Where Are All The Female Atheists? Ctd

More readers share their thoughts on the recent thread: As a female atheist I agree with the reasons for our scarcity theorized by Susan Jacoby in the Humanist article you linked to previously. The source communities for atheism are male dominated, and politically conscious women are – in my experience with student activism at least … Continue reading Where Are All The Female Atheists? Ctd

Where Are All The Female Atheists? Ctd

Katie Engelhart wants the New Atheists to reach out more to women: Writers have suggested that the doggedness of New Atheism tends to turn off women—and that, for social reasons, women don’t muster the same militancy when defending their (non)beliefs. Others have looked to sexism within the Atheist community (read: Elevatorgate). A few have made unconvincing … Continue reading Where Are All The Female Atheists? Ctd

Where Are All The Female Atheists?

Susan Jacoby examines the gender imbalance among active non-believers. One reason for it:

The first and most obvious reason is that women, in the United States and every other country, are more religious and more devout in the practice of their religion than men. Public opinion polls show that this disparity affects every income, educational, and racial group—although it is much narrower among the highly educated than among the uneducated and the young than the old. African-American women, regardless of their level of education, are the most religious demographic in this country. This fact alone tells us that education is not the decisive factor, because although black women as a group are better educated than black men, black men are less religious. Space doesn’t permit a lengthy analysis of why women are more religious than men, so I’ll simply say that the greater religiosity of women means that both secular humanism and atheism are tougher sells to women.

She also ponders the historical causes:

Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything

[Updated with reader-submitted questions that you can vote on below] From her bio: Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, historian and commentator. She is the author of the bestseller Doubt: A History, a history of religious and philosophical doubt all over the world, throughout history. Her new book is Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies … Continue reading Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything

Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything

From her bio: Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, historian and commentator. She is the author of the bestseller Doubt: A History, a history of religious and philosophical doubt all over the world, throughout history. Her new book is Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, out from Yale University Press. Her The Happiness Myth brings a … Continue reading Ask Jennifer Michael Hecht Anything

The Offense Industry On The Offense

In a really terrific post during my vacation, Freddie DeBoer nailed something to the cross: It seems to me now that the public face of social liberalism has ceased to seem positive, joyful, human, and freeing. I now mostly associate that public face with danger, with an endless list of things that you can’t do … Continue reading The Offense Industry On The Offense

“If You Don’t Kill Yourself, You’re Saving Someone Else’s Life”

Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, describes the contagion effect that spreads to the family, friends, and even strangers of people who kill themselves, making it more likely that they’ll follow suit: From her bio: Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, philosopher, historian and commentator. She is the author of the bestseller Doubt: … Continue reading “If You Don’t Kill Yourself, You’re Saving Someone Else’s Life”

Suicide Leaves Behind Nothing

Jul 17, 2013 @ 8:57am “Suicide, seen as among the most selfish of acts, pushes a button in us that even murder doesn’t,” according to Clancy Martin: When I was in treatment for depression, I found that meeting and talking to other people about suicide was profoundly helpful; I saw what a loss it would have … Continue reading Suicide Leaves Behind Nothing