Hola everyone! We’ve just started Skepchick En Espanol over at esceptica.org, where women from several Spanish-speaking countries will be sharing their views on local and international skeptical issues.
Why? Because we cannot allow 500 million Spanish speakers in this planet to go through life without Skepchick.
Skeptics in Spanish-speaking communities have very different battles to fight. Some live in industrialized areas, while others are in areas where a large percentage of the population still lives below the poverty line. Some live in countries where people don’t get vaccinated for lack of education and/or means, others live in places where people have chosen to stop vaccinating their kids because they trust Powerpoint presentations with corny music, pictures of puppies, and a lot of misinformation,* more than they trust their doctor. Yet, there are many common fights; pseudo-sciences know no borders. Many woo providers see us as a single market, we should fight back together.
Don’t get me wrong, there are great skeptical blogs and podcasts being produced in Spanish, but they are not evenly spread geographically, women are grossly underrepresented, and there are rarely any synergies between skeptical groups in different countries. Are we trying to fix all these problems through our blog? Yes!
So, who are we? At the moment, 8 women: two Chilean, two Mexican, and four Spaniard. As for me, I was born and raised in Mexico City in a secular family with very strong science influences. My parents must have done something right since 3 out of 3 of their kids turned out skeptics. Yet, my personal road to skepticism was not a straight line. I was never much into woo but, for many more years than I care to admit, I just couldn’t be bothered to think critically. Long story short, I’m not a scientist and only came to skepticism when my brother introduced me to the SGU. I was immediately hooked.
Whether you’re a native Spanish speaker or you just want to brush up on your Spanish, head over to esceptica.org and help us create a more diverse skeptic community.
*I have not seen such a Powerpoint presentation about vaccines, but due to the large volume of nonsense being spread through this medium, it’s bound to exist.