Hayley is a Ghost

Clarification on the female issue

Posted on: July 3, 2010

I made a blog post recently in which, having just read over it, I sound like a complete moron on the topic of female participation within the skeptical community (I apologise).

There is a habit that some people have of making a big deal out of a skeptic being a woman, and it can be off putting and this is what I was trying to touch upon in my blog post. As the female co-host of the Righteous Indignation podcast there have been times when really inappropriate comments have been made that shouldn’t have been made (and wouldn’t have been made if I was male) which is why there is a danger in making people uncomfortable if you make a big deal over the fact that they’re female and doubtful of things.

It’s why I think Janis, who originally came up with the idea of ‘Ladies who do skepticism (and coffee/lunch/cocaine*)’ has really helped in the way that female skeptics are no longer going to feel like the odd ones out. I know that Heidi Anderson (from Shethought & The fat one in the middle) has organised a LWDS meetup for TAM so that female skeptics will be able to meet other female skeptics at the start of the event, something that will that the ‘minority’ feel away from their attendance. How cool is that?

It’s an effort we should all be making, and, from recently blogging activities across the spectrum, it seems to me that people are starting to realise that.


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Hayley is a ghost

Hayley Stevens is an advocate for science-based research into seemingly paranormal experiences and occurrences. With a background in the pseudo-scientific research into ghosts, Hayley offers a unique insight into the strange world of ghost hunting through her experience.

She describes herself as 'a ghost hunter who doesn't hunt for ghosts' and this is her personal blog where she writes about ghosts, people, and other interesting things. Read more here.

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