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May 19, 2013

Here Goes Nothing

Feminism and Atheism go hand in hand. Issues of women’s oppression, gender equality, and the gender binary are all heavily influenced by the sexism present in the majority of the world’s religions. Why then, is there still an attitude of sexism towards women in the secular movement? All instances of women being the weaker sex and not having the mind for science or math and other such prejudices come from the male-dominant culture set up and perpetrated by most religions. We atheists pride ourselves on free and critical thinking. We are smart, we are, as some put it, enlightened. There is no reason women cannot be as smart and as enlightened as men can.

I was inspired to begin this tumblr on feminism, atheism, and the intersection of the two, by the second annual Women in Secularism conference hosted by the Center for Inquiry. So many fantastic speakers reiterated the idea that feminism and atheism not only cross over in many aspects, but require each other in order to fully attain their goal. The feminist movement needs more secularism for it is many religions that enforce oppression of women. The atheist movement needs more feminism for it is woefully short on women both quiet and outspoken, and woefully high on men who think they know best for this movement and who terrorize their female compatriots on the internet.

You cannot truly call yourself atheist - without a god - unless you give up sexist attitudes towards women, which originate from religious texts such as the Judeo-Christian Bible.

"A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness.But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve.And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.
— 1 Timothy 2:11-15

Yeah thanks Tim, but I do what I want.