As you probably already heard elsewhere, Jen McCreight, the author of Blag Hag, will no longer be with us at Freethought Blogs after the end of this month.
Jen has been a great voice for the skeptic community for many years. You may know her from her excellent speeches such as the one she gave at Skepticon, or her spearheading of the satirical “Boobquake” event from 2010. Naturally I was extremely surprised by her announcement. As far as I could tell, she seemed to fit right into the culture here at FTB, and nobody was expecting her to walk out on us at this point.
Update 4/2: Yes, obviously this was an April Fool post. Aren’t you the clever one.
Jen was pretty curt when she announced her departure, so I messaged her on Facebook to see if I could get any more information. I was actually a bit shocked by her reply, but she told me it’s okay if I share it with you, so here is her message to me. I think it speaks for itself.
I’m sorry to tell you this, but I’m kind of sick of the ridiculous extremes to which the other Freethoughtblogs participants have taken feminism since I joined up. In fact, thanks to the ham-fisted handling of that whole “Amazing Atheist” incident, I’m seriously reconsidering the feminist label myself.
Do you guys even understand that women aren’t the only ones who are oppressed? There’s this whole movement that’s based on supporting Men’s Rights and I’m totally sympathetic to their concerns. Do you think it’s fair that women like me can’t be drafted for the military, but men can? Do you know how many innocent men are roped into paying child support for children they didn’t intend to have?
As an advocate of equality and fairness for everyone, I can no longer associate myself with a group of people who dismiss so many important issues like that. Even though I was initially critical of Penn Jillette’s friend Mallorie, now I completely get what she meant when she said, “By forgetting to see me as a woman, you have treated me as an equal, as a comrade, as a friend.”
That is something which is completely lacking at FTB. There’s too much focus on gender, too much deference given to Rebecca Watson of all people. Who cares if some guy talked to her in an elevator? All he wanted was some coffee anyway. I’d rather work with Men’s Rights groups to achieve a less uptight atheist movement.
Besides, everybody knows that women in Islamic countries have it much worse than we have it here. These are just first world problems that we’re talking about, they pale in comparison. Actually we should all just agree never to talk about women’s issues in the United States again until every other social problem we have is solved first.
Good luck with your little blogging network anyway. I’m joining the group at avoiceformen.com to show them my support. Hope I’ll see the rest of you there soon.
Also, they promised me a pony.
What else is there to say? I thought I knew Jen better than this, but I guess we have to respect her wishes. We’ll all miss her.
(To learn more about the FTB mass exodus of 2012, read this.)