I’m pretty quick to point out that terves very much share blame for the recent losses on women’s rights. Transphobia was one of the levers that helped buoy fascists and autocrats in elections across the globe recently. But this isn’t a terf blog network, it’s an atheist one. That’s our beat. So to that end, let me just reiterate this point I’ve made before.
Organized atheism should always have been a force for progressivism, against the barbarity of religious belief. But nope. The idea of listening to even the mildest of feminist critique caused all our talking heads to leap headlong into bed with fascists, to promote the movements that ultimately led to Trump’s election and the current slate in the supreme court. DickDawk can whine all he wants that he’s liberal, that we should believe that counts for fuckin’ anything, while he engages in piteous dickriding transphobia and platforms the hero of incel mass shooters everywhere.
There is a straight line from elevatorgate to gamergate to altright white supremacy to cheeto hitler to the end of Roe v Wade. Terfs did their part, but we were in the game of ruining civilization as we know it when those bitches were barely getting started. We had a lot of friends along the way in building this theocracy, but we should never lose sight of our part in subverting our own ostensible ends. Like terfs – they should never be allowed to forget they helped set feminism back eighty years, and we should never be allowed to forget we set atheism back as well.
My own part was small. I let a subtle brew of ableism and islamophobia drive me to participate in boosting new atheism, participating in the comments and the discourse, not doing enough to change the rotten core of the movement or start a better one. I’ll own that. I wonder if the narcissistic thunk leaders of our defunct movement will ever process the same, ever feel that as they fade from the earth. I doubt it.