Yesterday, I mentioned that Ms. Magazine posted a poorly-researched article by Monica Shores that essentially stated there are no female leaders in the atheist movement.
Jen McCreight‘s rebuttal is now posted on the magazine’s website:
And don’t assume that women are relegated to working behind the scenes, or only come in the form of the “gentle storyteller.” Dozens and dozens of women authors, journalists, bloggers, podcasters and comedians are producing amazing work, some of them gnashing their teeth even louder than Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. (Check out the list at the end of this piece).
Then why, you may ask, are so few as well known as the male firebrands? Is it because, as Shores suggests, that “there’s little indication that atheists are receptive to the suggestion that they might benefit from diversifying in color or gender”?
If you’ll momentarily excuse me for lapsing into religious language: Hell no.
Note to Jen: Take a hiatus from your PhD program and go write a book about feminism and religion. There have been other books written on the subject before, but I get the feeling yours would have far more popular appeal…