Sometimes you’re doing a deep Google search on your own name and you discover new things about yourself — I discovered a Table of Contents that included me.
An article I wrote about feminism and atheism that was published in CrossCurrents last year was put into a women’s studies anthology textbook — apparently the #1 one on Amazon: Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings. So now there is a thing about atheism and women in the most recent edition of, according to Amazon, the #1 gender studies textbook. So hurray for atheism being included in discussions of gender in academia!
Of course, this inclusion happened last April and no one told me that it happened so…? I’m going to contact the editors of the book and talk to them to see if I can get some more information on what happened and see if I can get a copy for less than the $110 it’s going for. I’ve asked my local library to pick up a copy and it looks like the school library has one that you can’t check out because it is required reading in a class. I was contacted last year because my article was the required reading in that class, but I guess no one thought to mention that it was in a textbook rather than a journal. Internet searching also reveals to me that the article has been cited in at least four academic papers and assigned in at least three courses. That’s not bad for something that’s been published only 18 months.
Anyway, so Ashley F. Miller of FreethoughtBlogs is listed and included as the same kind of feminist expert must-read in a major text as Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Emily Dickinson, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, bell hooks, Virginia Woolf, Audre Lorde, Susan Douglas, Jessica Valenti, Barbara Ehrenreich. Also, you know, Natalie Merchant, so there’s that. And more.
Torn between being confused that no one told me it existed, to ecstatic that I am considered anywhere close to the same caliber as these other writers and thinkers, to fighting down imposter syndrome, to super stoked to include this on my resume. Gonna go die now. And not just from the mono. Will update if/when I find out more information or locate the Discussion Questions! Discussion Questions, people!