Not Of This Earth
By William Pullin, UFO Historian
Greetings! Silence. The UFO community has always suffered from issues that have had a direct influence on how the UFO field and it’s members, researchers and laypersons alike, moves forward, or not as is often the case. This situation is not exclusive to the UFO field, as some of the issues in question are prevalent in our society as a whole. Firstly, there has always been a lack of diversity in the UFO field, certainly in the research community, as the majority of UFO researchers are white males of a certain age, usually middle aged or older. Women and minorities have always been woefully underrepresented. That has to change. Secondly, women have been, for the most part, unable to work their way into the UFO field to any substantial degree. Certainly harassment is a prime factor contributing to that problem. I have seen such abhorrent behavior on a first hand basis, behavior I find unacceptable, disgusting, and childish. My girlfriend Venus was on the receiving end of such harassment on multiple occasions; including unwanted gifts, not having her testimony or contributions taken seriously, and inappropriate messages and comments from married men who evidently don’t take their vows seriously at all. All that stopped abruptly when we became a couple, which to my mind simply means that those same “men” were not enamoured with the prospects of dealing with me. A wise move on their part. Now, what can be done to address these troubling issues and others? We can only hold ourselves accountable for our own conduct, but we can certainly make strong efforts to encourage diversity, and to take the input and contributions of others seriously and with respect. The UFO field should be a diverse field, with members from all walks of life, all creeds, and all points of view. We cannot stay silent!!! Thank you for your kind support.