or acceptance. For example, during my graduate career I was often excluded from my co-horts and professors because of my race and later my sexual orientation. African Americans and Blacks from all parts of the world excluded me because of my sexual orientation, due to the fact that I obtained a college education, I am an atheist, and I am in an interracial relationship. Society in general, considers minorities who dare to climb the eurocentric patriarchal ladder a threat to the hegemony. So, I wonder, as Atheists do you feel like the other?