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Cafe Inquiry

Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together to meet people and discuss topics of science and humanism.


This month's discussion topic: Misogyny

When Elliot Rodger went on a shooting rampage last month, he left behind a video that blamed the “cruelness of women” as the catalyst for his “day of retribution” in which he would “destroy everything I cannot have.” As women pointed out, the role of misogyny in Rodger’s (and other previous) attacks on women, many men replied by tweeting #NotAllMen.  In response, #YesAllWomen trended on Twitter, in which women pointed out that, although not all men commit violence against women, “yes, all women” experience threatening sexual and gender-based behavior from men.  The #YesAllWomen tweets, which numbered in the millions, offered personal experiences of misogyny, and the proliferation of the campaign highlighted the pervasiveness of women’s experiences with sexism and male violence.

Many questions remain unresolved:

·  In what ways are men and women responsible for ending misogyny?

·  Where does individual responsibility begin and end?

·  Where does group responsibility begin and end?

·  Does it matter if misogyny is learned, innate, or both in terms of how we answer these questions?

·  To what extent should we be concerned with misandry (prejudice against men/boys) in our culture?

·  Can our culture acknowledge gender differences without inevitably doing so in a way that creates a hierarchy of values?

·  How can we ensure that the atheist/secular humanist community minimizes sexism toward women?


Past Cafe Inquiry topics have included:

  • What makes people more or less religious?

  • Bullying

  • Free speech

  • Gun ownership

  • Social and political change

  • Prostitution

  • Reason vs. emotion

  • Democracy

  • Overpopulation

  • Inalienable rights

No outside food or drink allowed. Free and open to the public.

We are also planning to go out for food and/or drinks afterwards. Free and open to the public.

Interested in leading a discussion or have someone to recommend? Please contact us at dc[at]

The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.

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