Women and Atheism - uncomfortable yet?
I've just noticed this little sideline known as 'Elevatorgate'. Women in Atheism: What do they *really* talk about?
As a female I an not so much afraid to be nuked by feminine disapproval, so here it goes.
I actually think Richard Dawkins' comments didn't quite cross the line from pithy to obnoxious. And I think Rebecca's reaction was overblown. Do we really expect men to reverse millenia of evolutionary programming and pass up an opportunity to spend some time with an interesting and likely attractive woman (a deadly combination). During social events, social rules are different and propositions flow like wine. What needs to be maintained is respect. And I don't see the situation as inherently disrespectful. Feminist reactions like that are what make men like my husband completely freaked out about feminism. Until I tell him that I'm a feminist and feminists can still give BJ's .
The religious have somewhat clear 'rules' on interations between men and women. While I don't agree with them, perhaps it makes situations less confusing for folks. Atheism can expect to have its own growing pains when tyring to incorporate a more feminine element. And I think it's worthwhile to try to bring out the grrrly atheists.
"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right." Martin Luther King