A thread to discuss how your atheism and feminism interact. What's it like being a feminist atheist? What does each title mean to you? What, if anything, were the "click moments" that inspired you?
I'll start. I think that, for me, feminism and atheism go hand in hand. Both words are frequently stigmatized, misunderstood, and sometimes just plain feared. Both concepts are about freedom, and being yourself.
I think that the link between the two is strengthened when you look at all the misogyny carried out in the name of religion. It is, after all, the Religious Right that so strongly opposes women's reproductive rights here in the United States. It's the extreme religious fanatics who are the ones pushing a return to traditional gender roles, patriarchy, and keeping women's voices quiet. I think that religion is the number one excuse people use for for promoting heinous human rights violations, discrimination and subjugation of women worldwide. I also think that this misogyny comes not just from a few lunatics twisting religion to use for this end, but from the very roots of most mainstream religions.