I have a theory as to why atheism and skeptcisim tend to be old-white-guy activities (even when they are not) which might explain this picture:


But I’ll tell you this theory only if certain conditions pertain: 1) You are someone I trust and 2) I’m slightly drunk.

In the meantime, I just want to bring to your attention some blogging coming out of the American Atheist Rapture RAM which was some sort of meeting at which atheists were NOT raptured, for some reason. So, in the form of a simple carnival, I suggest you begin with Greta Christina, who is a very thoughtful and intelligent person with an admirable sense of perspective and some serious wit, the sort of person who makes the rest of atheists and skeptics look good:

Atheism, Sexism, and Pretty Blonde Videobloggers: or, What Jen Said

… Specifically, David Eller’s talk on Sunday at the conference, about how atheists needs to work more on creating an appealing culture/ community that’s an alternative to religion. At which he … [g]ave, as examples of how we’re offering an attractive atheist alternative to religious culture, popular videobloggers Laci Green and Cristina Rad (ZOMGitsCriss), with photos of them on his PowerPoint screen — and made a point of saying how great it was that these videobloggers were so pretty, and how it was helpful to have a pretty blonde Romanian videoblogging to make atheism more appealing. Without any mention of any other qualities these women had that made them popular and appealing, other than their prettiness and blondeness. (And, I guess, their Romanian-ness.)

I want to quickly add that David Eller somewhere along the line seems to have realized that he was speaking thoughtlessly from his position of gawking male privilege that even anthro-demics can easily forget is often their most comfortable pulpit, and got with the program. Greta covers this in her blog post. Just go read it.

Then, Blag Hag, who with her edgy prose and daring proposals has brought what I consider mostly positive attention to skepti-atheism, for which I am grateful, has these two items:

We’re not here for eye candy

I’m sitting in the Oakland airport, about to head home from the American Atheist Rapture RAM. Overall, I had a great time. I really enjoyed the talks by Rebecca Watson, Greta Christina, and Matt Dillahunty – who I finally got to meet in person, and who was promptly added to my List of Awesome People. And like always, I enjoyed meeting a bunch of the attendees and some of my blog readers. Kudos to the organizers for a great conference.

But …

Yeah, go read it. And …

Eller offers an apology

Dr. Eller has offered an apology in the comments, so I wanted to share it:

Yeah, go read it too.

You may remember Eller as a guest on Atheist Talk. Stephanie writes that up here.

UPDATE: See also this: The Secular Movement’s Position on Women’s Rights by Rebecca Watson.

Thanks to Gwenn Smith Olson for filing me in on this. Now, can we please work on having a slightly more diverse set of faces on the next poster for a major skeptics/atheist conference? I mean, I get that those four guys are total hunk-dudes and utterly hot and all, thus attracting myriad chicks to the movement, which of course we need especially on “ladies free night” but really ….


  1. #1 Crystal D.
    May 23, 2011

    It probably wouldn’t look so horribly white if there weren’t so much white hair as well… šŸ˜‰

    Very interesting conversations on Greta’s FB thread of the article, too.

  2. #2 gwen
    May 23, 2011

    YAY!! Great post Greg!! I do hope Eller (and others) learned something from this unfortunate episode. Larry Hicok and Donna Warnock did a fantastic job putting this RAM together on such short notice!!

  3. #3 Mike Haubrich
    May 23, 2011

    I think that Ellers seems to have, and handled his apology with class. Now as to all the guys who used “Boobquake” as yet another reason to comment on Jen’s appearance, GROW THE FUCK UP.

  4. #4 gwen
    May 23, 2011

    @Mike….*and the crowd roars* (approval!!)

  5. #6 sidhe3141
    May 25, 2011

    There’s a Bachmann ad on the sidebar again. I’m hoping that it’s just a keyword thing and not that the Google ad server has attained sentience and is making snide remarks about our inclusiveness.