Under another on-line username I have campaigned for decades to change the attitudes of the secularist and humanist organisations and journals and male atheists and have been met for most of that time by overt and covert denial, abuse and hostility. Nor are women, even atheist women, the sisterhood of myth and legend.
I could give you documented chapter and verse - actual examples of outrageous sexism and misogyny from my own personal experience. This despite always presenting the rationale and evidence, that I know displeases them, as dispassionately as I can and unless provoked, without rancour.
Especially hurtful has been the years without support and even abuse from gay rights activists in the secularist movement a cause that I and other feminists have actively supported. (My view that the prejudice against gay men is about the patriarchal attitudes to all 'illicit sex' and the role of women, was seen as raining on their parade.)
Derided and attacked as I still am, by humanists and others hostile to open criticism and opposition to religion, and by criticisms of women who use pseudonyms as many women have had to do in the past I persist.
Of all the issues on which atheism and secularism is relevant, the autonomy, freedom and equal rights - of over half the population is a prime atheist (and secularist and humanist) issue. Yet glaringly obvious as it is, it has been is still is for some of them - ignored.
And also - of all the issues that have done so much damage in preventing the progress of human society and institutions, the worst by far must be the relegation of women to a subservient, submissive and domestic role of second personhood.
When will the pope apologise to women?
When the seas run dry.
Women's subjection has for three thousand years, largely excluded the talents and contributions of women from every sphere of human advancement, education and academia, science and the arts, government and administration. Even in their areas of expertise, health and welfare, community, the environment, economy, farming and ecology, they have been just the drudges.
As always there have always been a tiny minority who, like the post enlightenment men who befriended and supported women atheist feminists in the early secularist movement. But they have been few and far between. Only now that we have a truly atheist organisation that has the courage it needs, are we seeing any signs of change.
It has been my dream of the last decade and I hope for the sake of all the great atheists, I am not going to wake up and find that that is all it is.
Being in the vanguard of social change is no fun - whether it is in relegating religion to the fiction shelves of the library or establishing women's rightful place beside men not behind them.
If you have read this far - well done & thank you.8-)