Atheism and skepticism are two overlapping geek communities, with many prominent writers identifying with both communities, overlapping conferences and similar.
The atheist position denies the existence of the supernatural and of gods. The skeptical position holds that beliefs should be well-supported by the evidence. In the geek community form skepticism usually involves a high respect for rigourous scientific inquiry and evidence and a low respect for other origins of beliefs. It is possible to hold one position but not the other, and both positions can be held as private belief systems, but this article deals largely with the geek communities that are organised around and activists for these principles.
The visible atheism and skepticism communities have low numerical representation of women.
Misc reading, to be sorted/contextualised:
- May 2012: Women in Secularism conference
- Boobquake (Wikipedia)
- Wikipedia: Atheist feminism
- Natalie Reed's post about quitting the atheism movement
- Getting It Right Early: Why Atheists Need to Act Now on Gender and Race by Greta Christina
- Race, Gender, and Atheism, Part 2: What We Need To Do -- And Why by Greta Christina
- Atheism, race and gender by Daylight Atheism
- All In by Natalie Reed: "It gradually became clear that our values were what were incidental, not the problematic elements I thought could be minimized to help the movement become the positive force I saw it as having the potential to become. Most people just wanted to get together to make fun of astrology and stuff."
- Rebecca Watson (blog)
- Greta Christina (blog)
- Ophelia Benson (blog)
- Sikivu Hutchinson (Wikipedia article)
- Where are all the atheist women? Right here
- Large list of awesome female atheists on BlagHag
- Incident at World Atheist Convention (known as 'Elevatorgate')
- Treatment of 15 year old girl at rAtheism
- 2012 atheist and skeptic harassment policies campaign
- Skeptic harassment revelations 2013