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May 23

Sexism at Regional Atheist Meet?

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 in Observations, Politics

David Eller speaks at Rapture RAM on May 22, 2011

Update: I’ve made available a longer excerpt of the original talk to provide better context. Also a transcription has been added.

Jen McCreight wrote about something that was said by author David Eller during his second talk at the West Coast Rapture RAM this past weekend in Oakland, CA. Eller has offered an apology following that posting.

The controversy? While presenting a slide listing different various atheist groups and contributors including Laci Green and Cristina Rad, Eller made the tongue-in-cheek comment, “Nobody minds pretty Romanian blondes… I watch a lot of her blogs to learn.”  This moment in his 50-minute speech was met with laughter, but some in the audience were apparently not laughing.

In her blog, Greta Christina also raised issue with a subsequent suggestion by Eller to have a repeat of “Boobquake“, an event that McCreight created last year. One audience member is heard saying “Boobs are good” in response. (This can be heard in the longer excerpt below.)

Having been there for the event, I captured the audio of what was said, both Eller’s comment in context of his talk and McCreight’s question/comment followed by Eller’s response. I present it below so you may hear and judge it for yourself. Do you think there is sexism here?

  1. David Eller Discusses Atheist Media (mp3) – longer excerpt
  2. Jen McCreight Comments And Eller Responds (mp3)


Transcriptions as best as can be determined are below (thanks to Jesse for helping out):