Sharon Moss, President of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio with Lyz Liddell, Director of Campus Organizing at the Secular Student Alliance recently did a guest post over at Jen McCreight’s, Blag Hag Blog called, When Gender Goes Pear Shaped. The article has gotten a lot of people upset. Men and women. Go ahead and read it. I’ll wait here.
What the F? Right!
In summary, it is an explanation of why the women (a minority) at the American Atheists’ Southeast Regional Atheist Meet in Huntsville, Alabama felt not only alienated but outright offended during a discussion of HOW to attract more women.
There has been anger on both sides of this debate. In fact, part of the article has been removed because of an uproar as to whether or not one of the male speakers has been ‘mischaracterized’ and so the ultimate verdict is still not in yet. Those of us not in attendance are patiently waiting for the video and or audio of the event to be posted. But regardless of what that particular speaker said, the fact remains that there are still more men that women at skeptic and atheist events and part of it is because women are made to feel uncomfortable.
What I want to know are some HONEST FACTS from you guys. And by guys I mean men AND women.
First of all, tell me: Do you go to or have you ever gone to events like TAM or other atheist, humanist or skeptic conventions? Why or why not? Do you go to meet a sexual partner, to make friends, to learn or for other reasons altogether?
As a man OR a woman have you felt alienated or intimidated because of your sex, gender identity, race or appearance?
What do YOU think we could do to make events and conventions more welcoming? Or do you think, F-it. Things are just fine as they are.
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.