Wendell Henry contacted me over the weekend to let me know about conversations he’d been having with the crew of The Ardent Atheist about anti-harassment policies, etc. Emery from Ardent Atheist wanted to take these conversations public, and Wendell felt a woman should be holding up the feminist side. It was another one of those discussions that didn’t promise to be exactly friendly, but I agreed in principle.
Circumstances conspired to make it such that Wendell went to bat for anti-harassment policies on his own. I haven’t caught up on sleep since Women in Secularism (May 18-20). This was supposed to be my weekend for that, but then this happened. I left Wendell hanging as I ran out of time and energy. And he took care of it.
This is the result. [ETA: If you're not sure whether you're up for more nastiness on this, read the comments before deciding whether/how much to watch.]
It’s not short. Honestly, I don’t have the heart to watch it all right now. I would, however, like it made more accessible for people who don’t have an hour an a half to spare. To that end, I’d like to bribe someone to create a transcript. If you have the time and talents for that, leave a comment here. First come, first serve, but please make sure you can commit.
When the transcript is done, run over to Ologies store and pick out some cool atheist art. You can have one stretched canvas or two anything elses. We can sort that out by email if you leave a functioning email address when you volunteer. Not only will you provide a helpful transcript, but the proceeds from the art will benefit the Secular Student Alliance. Wins all around. [ETA: The bribe has been claimed, but you can still support the SSA through the widget on the sidebar. They do great work for students, who frequently have their rights challenged by administrations. This is a very good thing. Hint. Hint.]
The transcript is now available, starting here.
Also, a huge thank you to Wendell. I can’t tell you how much other people standing up and working on this means, particularly as I come under fire from people who are uncomfortable (and/or unfamiliar) with what’s happening. It makes it possible to keep moving forward with any kind of grace. Thank you.