As an experiment, I tried arguing in a few different online atheist forums, and I used two different versions of my name: a definitely female one, and a gender-neutral nickname derived from it.
With the female name, I received a number of condescending, patronising, and sexist remarks, and quite a few highly inappropriate and sexually-explicit/violent personal messages.
When using the gender-neutral nickname, I didn’t get condescending or patronising comments… and I didn’t get sexist “go make me a sammich” or “boob pics or STFU” crap either. I also didn’t receive any personal messages. They either openly discussed issues with me or I got soundly bashed based on the actual content of my posts, and that was that.
I want to receive the latter treatment regardless of whether people think/know I’m a woman. I don’t understand why certain people think I’m asking for special treatment by saying so as this appears to be how a number of atheists treat each other.
I’m amused the ACLU lawyer doesn’t think that qualifies as hate speech.
The only person I ever unfollowed on Twitter for content reasons, posting that verse as a “prayer” for President Obama was the impetus for my unfollow.
This sentiment is not an unusual part of Evangelical Christianity. This hatred is mainstream and—in my mind—it is tied strongly to the Tea Partiers’ constant cries of “second amendment remedies” prior to the assassination attempt on Rep. Giffords.
While I’m off on a tangent already, I’ll use the moment to mention the Right’s intentional misunderstanding of what violent rhetoric meant.
It doesn’t mean being nasty to your opponents, you assholes. It means violent rhetoric, you nickelbacks. Included: insinuating guns are the solution to politicians you don’t like. Not included: insults, disagreeing with you in angry voices, holding your pundits responsible for incitement when and where necesary, etc.
Do not fuck with me. This basement is where I take people who try to tell me about Pascal’s Wager.
QualiaSoup is awesome. He addresses “irreducible complexity” in his latest video.
It’s been around for awhile, but it’s way too cool for me to refrain from posting.
- Some Dude: ATHEISTS - what are you going to do when you find out that God exists?
- Other Dude: I'd probably forgive Him. I'm pretty easy going.
Well I don’t need your eternity
Or your meaning to feel free
I just live because I love to
And that’s enough you see
New favorite song.