(Lester William Polsfuss of Waukesha, Wisconsin died today from complications of severe pneumonia. He was 94. Music will forever be in his debt.)
Despite that bit of sadness, however, this has been an exciting week. Carrie and RebeccaÂ ignited a great discussionÂ with an interview onÂ the Novella Family Variety HourÂ podcast about gender in skepticism. The discussion subsequently spilled over to Skepchick, and for the past few days it’s been a great, very intelligent, mostly civil dialogue.
But hey, I’m a dude. Okay? I’m a guy, and I work here with all women. Don’t get me wrong.Â I love being the only guy here. ContributingÂ to SkepchickÂ is the epitome of awesome. It’s extra strength awesome. It’s awesome with cheese on it. But this topic can stop me in my tracks. Not becauseÂ I don’t understand the issue. I think I do. But sometimes I hesitate.
I mean, I’ll offer my opinions, andÂ my thinking is pretty much in lineÂ with the other contributors, but because I’m the only guy and because gender inequality hasn’t really affected me negatively, I still feel aÂ bit like an outsider.
In what situation(s) do you feel like an outsider? Is it ever a problem or do you relish being different?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.