Sexism seem to be the topic of the week again then, hmm? You can see this post from Blag Hag to get the relevant details and links, although essentially the whole blow up is about how different people get different experiences from the same community. Some women have a thoroughly positive experience in skeptical organisations/events etc. while others are put off by the rampant sexism that they perceive.
I am not part of skeptical organisations and certainly this type of heated discussion puts me off from even considering joining. Not because of the sexism. While it is not right and does annoy me when I encounter it, it is also not something that I am going to be particularly put off by, just as I am not put off by the fact most of my family are Christians and I happen to disagree with them. Individuals are individuals and there are plenty of people who demonstrate what I enjoy about skepticism, those will be the ones I associate with, not the people who annoy or insult me. What really bugs me about the whole thing is that each side seems to think they represent the opinions of all women and that they have the right to tell others how they should be behaving. Um, well no, you don't. Neither side has that right and neither side should be speaking for anyone but themselves as individuals.
Why is there such a lack of tolerance for different experiences and perspectives? It is something I have observed numerous times in various situations where there is a polarisation of opinion and subsequent demonisation of those who disagree. It really is not necessary to tear others apart to make your point. I don't know if intolerance in general has increased or decreased. I know it is something I need to work on more in my own life, and after all, as I am the only person I can control acceptance starts at home.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!