I was so hopeful when I found Ms. Magazine's piece "Will 'New Atheism' Make Room for Women?" It's exciting enough when the media covers atheism (and is nice enough to put "New Atheism" in the silly quotes it deserves), but media coverage of female atheists is a rarity. Ms. Magazine has the potential to reach oodles of women who aren't familiar with us atheist activists. If we want more women to be involved with secularism and skepticism and more atheist men to realize how many great atheist women are out there, we need coverage like this.If you care about equality in the atheism movement, go read Jen's whole post.
Then I actually read it.
To say it was disappointing is an understatement. It seems like this was the extent of the research the writer put into the article:
- Google "female atheists"
- Read titles on first page of results
- Play up posts that sound negative, downplay posts that are positive
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Female Atheists? Hell, yes!
Some twit at MS Magazine recently wrote a horrible piece bemoaning the sexism in the "New Atheist" movement. Jen McCreight ripped her a new one.