I didn’t infiltrate fuck all.

A couple of days ago I drew your attention to a post by Natalie Reed. Today is a follow up to that post – Jen McCreight is sick of this shit.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that I agree with her. With bombshells like this being dropped like it was 1942 – Jen, Natalie, the unflinching shit chucked at Rebecca Watson and the endless shitstorms over what should be common sense – I’m just surprised all of this isn’t having more of an impact.

So yeah, read the article.

I’m gonna highlight one paragraph, though.

“Now it’s time for a third wave – a wave that isn’t just a bunch of “middle-class, white, cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied men” patting themselves on the back for debunking homeopathy for the 983258th time or thinking up yet another great zinger to use against Young Earth Creationists.

It’s time for a wave that cares about how religion affects everyone and that applies skepticism to everything, including social issues like sexism, racism, politics, poverty, and crime. We can criticize religion and irrational thinking just as unabashedly and just as publicly, but we need to stop exempting ourselves from that criticism.”

We need to do this. And though I don’t mean to be patrirachal, the best thing that we, the old guard of straight white cisgendered men can do is to think how we can play midwife to this sort of awakening.

Who knows? Maybe at some point this week, I might write an article detailing what (I think) the role of the ally such as myself is in this situation. Because seriously, this? That thing up there?

It has to happen.

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Oh look – Skepchick’s hard at work on this already, with a series of straight old white guys talking about why they’re allies, including:

It seems sexist that such allies even need to be found. Shows you how screwed up this is, huh?

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Posted on August 19, 2012, in Atheism & Skepticism, Feminism, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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