Women atheists are genuinely considered monsters – “A lot of times, secularists want to imagine themselves as wonderful progressives in a really pure and clear way—that they’ve been on the right side of history. And there’s evidence for that. But if you look at the statistics on atheism, it’s very white, male group. Historically, you could see that as well.”
We ignore girl-driven activism at our own peril – “I’ve been living this book for years, learning from girl activists, being amazed and energized by them. The catalyst has probably been their repeated, justified frustration with adults who have the best of intentions but overprotect and override their voices—who, in spite of what they say, don’t really take girls seriously as experts on their own experience.”
Let’s stop helping Terrible Men go viral – “No one can or should ever be blamed for being upset or voicing their opinions about Terrible Men, but it’s also important to remember that these men want something from us—many believe we owe them our attention, desire, or words—and what is internet notoriety (even the negative sort) but attention they have managed to garner through our clicks and hate reads?”
Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.