Rationalist is good.Lately, I've been leaning more toward the label "rationalist," instead of "atheist."
First, "atheist" is defining ourselves by what we're not (believers in a supernatural being who created the universe). There are a lot of things I'm *not,* but I don't base my identity, or sense of self, on those things.
Second, the religious majority that we find ourselves living among have made a simple, descriptive term, into an insult (in their own minds).
Third, I think a positive term (describing what one *is* rather than what they're *not*) makes a discussion less confrontational, and gives the discussion direction.
What is your preferred label, and why?
I also like realist.
A funny but accurate one could be truthest (or truthist), but the religious liars-by-habit wouldn't get or understand that one. They are so conditioned by the constant repetition of their beloved lies, that they can no longer differentiate between reality and bullshyt.
Unbeliever is a good descriptive term, if someone asks you what you mean by rationalist, but it's back to what you are not, instead of what you are.
Still, unbeliever has less baggage than atheist does.