Male-Dominated Atheism

Jan 20, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Salt Lake City Weekly

I was excited to read " Losing Faith: Finding a New Path Without God " [Jan. 12, City Weekly ], but disappointed to learn that not a single female voice was represented in the article.

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#21
Jan 27, 2012
 
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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How about asking a non-racist question?
Mr KKKristian.
What's racist about asking if you're a male feminist?
Or if blacks should be paid reparations?

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Jan 28, 2012
 
leon_the_14 wrote:
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What's racist about asking if you're a male feminist?
Or if blacks should be paid reparations?
If you must ask? You are probably a racist KKKristian.
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Jan 31, 2012
 
What struck me about Amy Bjorg's comment (apart from two factually incorrect statements) was that she apparently felt the author of the article was at fault for not including more women.(Possibly she felt 'men were to blame' a bit too?)

However, on examining my local atheist, skeptic and humanist groups, I find that they seem to be mostly men.

Amy said, "I would like to think that our experiences and insights are every bit as valuable as a man’s. I’d be interested in hearing about the experiences of other atheist women, particularly mothers who are working to raise strong, confident, compassionate children free of religion." Me too Amy, but women can indeed be relatively hard to find.

This may be a similar problem across the world: atheist, skeptic, Bright and humanist organisations tend to be mostly men?

If women don't want atheist, skeptic and humanist organisations to be male dominated, they need to get out of their kitchens and join them. Get active.

Church congregations in Glasgow were described to me by one woman as "predominately women". So a male dominated atheist meeting and a female dominated Church congregation seem to be fairly common. It's no use blaming men where that is the case. What can men do about it?

I found that it is possible to be a Quaker and an atheist. Quakers are considered a religion, but are actually a 'society of friends'.

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Jan 31, 2012
 
"The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation." ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Religion does three things quite effectively - Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.”~ Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney

“We live in a world where religious governments execute adulterers and homosexuals, deny women and minority groups basic freedoms, circulate fraudulent claims about contraception and scientific research and create laws that protect them from criticism.”~ Chloë Clifford-Frith, AHS spokesperson

“I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.”~ Edith Sitwell

"It is the inevitable effect of religion on public policy that makes it a matter of public concern. Advocates of religiosity extol the virtues or moral habits that religion is supposed to instill in us. But we should be equally concerned with the intellectual habits it discourages." ~ Wendy Kaminer

“In the beginning there was nothing. God said,‘Let there be light!’ And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.”~ Ellen DeGeneres

“Praying is like a rocking chair-- it'll give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.”~ Gypsy Rose Lee

I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows.-- Susan B. Anthony

God tells Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If this was the only way they could understand the difference between good and evil, how could they have known that it was wrong to disobey God and eat the fruit?~Laurie Lynn

A converted cannibal is one who, on Friday, eats only fishermen.~Emily Lotney

“The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love heterosexuals. It’s just that they need more supervision.”~ Lynn Lavner

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Jan 31, 2012
 
EdSed wrote:
What struck me about Amy Bjorg's comment (apart from two factually incorrect statements) was that she apparently felt the author of the article was at fault for not including more women.(Possibly she felt 'men were to blame' a bit too?)
However, on examining my local atheist, skeptic and humanist groups, I find that they seem to be mostly men.
Amy said, "I would like to think that our experiences and insights are every bit as valuable as a man’s. I’d be interested in hearing about the experiences of other atheist women, particularly mothers who are working to raise strong, confident, compassionate children free of religion." Me too Amy, but women can indeed be relatively hard to find.
This may be a similar problem across the world: atheist, skeptic, Bright and humanist organisations tend to be mostly men?
If women don't want atheist, skeptic and humanist organisations to be male dominated, they need to get out of their kitchens and join them. Get active.
Church congregations in Glasgow were described to me by one woman as "predominately women". So a male dominated atheist meeting and a female dominated Church congregation seem to be fairly common. It's no use blaming men where that is the case. What can men do about it?
I found that it is possible to be a Quaker and an atheist. Quakers are considered a religion, but are actually a 'society of friends'.
Thanks, EdSed. That's some good things to consider.

And I agree-- what can a male atheist do, to make atheist groups more welcoming/inclusive to women?

I agree with you about the Quakers-- the first time I ran into a Quaker (years and years ago) she claimed to be agnostic, spiritual, gay and did not believe in Book Gods. She was at that weekend retreat to be the lead speaker, and was quite fascinating to listen to.

Your comment on Quakers reminded me of her, and I wonder if her lectures wasn't one of the first hints to myself, that I was losing my faith in god. Without a time machine, I cannot say for sure.

Thanks, for the comments though.

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Jan 31, 2012
 
Hedonist wrote:
"The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation." ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Religion does three things quite effectively - Divides people, Controls people, Deludes people.”~ Carlespie Mary Alice McKinney
“We live in a world where religious governments execute adulterers and homosexuals, deny women and minority groups basic freedoms, circulate fraudulent claims about contraception and scientific research and create laws that protect them from criticism.”~ Chloë Clifford-Frith, AHS spokesperson
“I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.”~ Edith Sitwell
"It is the inevitable effect of religion on public policy that makes it a matter of public concern. Advocates of religiosity extol the virtues or moral habits that religion is supposed to instill in us. But we should be equally concerned with the intellectual habits it discourages." ~ Wendy Kaminer
“In the beginning there was nothing. God said,‘Let there be light!’ And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.”~ Ellen DeGeneres
“Praying is like a rocking chair-- it'll give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere.”~ Gypsy Rose Lee
I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows.-- Susan B. Anthony
God tells Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If this was the only way they could understand the difference between good and evil, how could they have known that it was wrong to disobey God and eat the fruit?~Laurie Lynn
A converted cannibal is one who, on Friday, eats only fishermen.~Emily Lotney
“The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love heterosexuals. It’s just that they need more supervision.”~ Lynn Lavner
Brilliant!
EdSed

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Jan 31, 2012
 
Bob of Quantum-Faith wrote:
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...I agree with you about the Quakers-- the first time I ran into a Quaker (years and years ago) she claimed to be agnostic, spiritual, gay and did not believe in Book Gods.....
All Off-Topic...
I've only met British Quakers. It is interesting that they appear to show a similarly tolerant philosophy in the US. I thought they might be more religious over there.
http://www.quaker.org/friends.html
"Since the Society is non-creedal, the spectrum of belief held by Friends has widened and different opinions may be held in different places or cultures."

Some of it sounds good and many of the publications I have read have been non-religious. It seems to depend on whether the Quaker who wrote them was religous or not.

On the other hand, the Quakers tend to come out with statements like this...
"The Religious Society of Friends is an Alternative Christianity which emphasizes the personal experience of God in one's life."

So that puts off agnostics and atheists. Still, their tolerance is commendable and (unlike most of Christianity) their influence has tended to be almost universally good.

They've indulged in comparatively little dogma but seem behind the times.
http://www.quaker.org/friends.html

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