I’m on holiday with my boy at the moment and having an excellent time. We’re getting time together that just isn’t possible in the reality of day to day obligations.
I have, however been keeping up with the goings on at CFI’s Women in Secularism conference via twitter. It was this conference last year and some of the fantastic talks that were posted afterward that got me thinking that the atheist/skeptic community really might have something to offer. I’d love to one day be in a position where I could afford to fly over to the US and be at one of these conferences in person. Hear all the talks in the flesh and meet some of the awesome people I have met and/or followed online.
I really hope all of this year’s talks will also be available somewhere as from all accounts it sounds like there were many excellent ones. The only down side it seems, was the opening address by the CEO of CFI, Ron Lindsay. When I first read the tweets I was hoping it was a misunderstanding. But once I read his talk and his follow up posts online it became clear that wasn’t the case. As somebody watching this unfold from the other side of the world I have to say that when the second post was directed solely at Rebecca Watson, despite exactly the same thing being said by countless others at the same time, it became clear. Ron, for whatever reason is more intent on placating the harassers and the sexists in the movement than helping things moving in any direction of equality and allowing minorities to have a voice.
Secular Woman, an organisation of which I am proud to be a member, published a response that was of the high standard I have come to expect in the short time they have been in existence. Read it here. I’m not sure I could say anything any better than that, so I’ll leave it there and get back to hanging with my boy.