|"The witch no. 1" lithograph (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Unfortunately, some atheist women do indeed pay a price for their willingness to express themselves. You see, there are people right here in the secular community who feel so threatened by the willingness of some of these intelligent, assertive, and courageous women to speak their minds that they have developed special insults with which to target them. They call them gender traitors, sister punishers, and chill girls. Yes, they actually accuse some of these women of betraying their gender because they dare to hold different opinions!
The tactics used against these women vary, but they are aggressive in nature and can generally be grouped under the label of intimidation. Some have been subjected to relentless rage blogging; others have had their careers threatened. A few have had their identities publicly revealed, and more have had their reputations assailed online. Many have been placed on block lists and labeled "abusers" and "harassers" for the imagined sin of speaking their minds.
Worst of all, much of this behavior has been carried out by women (and men) who claim to be feminists and advocates of social justice. Their versions of feminism and social justice appear to involve sustained efforts to smear the reputations of women who are willing to express disagreement with them. Many secular leaders seem determined to ignore this behavior or appease those engaging in it. This position seems unsustainable to those of us who value the many contributions of these women and hope to hear more from them.
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