Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Rationalist Subcultures & Intra-Feminist Net-Debates

Rationalist Subcultures & Intra-Feminist Net-Debates


I have recently been following a story that has broken across several of the blogs over at the Science Blogs weblog aggregate.

I should note before proceeding any further that the story and the discussion is largely a debate about the roles of feminism, misogyny, and male privilege within the skeptic & atheist movements (insofar as these two intersect). I myself am neither an atheist nor a skeptic, though I am very sympathetic to the latter group's aims vis-à-vis spreading scientific literacy, science advocacy, and counteracting harmful social and political movements - such as anti-vaccine activism - based on false conclusions or outright crankery). I find the story worth sharing & commenting on because of its universal applicability.

I had originally planned on taking a larger look at rape, sexual assault, and misogyny in Canada and the US in this post, but have since decided to keep it short and simple.