I am so pissed off. I didnt get out of the lab until quarter till 6 tonight, so there was no friggen way I could get down to OU to see Barker (feed/potty Arnie, feed/potty me, 15 mph on I-35… I would have gotten there by the time his presentation was over. Why the hell is it that on Friday nights I have loose, whatever plans, I can sneak out early at 4, but the Friday I want to leave early, I end up being wrapped up in BL-3 till 5 fourty-fucking-five???? RAAAAAGE!!!)
So I was all hyped up for some quality atheist entertainment, and Im at home instead.
So Im going to bitch about w00mynz in atheism.
PZ is awesome.
He gave me (and other female atheists) plugs on Pharyngula, and irl/online interviews when we were nobodies (I HAS BLAG I R FAMOOSE NAU!!!), and he hasnt even been properly certified by SciBlogs REAL Feminists(TM)*!
My first link from PZ was on my debate with Lenny Horowitz.
Please note he made no mention of ‘Guys shes a girl we need to support her!!’
He didnt say anything about my gender.
Just my arguments and a general ‘Hurrah!’ for support.
While later he and I a conversation on bloggingheads– We both threw back lots of ideas for things to talk about, and PZ was very adamant about giving me an opportunity to talk about being a woman in science.
Well, the thing is, I probably have a very different view of that than most people (not just women), so I didnt really want to, but PZ kicks ass and wanted to give me the opportunity.
I would be crushed if I found out PZ didnt really like (or even listen to) my debate, but felt the need to link to more female bloggers, and I was good enough.
I would be crushed if I found out PZ didnt really want to talk to me on blogging heads cause we could clear the air on epigenetics, or he wanted to lol about our antics with Creationists, but just scanned his blog-roll for some female, cause he felt ‘man guilt’.
So when atheist/skeptical groups are looking for speakers, I want them to say ‘Oh Ive heard Abbie gives really good presentations on Creationism… maybe she will give a speech about being a scientist in a Red State!’ or ‘Weve never had anyone talk about HIV Denial, Abbie would be informative and funny!’
I would even be happy if they said ‘Abbie is hot! Lets get her to perform a Rock Band concert for scholarships to AAI!’
*wince* I would rather be run over by a bus than be picked randomly off a list of ‘FEMALE ATHEISTS’ to fill a guilty diversity quota. “Um… I guess Abbie can talk about Creationism… we have 900 other people talking on it… whove been doing it longer… and were at Dover… but… um… shes got a vagina… soooo….”
I dont think this is what PZ means in his post at all, but I think it could be an easy knee-jerk reaction for organizers of these events– “AAAH! We need more women!! Name more women!! Who? Ill Google her! Good enough– whats another one???”, so Im saying it straight up:
You want me for my expertise/perspective/body, fine.
Dont ask me just because Im female.
That would make me feel stupid, useless, and used.
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* WHITE D00D!!! WHIIIIITE D0000000DE!!! D0000000000000DE!! *collapses in a pile of shoes, puke, and delusions*