…stirred up a little bit o’controversy, that is. I started another Meetup group (yes, Jerry, this will be my last!).
My latest foray into the atheist activist’osphere is a group I call “Reasonable Women.” Here’s how the Meetup description reads:
After reading this BlagHag post about the troubles some women faced at a recent American Atheist conference, we got the idea of forming this group. Don’t get us wrong — the local atheist groups in Saskatoon are not sexist in their treatment of women members, but we thought it may be fun for the women of these groups to have a place of our own. And, maybe, having this kind of group available could encourage other female-minded folks to join the movement!
Are you anti-men? Why aren’t you allowing men to join this Meetup?
Well, this group’s purpose is meant to engage one particular subset of the larger atheist/freethinking movement: the women. We welcome the men to start their own “Reasonable Men” Meetup!
So much of the current “new atheist” movement is dominated by its male voices — this little group is meant to counteract some of that testosterone by inserting estrogen into the mix!
So far we have 9 members, and it’s only been a day! I’m quite excited about the potential of having such a group in Saskatoon — not only for what this kind of group can do for our immediate area, but what this type of group can do for empowering women in the larger atheist movement.
And yes, I knew when I started this group that there would be some people who wouldn’t be so keen on the idea of having a women-only group. So far there have been some interesting discussions back and forth on the pros and cons of a single-gender group — my commitment to the conversation is to not get too defensive when it comes to explaining why I support a women-only group. For one, I don’t think there’s reason for me to be defensive, and for two, it’s just not necessary at this point.
Anyway, stay tuned.