Aug 19, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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The subject of this month's meeting isWhy Atheists Have a Serious Problem With Women. Recently, Dr. Karen Stoltznow exposed a problem she had with a prominent Skeptic and the seemingly uncaring attitude toward her reported problem by a large renowned Skeptic/Humanist organization. An article was published in Scientific American. In her statement, she had made some remarks about the organization involved that may have been less than accurate. Apparently, a rational discussion about the claims on a certain blog is not possible because the subject is so toxic.
The Tucson Atheists is a member of the FreeThinking community and can be affected by the national debate. We may have our own problems with sexism and sexual harassment to deal with, I'm not sure. Any movement, such as ours, that is growing and encompassing so many members may feel the stresses of growing pains. In particular, folks coming from outside the area and joining us may bring with them concerns that they've seen in the movement. Let's discuss them.
BTW, the bolded italicized text above is a logical fallacy but found as a headline on the on-line blog called PolicyMic.
For those that would like to read Dr. Stoltznow's article that has been pulled from Scientific American you can find it HERE. For those that want to see the complaints about the article from the leader of the implicated organization you can find them HERE.
In the last five years, there has been one sexual harassment complaint within the Tucson Atheists. If that is the only one, then we don't have a problem, but there may have been many that went unreported. Through our discussions, we may find we have a problem in this area.
Plenty of room for discussion.
This is a recurring meeting. The group meets on the third Monday of the month at the Denny's on Speedway. The meeting officially begins at 7PM but many people choose to meet earlier to socialize before the meeting. I start setting up equipment around 6 and enjoy the company while I get the equipment ready for the meeting.