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Re: [bostonatheists] Is Slate Magazine Right that Sexual Harassment is Rampant in Our Ranks?

From: Robin U.
Sent on: Thursday, August 8, 2013 11:36 AM
As a social nerd, Catherine's ideas had never occurred to me. Wow. Now it all makes sense. I'm serious. 

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On Aug 8, 2013, at 11:28 AM, Catherine Caldwell-Harris <[address removed]> wrote:

Just another thought about one of Bob's comments:

On Aug 8, 2013, at 10:32 AM, Bob <[address removed]>

atheistic gatherings have less harassment, but higher report rates than most. 

I thought about this and it makes a lot of sense.  Personality tendencies could play a role here with women.  Female atheists are plausibly more assertive, less conformist, and believers in gender equality.  When they get harassed, they are then more likely than female religious believers to feel,"This isn't right!"   Female religious believers have more conventional attitudes about gender norms, such as "Boys will be boys" and take a purely defensive posture about male's sometimes predatory attitudes.   Hence Bob's observation about higher reporting. 

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