I’m not exactly an atheist, but I identify strongly with atheists. More so than with any other group proclaiming a theology. I’m also a feminist, as anyone who has been playing along at home should realize by now. I was really disturbed to read these today about the misogyny among atheist activists. The short of it: though feminist activists and atheist activists have common goals–e.g., that government stop making laws to promote one religion over the rest of us–atheists activists, much like mainstream politicians might treat abortion rights and similar as “women’s issues” and therefore not worthy of their attention, completely failing to appreciate that often the reason why some of these issues are still issues is because some politician is trying to promote a theological agenda in government. Let alone the completely dehumanizing and belittling attitude behind telling someone *pat pat* good little activist, but I’m sorry, that’s a girl thing.
Of course, atheists have nothing on theists of any stripe when it comes to misogyny. Feminists wouldn’t be fighting some of the battles we fight if theists would learn to keep their sky faeries off of real people’s bodies.