April 22, 2007

Pharyngula on Lessons From the Women's Movement

PZ Myers over at Pharyngula has a great post on the subject of atheists being criticized for being too outspoken. His post explores some of the parallels between women's suffrage in the U.S. and the "new atheism." He makes a compelling case and includes many inspiring quotes from prominent feminist pioneers. PZ writes,
When I look at the history of feminism, I see a ferocity and a record of sacrifice that puts us tame godless people to shame. Maybe we need to get more outraged and outrageous. 
He's right. We can learn a great deal from these early feminists. They were accused of nearly everything that is currently being hurled at us, but they did not back down, did not water down their approach, and certainly offered no apologies. Their perseverance in the face of injustice remains a source of inspiration. Let it be a lesson to us now.

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