Women are God-fearing and don’t challenge institutions. Men, on the other hand, are skeptical and rational, and go out of their way to publicly call bullshit on faith and religion — which is why today’s well-known secular thinkers, especially in the ranks of the New Atheism movement, are all male.
These statements should sound ridiculous because, of course, they are.
So, is new-style atheism the sausage party that media coverage would suggest? Without getting into an impossible intellectual debate — the kind dealing with pinpointing exactly who was the first to come up with or popularise a particular idea — suffice it to say no, not hardly.
No woman is invoked in the mainstream media’s anointing of atheist thought leaders. Is it that rationality — the bedrock of New Atheist doctrine — is historically gendered male, while women are considered more emotional? more…
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