Although it’s not the most racially diverse secular group (for obvious reasons), one of the reasons why I am so happy and proud to be part of EXMNA is its internal diversity of experiences and viewpoints. Our secret discussion group is full of thoughtful people who enjoy conversing on matters ranging from a bizarre Saudi eye ban that would presumably make Taher Shah very angry to Tajikistan’s religious laws to Junaid Jamshed’s misogyny (and beard).
Two members of the org recently did an interview on Dr. Darrel Ray’s Secular Sexuality podcast [Content Notice for Abuse] that’s very much worth a listen. Their experiences are quite disparate from mine in that both of them face a lot of physical danger from their families.
Embeds of both the podcast and my Skepticon talk below the jump.
I did a shorter interview with Darrel earlier that also touched on my religious background’s influence on my sexual development.
As I half-joked at this year’s SSA West conference, I’m very much looking forward to having more and more competition for my speaking slots as an ex-Muslim. Not only does that meant that I get to do more and more talks that aren’t exclusively or even primarily about Islam, like I did at Skepticon 7, but it also means demystifying ex-Muslims (and even Muslims, to some extent), destigmatizing apostasy from Islam, and, if I may indulge in a spot of optimism, ensuring a better overall world.