2012-09-09

Wtf is atheism+?

Is it like a little god? A little extra smugness? My atheism is totally more logical than yours?

Edit: Sunday September 9, 2012:

Ok, so, because I already am getting google hits on this: atheism+ was apparently coined by Jen McCreight, on on in relation to her blog Blag Hag. Atheism+ has got it's own website now.

It defines itself as:
Atheism Plus is a term used to designate spaces, persons, and groups dedicated to promoting social justice and countering misogyny, racism, homo/bi/transphobia, ableism and other such bigotry inside and outside of the atheist community. The idea for the name came from a comment on a blog entry by Jen McCreight wherein she discussed the need for a new wave of atheism. Jen introduced a number of logos for the project shortly thereafter. Although it was only recently given a name, Atheism Plus has been percolating for a while.
There you go, it's a movement.

My derision was borne simply out of the stupidity of coining a new phrase for a concept that already had a perfectly good phrase, a single pithy word, in fact. But it seems that atheism+ has been met with derision for other reasons (feminism). I found my way to Jen McCreight through one of those well meaning male bloggers who feel the need to, you know, in all fairness, question whether sexism exists and if it does, is it really as bad as all that.

Jen McCreight herself has decided to stop blogging, possibly indefinitely, because she is being harassed online. By those people who may be sexist, but you know, they're trolls, it's all in a good days fun. Grow some thicker skin. Or whatevs.

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