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Machismo is usually described as a strong sense of masculine pride or an exaggerated masculinity.[1] Another definition of machismo is an "exhilarating sense of power or strength."[2]

Some of the Old Testament heroes display machismo such as Samson.[3]

Quote relating to the new atheist Richard Dawkins and machismo

See also: Atheism and cowardice and Atheism and mental toughness

An excerpt from that was is also quoted from a column at

So Mary Kenny thinks that there are more atheist men than women, and that this is the result of some sort of attempt at overt manliness on their part. She really must try to pay attention - to Richard Dawkins, for example whom one could hardly describe as being the epitome of machismo."[4][5]

In The Daily Telegraph article Dr. Daniel Came, a member of the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University was quoted as writing to fellow atheist Richard Dawkins concerning his refusal to debate Dr. William Lane Craig, "The absence of a debate with the foremost apologist for Christian theism is a glaring omission on your CV and is of course apt to be interpreted as cowardice on your part."[6]

After the Elevatorgate controversy, the new atheist Richard Dawkins chose to complain about being bullied by feminists rather than being stoic about the situation and the Washington Post reported on November 18, 2014:

“I don’t take back anything that I’ve said,” Dawkins said from a shady spot in the leafy backyard of one of his Bay Area supporters. “I would not say it again, however, because I am now accustomed to being misunderstood and so I will . “

He trailed off momentarily, gazing at his hands resting on a patio table.

“I feel muzzled, and a lot of other people do as well,” he continued. “There is a climate of bullying, a climate of intransigent thought police which is highly influential in the sense that it suppresses people like me.”

Recent criticism of Dawkins has come from women, many of them within the atheist movement, which has long drawn more men to its ranks. His online remarks, some women say, contribute to a climate they see as unwelcoming to female atheists.

Writing for Salon last month, atheist activist Amanda Marcotte said: “People like Dawkins . are the public face of atheism. And that public face is one that is defensively and irrationally sexist..."

Some atheist men, too, are unhappy with Dawkins’ most recent remarks[7]

Richard Dawkins and his stress related stroke

See: Richard Dawkins and his stress related stroke

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  4. Atheist men and women, Op-ed, ALAN BOURKE, CHARLESLAND COURT, GREYSTONES, CO WICKLOW, website
  5. Taken from a forum post at Richard Dawkins' ex-forum
  6. Richard Dawkins accused of cowardice for refusing to debate existence of God, The Daily Telegraph, May 14, 2011
  7. Richard Dawkins stands by remarks on sexism, pedophilia, Down syndrome, by Kimberly Winston | Religion News Service November 18, 2014 and syndicated to the Washington Post