It hadn’t occurred to me, seven or so years ago when I started the website Skepchick.org, that misogyny might exist independently of religion. Most of the antiwoman rhetoric that I read or experienced came by way of holy books—“wives, submit to your own husband as you do to the Lord” and so on.
I assumed that misogyny was forever tied to religion and that shaking off one meant also dropping the other. Atheists like me, I figured, were all progressives. We had no need for an internal debate on the worth of women or on the intrinsic value of diversity. We were a group of highly evolved,forward-thinking, mostly older white male critical thinkers.