The following is a screencap of a Facebook conversation happening right now. It is a lesson in how not to be welcoming to women in the movement. And I would like to point out that the person who is recievng this abuse is a woman in a position of power. I cannot imagine what a girl who is not already a member of their group would think when looking at that. Hey, would you like to join our group, I promise to tell you if you’re hot or not.
Zack Fowler, ladies and gentlemen:
For those who cannot see images, the conversation goes as follows:
Kelley Freeman: Hi SSA at EKU! I’m Kelley and I’m the Volunteer Network Coordinator for SECAA (Southeastern Collegiate Atheist Alliance) and a leader of the SSA affiliate at USC (formerly Pastafarians, now SSAUSC). I’m sort of in charge of helping to facilitate networking between groups within the region and such. I also operate as something of a ‘second’ for Gordon Let me know if you have any questions. SSA at EKU leaders are more than welcome to add me especially.
Zack Fowler: 10/10 would bang.
Kelley Freeman: Cool story, bro.
Zack Fowler: Figured you would need a pretty blunt greeting. We’re rowdy and crude and hungry for babies. You’re welcome to stick around and get nasty.
Kelley Freeman: Good to see this group is so welcoming to women.
Katherine Leonard: We’ve had a few feminism discussions now and then :p *thwacks Zack upside the head*
Zack Fowler: What makes me not welcoming to women?
Kelley Freeman: Dunno. Generally when I’m introducing myself with some professionalism, I don’t expect people to comment on my gender or looks.
Kelley is the very awesome president of my university’s SSA affiliate and someone who spends an unbelievable amount of time and energy working for the secular movement. And this is the shit she takes from people who are on her side when she is trying to reach out to do her job… her job that she does as a volunteer.
This is what the problem looks like. Can we please all agree that there is a problem and that we should be fixing it?