There are rumblings. There is hand-wringing. There is lamenting and gnashing of teeth, and skeptics who proudly wear the badges of Can’t Herd This Cat and Rugged Individualist and Keep Your Politics out of My Skepticism and Not a Member of a Monolith and Groupthink Not Welcome Here are doing a lot of active worrying about the impending disaster of skeptical women finding new ways to practice their craft. And new places. And eschewing the old ones.
The gist of the complaints that occur whenever a woman says that she’ll be sitting out something skeptical (event, product, forum, et cetera) to make a point (which, by the way, is perfectly rational) include:
- She is being divisive! (She, by the way, is not.) If we don’t stand together, we’ll all fall apart!
- She’s just looking for something to complain about.
- She should expect these things to happen.
- Assume she’s lying unless she provides proof.
- I’m getting awfully tired of always hearing about women’s perspectives all the time.
- Feminism is unscientific and out of place in skepticism.
- She should focus on things that really matter.
- And she’s being so divisive!
Well, color me cognitively dissonant!