Media Review: Greta Christina’s Blog: Sex, Atheism, Politics, Dreams, and Whatever. Thinking Out Loud Since 2005
February 6, 2012 § 1 Comment
Media Review Assignment
Blog: Greta Christina’s Blog: Sex, Atheism, Politics, Dreams, and Whatever. Thinking out loud since 2005
When I think of talented progressive bloggers, writer Great Christina easily comes to mind. Since 2005, Christina’s writing challenges traditional religious ideology with healthy doses of skepticism. Her blog tends to attract a younger crowd, many of whom are college students. In 2010, I was lucky enough to meet Greta Christina on Purdue’s campus when she gave her talk, “Atheism and Sexuality”.
Greta started her career as a professional writer in 1989. Her works cover a range of topics including sexuality and LGBT issues. The shift in focus from more general liberal issues to atheism is explained in her post “Why I am an Atheist Writer”. Greta explains that she considers her writing to be a form of activism with the intent of reaching a wide audience. She views religion as potentially harmful for society, attempting to counter its negative impact through writing. Greta also addresses those of opposing viewpoints with respect and dignity.
As a member of the skeptic community and feminist, I appreciate Greta Christina’s blog on a personal level. The majority of non-theist people tend to pay attention to trendy male authors. Well known writers such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens often take up the spotlight. Having a well-known female feminist author of an atheist blog is really awesome and progressive.
Greta explores how atheism intersects with gender and race. The post “Getting It Right Early: Why Atheists Need to Act Now On Race”, addresses issues of gender and race in the context of the skeptic community. The new atheist movement tends to be dominated and fronted by older white males, creating an environment that lacks diversity.
Greta notes the specific problems that occur because of this, such as unconscious bias and self-fulfilling prophecies. The big problem with a homogonous group is the tendency to limit any focus on issues concerning minorities: “…If a movement starts out being mostly made up of and led by white men, and there is no conscious, pro-active attempt to seek out and welcome women and people of color, then that movement will have a very strong tendency to continue being dominated by white men.… then that movement will tend to focus its energies on issues that concern white men, at the expense of issues that concern women and people of color…” Issues such as sexism and racism may become more overlooked. She mentions how important it is for the atheist community to diversify and expand its members. By creating an inviting and friendly atmosphere, the atheist movement can gain more resources and strength through solidarity.