Despite the fact that this isn’t one of those super fancy websites that actually pays its writers in anything besides love, introductions to your favorite living thinkers, and occasional drinks, I often hear from people who want to write for Skepchick. That’s awesome! If you are one of those people, this is maybe your chance!
You see, there are two women who are very enthusiastic and eager to start writing, and I’ve been dragging my feet about adding them to the site. They are somewhat familiar to you: one is Donna Mugavero, aka Ms. Information, aka George Hrab’s right-hand woman. The other is Jacqueline Hargis, the chemist who wrote up her experience as a woman in a male-dominated science. They both add some things that I think will improve the site greatly, and I’m really looking forward to getting them on board.
And yet! There is still something we are missing, and so I’m publicly asking if one more person would like in. Here’s are the non-negotiable basics of what we’re looking for:
- You have to know how to write concisely.
- You have to have a sense of humor about yourself and your topic.
- You have to be able to get a lot of email, both from fellow writers and from readers sending tips and comments.
- You have to be ready for a few assholes to comment on your stuff (but you will always have a support network of Skepchick writers).
- A person of color: though we do have a few non-white writers (not including Esceptica), I feel that we are still overwhelmingly white and American.
- A person who strongly identifies as LGBTEtc: I know that’s a huge spectrum, and we do have a few writers who fall into that spectrum. But for the most part, our current crew is overwhelmingly straight and cis-gendered.
- A person who is disabled: again, some of the writers have varying levels of ability (I seriously don’t even know how to phrase that correctly, I apologize), but we are overwhelmingly able-bodied.
- Maybe something else that we’re missing and you have it but we don’t know it yet.
The reason I list these is not to fill some sort of governmental blog oversight quota, but to get a writer who can approach our usual topics (skepticism, science, feminism, secularism) from a perspective that is currently missing – not just missing from this site, but from the greater skeptical/secular/atheist community as a whole.
Like I mention above, there is no pay for this gig. What this can do for you, though, is give you, and your favorite issues, a voice. Are you a black female atheist who wishes more people were reading your blog or recognizing your fellow black female atheists? Link away! Are you a transgender woman who wants to discuss feminism and the science of gender? Go for it. A quadriplegic theoretical physicist who wants to talk dark matter and wheelchair accessibility of university lecture halls? For the last time, Professor Hawking, the answer is “no” until you clean up your language.
And yeah, we’ll even consider your application if you’re a guy!
So, interested? Did I mention there’s no pay? STILL interested? OK. Send a relatively brief email to skepchick [at] skepchick.org with “Help wanted” somewhere in your subject line. Be sure that the email includes your real name, your interests and background, and links to any writing you’ve done.
If you don’t think you fit what we’re looking for but you think you know of someone who might, please send them the link to this post, even if they don’t currently read Skepchick.