You Don’t Solve Sexism By Being Sexist

EqualityIt’s been a while since the ranting radical feminist lunatics at Atheism+ worked to take Justin Vacula down, a move which had him give up his position as co-director of the Secular Coalition of America’s Pennsylvania branch.  Since then, I’ve seen him make moves that could be interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself into the feminist movement, he’s talked at length about attending women-specific conferences, he’s tried to join feminist organizations with various degrees of success, he’s spoken positively about various women’s groups and he’s tried to distance himself from various men’s-rights groups and websites.

Frankly, I don’t see the point in doing any of that, the very fact that he has a penis is enough to discredit him in the eyes of a lot of radical feminist circles and since he hasn’t become an emasculated koolaid swilling feminist wannabe, the chances that he’ll ever be accepted as one of them are somewhere between, well… none and none.  Yet now I see him speaking out against a group that he says he initially supported called Secular Woman, whose goal is to “amplify the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious woman.”

Why would anyone want to do that?

See, I don’t support any of these groups.  I don’t support feminist groups, I likewise don’t support masculinist groups, like A Voice For Men.  I’m sure that at least some people involved have their hearts in the right place, but you cannot achieve a gender-neutral society if everyone is only fighting for one side.  These organizations are inherently sexist.  They promote discrimination based on gender.  They promote action based on what a person has between their legs.  They might think they have reason to promote one  gender over the other, that doesn’t change the facts.  They’re still sexist.  The same applies to organizations that promote one race over another, like the NAACP.  They’re just as racist as the KKK.  They might have relatively admirable goals, with association to their chosen racial group, but they’re still racist.

What’s worse, most of the people who espouse these viewpoints are utter hypocrites.  See, there’s this conference called Women in Skepticism.  It’s touted as addressing the role of women in the skeptical community.  Why is the role of women any magically different than the role of men?  If someone had a Men in Skepticism conference, these people would shit themselves.

You cannot fight injustice by being unjust.  You would think that people who had, at one time, been discriminated against based on their skin color or gender, would not just turn around and create organizations dedicated to doing just that against others, wouldn’t you?  But apparently, they didn’t get the message.

As far as I’m concerned, there should be no sexist conferences at all, not Women in Skepticism nor Men in Skepticism.  We should all just be skeptics.  There should be no “voices for men” or “voices for women”, just all of us raising our voices for people or all genders, all races, all sexual orientations, etc.

Because in the end, that’s what we all are:  people.

2 thoughts on “You Don’t Solve Sexism By Being Sexist

  1. Just to address some items in the first paragraph:

    I'm confused. I'm not speaking up in support of feminist groups, trying to join feminist groups, or trying to integrate myself into the feminist movement. I'm attending WIS to provide critical commentary and interview attendees/speakers (and not all of the speakers there, by the way, will be saying objectionable things).

    I initially supported Secular Woman, mainly because Bridget Gaudette was a founder, because I thought it would have been a fresh breath of air to the discussion. I withdrew support in October of 2012 following their hit piece (supporting my SCA resignation) on me and after Gaudette had resigned from the group.

    1. There's nothing wrong with anything that you've done, but to anyone on the outside, that's certainly how it's looked. After you resigned your position with SCA, amid on accusations that you were consorting with A Voice For Men (whether or not that was true is irrelevant), it seems to me that you tried to join a feminist group who ultimately rejected your membership request, you've tried to raise money to attend the Women in Skepticism conference, etc. None of these things are, in and of themselves, bad and I commend your efforts. It certainly looks like you've done your bit to ingratiate yourself into the graces, good or otherwise, of some in the feminist movement.

      But hey, what do I know, your post was just a starting point for the rest of what I had to say, I wasn't being critical of you, I was using you as a springboard. I actually do support you most of the time. Keep up the good work.

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