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Stephanie zvan

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Date registered: November 8, 2011

Latest posts

  1. Moving Day — September 1, 2011
  2. Businessmen’s Heads — August 31, 2011
  3. The Love of Problematic Literature — August 30, 2011
  4. Male Rape Victims: Let’s Talk About the Men — August 29, 2011
  5. Saturday Storytime: The Shadow and the Flash — August 27, 2011

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Aug 21 2011

Be the Village

I miss DuWayne. He used to have more time to come play online, even after he started school. It was limited time, of course, because he missed his kids and had to travel several states away to spend time with them. But with parents, you always settle for the time you can get. DuWayne’s time …

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Aug 20 2011

Saturday Storytime: The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window

I was thinking to myself that I needed to post a story about changes today, since there are (good) changes in the works for this blog and for me. Then I got distracted by a story by Rachel Swirsky linked by The Future Fire for tomorrow’s #FeministSF discussion on Twitter. You’ll never guess what it …

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Aug 17 2011

Lady Gaga Versus The Secret

If you don’t know what The Secret is, consider yourself lucky to have escaped one more instance of the sort of pseudo-mystical self-help craze that mostly helps the author. If you don’t know who Lady Gaga is, you don’t actually live on this planet, so please leave a comment in the interest of furthering human …

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Aug 16 2011

Embracing the Euphemism

I’ve long had a complicated relationship with euphemisms. On their own, I don’t like them much. I’m annoyed by people’s inability to talk about the things they clearly want or need to talk about. Many of them reflect the negative attitudes that keep us from speaking plainly in the first place. And some of them …

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Aug 15 2011

Mock the Movie: Atom Age Vampire

Things are a bit quiet around the blog at the moment. Somehow, running myself into exhaustion every other day working on the house (updating a 70s-era bathroom with some water damage takes a bit of work) doesn’t leave me a lot of energy left for writing anything insightful, much less entertaining. That’s going to have …

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Aug 13 2011

Saturday Storytime: The Fish of Lijiang

Having recently had a much-needed vacation and time to think, this story by Chen Qiufan, translated by Ken Liu, had maybe a little too much resonance for me. Twenty-four hours ago, I had a multiplicity of identities: an office drone with a strict routine, the master of a gray Ford, the prospective owner of a …

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Aug 10 2011

I’m Just a Law

If you haven’t seen this clip from The Daily Show, you must. It is nostalgia, biting satire, political education, and John Oliver at his most entertaining, all in one. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Dodd-Frank Update www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily …

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Aug 09 2011

God’s Design for Discrimination

In case you’ve forgotten over the summer, Minnesota will have a “reserve civil marriage for straight people only” amendment on the ballot in 2012. The campaign has now started, since the Minnesota Patriarchy Council has put out a call for volunteers. There’s a bunch of rigamarole in their letter about “unaccountable judges” (in a state …

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Aug 06 2011

Saturday Storytime: Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots

After last week’s story, it’s time for something less sparkly and less grim. Luckily, my friend Michael recommended this story by Sandra McDonald yesterday. When I was a much younger woman, as part of the divorce settlement from my then-millionaire inventor husband, I asked for our house in Connecticut, a modest amount of alimony, and …

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Aug 04 2011

Women in Secularism Conference

W00t! The Center for Inquiry is hosting a conference on the topic of women in the secular movement! Here at CFI we think it’s high time—it’s past time—for these and related issues to receive serious consideration. This is why we are proud to announce a special (dare I say historic?) conference on Women in Secularism, …

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