A Quick Note on Speaking and Acting Up
I just wanted to pop in and throw my support at Rebecca, Jen McCreight and all the other outspoken people who have been targeted with the ridiculous amounts of trolling and outright hate that we have seen escalate over the past few months.
Did you guys hear how they posted my home address with a photo of where I live on at least TWO different hate sites? Yeah, that shit actually happened. This from within the so-called rational skeptic and atheist communities.
I haven’t had a lot of time to blog about any of my experience with these types of behaviors because my solution to all the negativity that gets vomited daily into my online existence is to make art and do good deeds. I fight the hate by finding positive activities to participate in. Gotta keep it balanced! That goal of fighting the negative with the good is one of the main reasons why I have been doing the series with men who are leaders in secularism speaking out against hate directed at women. More of those articles are coming soon.
And right now, I am working on multiple art projects to help good people do great things. Want to yell at me and tell me how horrible you think I am online? Fine, but it just encourages me to raise money for the people you want to see fail. Probably best not to poke me with a stick if you want social justice orgs to fail.
So what am I currently up to?
First of all, in honor of Jen’s efforts I am making and selling A+ necklaces with 50% of proceeds going to the Secular Student Alliance. You can find them in my etsy shop. I will be posting and making more over the next few weeks. I asked Jen to pick her favorite non profit. SSA was her choice and I am thrilled to help support them! About SSA:
The mission of the Secular Student Alliance is to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human-based ethics. We envision a future in which nontheistic students are respected voices in public discourse and vital partners in the secular movement’s charge against irrationality and dogma.
I am also making limited edition necklaces for SkeptiCon which is a fantastic event that is happening In Springfield, Missouri, November 9-11. I will be donating 50% of the proceeds of those necklaces to the event so they can keep on offering free admission while maintaining a kickass line up of speakers. I will be there with a table. Jen will be there. Rebecca will be there. There will be a lot of other fantastic speakers. You should be there too.
If time allows, I am also going to make some necklaces to help the org Secular Woman raise money for travel grants to that event as well. SO if you need help getting to SkeptiCon check out their site!
AND I have started some custom necklaces for CSICon happening on October 25-28 in Nashville, Tennessee. A whole huge handful of the Skepchicks will be attending and will be speaking on a panel there. Last year, CSICon was the most fun I ever had at a conference. I bet this year will top it. Be there.
The moral of this story is, when internet trolls threaten, harass and stalk me, I do more to help causes that I think are important.
So congrats haters! Rebecca is louder. I am more productive.
And we are just getting warmed up.