Did I get your attention? Was it brash enough? Should I add some insults to the mix? Or will I still be relegated to the mediocrity of this social change and freedom from religion movement because I don’t have balls?
An article that was originally published as “The Unbelievers: New Atheism and the Old Boys Club” was reposted yesterday as “Why the New Atheism is a boys’ club” in The Guardian. It got the attention of some of our readers who sent it in to us.
The article asks some questions we have heard before but they are still relevant and worth discussing.
Why is it that women in the atheist movement are not treated with the same respect given to the men? And if you try to say that women haven’t contributed in equal ways, be sure to read the article linked above and if you haven’t already, do familiarize yourself with Jennifer Michael Hecht and the book Doubt. Hecht’s book was a precursor to the “New Atheist” movement. Then, come back here and answer the following questions:
Why it is acceptable and respectable for men to be an outspoken members of the atheist movement but women are looked down upon or more often, simply dismissed for doing the same thing? Can women be respected as leaders of social change or does society demand that the voices of rebellion and change be those of men? And if so, why?