I have been told that the divisions over sexism racking the atheist movement are a purely American problem — this simply isn’t an issue in Europe. There’s also the implication that it’s a phony concern, ginned up by bloggin’ malcontents.
So I guess the University of Nottingham is located somewhere in Iowa, then?
“Role models” for one of the campus houses led new students in a song, chanting this charming little ditty:
I wanna be a Cavendish ranger, living a life of sex and danger.
High flying, 69-ing.
These are the girls that I love best, many times I’ve sucked their breasts.
Fuck her standing, fuck her lying,
If she had wings I’d fuck her flying.
Now she’s dead, but not forgotten, dig her up and fuck her rotten.
You wish, you wish, you wish you were in Cavendish…
We need to recognize that this kind of thing isn’t simply a local phenomenon, another curiosity of weird American culture, but is world-wide: we’ve got FGM in parts of Africa and Asia, the devaluing of daughters in parts of Asia, and piggish bro culture in the West. What’s also pernicious is the idea that if we ignore it and don’t talk about it, the problem goes away.
And that actually works! If you’re a man and you stick your head up your ass, you won’t see discrimination and prejudice anymore. And then the real problem becomes all those people trying to pry your head out and make you look around, and those people need to be stomped into silence.