Naturally when speaking of atheism, one must invariably address the innate sexism which plagues and indeed may be the downfall of the bubblegum atheism movement. As I’ve researched for this post, reading through many accounts of misogyny conducted by atheists and their elites, I found plenty of evidence supporting the sexist tendencies of atheists but never a reason as to why. What is it about atheism, apart from the obvious lack of morals, causing sexism within their movement? Then I had my ah-ha moment—science is sexist.
The most cited case of atheist sexists is Sam Harris, who said in an interview that atheism is “intrinsically male” because it lacks an “estrogen vibe”. Then in his blog post I’m Not the Sexist Pig You’re Looking For, Harris made a hyper-sensitive response to the backlash he received for his comments and called women humorless and essentially said “it’s not misogyny if it’s true.” Sadly, this isn’t the only example of how sexist atheists are. Penn Jillette, Christopher Hitchens, and rapist Michael Shermer, to name a few.
It seems one of the only few prominent male atheists who isn’t in denial over the misogyny is PZ Meyers. Although, there are many female atheist voices, including Greta Christina.
“I can’t tell you how many women, people of color, other marginalized people I’ve talked with who’ve told me, ‘I’m an atheist, but I don’t want anything to do with organized atheism if these guys are the leaders.’” Greta Christina
The one person surely capable of shining a light on the oppression atheist women face is the leader of the rational free thinkers himself, Richard Dawkins. Instead, Dawkins chose to call feminism “fake outrage”. Not surprising, given his past comments chastising Rebecca Watson for speaking out against an atheist that propositioned her in an elevator at the CFI’s Student Leadership Conference in Dublin.
“Rebecca’s feeling that the man’s proposition was ‘creepy’ was her own interpretation of his behavior, presumably not his. She was probably offended to about the same extent as I am offended if a man gets into an elevator with me chewing gum. But he does me no physical damage and I simply grin and bear it until either I or he gets out of the elevator.” Richard Dawkins
The question remains why are male atheists sexist pigs? For an answer, I turned to interviewing atheists online about their thoughts. The responses I received: denial, denial, denial. Perhaps the issue is worse than I thought, for not only male atheists denied the sexism of their movement, but women too defended the likes of Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins. Not unlike Islamic women who claim to enjoy wearing an hijab, atheist women have become complacent in their chauvinistic ideology.
One reoccurring theme stuck out. Most of the atheists I spoke to seemed to believe that atheism is free from sexist accusations because it simply denotes a “lack of belief in God or gods”. A fittingly ignorant comment coming from an ignorant group of sexists. These atheists believe their passion for misguided science will save them from having to answer to their misogynist ways. But wait! What if science is the reason they’re sexist!
Historically, the scientific community has had the same predilection towards men that we find within atheism. Atheists believe that science is the only means of confirming knowledge, and therefore they reject the rights of women which are supported by social sciences rather than their flavor of empirical science. They see their instincts to rape women as necessary to the survival of the human race rather than a morally repugnant, sinful temptation. Essentially, atheists are able to treat women however they choose because in their view men evolved their strength over women for precisely that purpose.
Atheists, I ask you, is allowing and participating in this disgusting behavior virtuous?