On a more cheerful note – following a pingback here yesterday led me to one venomous anti-me post which included a link to another venomous anti-me post which included a link to a post by someone with a different take. I will share some of it with you because it is pleasant and it is nice to have pleasant things in among all the venom. Also the author said it’s a message to some people and she wants to get it out there, so I’m helping her get it out there.
Somewhere along the line I found links to some blog posts about the Women in Secularism conference and reading them was just so inspiring. Since I realised/accepted/announced to myself that I was an atheist, I have had some interest in listening to/chatting to others who feel the same way. Hence the Atheist Experience. But the blogs from the WIS conference got me excited to get more involved in a way that nothing else had. I imagined what it might have been like to have been there. And after watching some of the talks on YouTube it was reinforced that it would have been a really inspiring environment to be at. The videos are inspiring enough and have me thinking about how best to make a difference from my little corner of the world.
See what I mean? That was very pleasant to read, after a week filled with shouting.
So of course I have become aware of this whole discussion on sexual harassment and policies at conferences, etc, etc. And the thing is, I have been really pleased and impressed at the way most of the people I have seen in the community have approached the issue. Women like Ophelia Benson, Rebecca Watson, Jen McCreight and Greta Christina as well as men like PZ Myers, Jason Thibeault and others, who, from what I can see have done nothing but be up front, thoughtful and honest and, most importantly in my opinion, refused to back away from dealing with the important issues even when others have made, or at least tried to make, things really difficult for them.
Anyway, what really triggered this post was that this was linked on my feed this morning and I guess I really just want all the people at FreeThought Blogs and Skepchick to know that there are people out there, and maybe a lot more than you know, that *do* appreciate you all continuing to push forward on these important issues and that some people, like myself, actually feel more inclined to want to try and attend one of these events some day, or at least begin to participate more in the online community, knowing that there are people out there working hard to make it safe to do so.
So yeah, mainly, thank you for doing what you do and keep doing it.
[waving vigorously] Thanks back, and will do, and welcome to the network.