The whole feminist side of atheism keeps getting stupider and stupider. After the debacle at the Women in Skepticism 2 conference, where Ron Lindsay, president and CEO of CFI, the guy who was putting on the conference, got up and said a couple of things at the conference that his group was paying for, that female attendees did not like, mostly because he was in possession of a penis, they came out and started demanding Lindsay be ousted from his position with the CFI. Well, the CFI took that under advisement and came to the only rational conclusion, they said “fuck you”.
Good for you, CFI!
But that doesn’t stop Rebecca Watson and her ilk, now she’s walking away from the CFI and encouraging other feminists to do the same. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, bitch. In fact, why don’t you just keep on walking right out of the atheist “community” too and take your radical feminist companions with you. You have done nothing positive for the atheist “movement” whatsoever, in fact, you’ve done nothing but harm it. For lots of people who might have initially been sympathetic toward feminist goals, you’ve turned a huge percentage of people off. Whereas I might have been supportive of some of the goals of feminists (not radical feminists) a year or two ago, today I’m a staunch anti-feminist. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still support equality for all across the board, I just don’t respect anyone who uses the term “feminist” anymore. If you call yourself a feminist, you’ve immediately diminished yourself in my eyes. “Feminist” has become a dirty word.
What’s worse, I was talking to my wife over the weekend after the CFI news broke and she agreed wholeheartedly. She’s never identified herself as a feminist and now, she has the same distaste for the term as I do and she doesn’t even care about atheism as a group. It was then that I said that radical feminists, especially the ones in atheism, are like locusts. They identify a food source, they swarm and consume every useful bit of food, and then move on. That’s essentially what’s happened in the atheist “community”, but similar things, as I’ve pointed out before, have happened in other communities and it has utterly destroyed them. Once you start allowing radical elements from outside to invade your home and impose their radical ideas, it’s the beginning of the end. Instead of having atheists, who just so happen to be feminists, we have feminists, who just so happen to be atheists. These are not rational and intellectual women who are applying those standards to equality, these are women, by and large, who are ranting and raving, subsumed completely under emotional rhetoric and the moment that anyone says “hey, you ought to stop and think about what it is that you believe…”, they start screaming “misogyny!” Who else do we know that does exactly that, with different terms? Oh yeah… THEISTS!
It’s ironic that this whole fiasco happened at a conference called “Women in Skepticism” and it turned into a shit-storm of unskeptical women. That should be a clear sign to everyone in the skeptical community that it’s time to send these locusts flying on to their next target. These are not people who ought to be acceptable within a group of self-defined skeptics, rationalists and critical thinkers because they do not fit into any of those categories, at least with regard to their feminism and other social beliefs. Yes, I know we want to grow and increase our numbers, but should we do that at the cost of our core values and identity? I don’t think so. In fact, we might even attract the right kinds of people, the ones who are rational and skeptical and critical of all claims, if we didn’t embrace the radical crazies.
Otherwise, we’re on a collision course with disaster and failure, where the atheist “movement” really has no value, it’s just a laughing stock for people who can see the hypocrisy in the movement, that we say we’re rational with regards to religion but we prove we’re anything but with regard to everything else.
That’s not a movement I want anything to do with and I know I’m not alone.