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Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 17 2013

[#wiscfi] Liveblog: How Feminism Makes Better Skeptics: The Role Rationality Plays in Ending Sexism

I’m going to be liveblogging Amanda Marcotte’s talk, How Feminism Makes Better Skeptics: The Role Rationality Plays in Ending Sexism in just a little bit! You can follow other tweets at #wiscfi, and me at @donovanable. 3:42 In terms of the amount of time that anti-secularists spend on arguing….gender related issues are some of the biggest …

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May 17 2013

[#wiscfi] Kate Live Blogging Women in Secularism

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I am! I’m here! It’s nice, if a bit muggy in DC, and I am trying to avoid buying ALL THE SURLIES (but will eventually crack). Jason, Miri, and I will be trading off live blogging events! Ron Lindsay is reading from the Bible right now, and you should go head on over to Lousy …

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May 15 2013

No, You Shouldn’t Be Jerks to the Homeless Just Because A&F is Awful

Fat-shaming gets me on a gut level. I hate it, I’d like it to go away, and the recent statements of CEO of clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch, which included this little gem: In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” he told the site. “Candidly, …

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May 13 2013

Monday Miscellany

A little light on the links (and very late) for this one–I ran a fever for a few days and haven’t been much caught up on the blogosphere. I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this gem about depression and coping from Hyperbole and a Half. But people want to help. So they try harder …

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May 09 2013

Enchanted Forest, INC. – Novel Excerpt

Yesterday, probably yesterday, who knows with exams being the way they are, a few people expressed some interest in reading my fiction.  What follows is an excerpt, the prologue from my novel Enchanted Forest, INC.  It is Terry Pratchett-esque fantasy/humor/adventure/snark. There comes a point when a yipping dog has to be put outside or locked in …

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May 08 2013

The life of the PhD student: Comprehensive Exams

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Tomorrow, I begin the journey of Comps.  There are 4 questions, over 4 days, and I have 4 hours to answer each of them.  It’s sort of the marathon of test-taking. Last week I turned in a 7000 word historical research paper about the rural purge.  Maybe I’ll adapt that into some sort of much …

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May 05 2013

[Blogathon] Say Hi to Ally Fogg!

So this is a cheater post because I’m on a bus with spotty wifi at best, no place to put my laptop, and an overactive heater. BUT You should go check out Heteronormative Patriarchy for Men, written by the lovely brilliant Ally Fogg. He’s our latest arrival to FtB, and would probably like some shiny …

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May 05 2013

[Blogathon] Wildly Inappropriate Things to Say to People With Eating Disorders

1. But you’re not skinny! I swear to god, you’d think daring to have an eating disorder while not being rail skinny was the equivalent of wandering around yelling “I WAS MURDERED” while still breathing. No. Staaaahp. 2. But if you don’t think you’re thin enough, what does that make me?! Bad at understanding mental …

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May 05 2013

[Blogathon] 6 Reasons to Own a Rat

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I’m posting every hour on the hour until 6pm for SSAWeek! Have something you want me to write about? Donate $20 or more to the Secular Student Alliance and tweet me! It’s virtually impossible to follow me on any social media and not know I own a rat named Boo. Been considering getting one yourself? You totally should. 1. …

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May 05 2013

[Blogathon] Your Jerkbrain is a Puppy & Coping With Anxiety

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I’m posting every hour on the hour until 6pm for SSAWeek! This post was suggested by William Brinkman. Have something you want me to write about? Donate $20 or more to the Secular Student Alliance and tweet me! An Exercise in Imperfect Analogies Treat your jerkbrain like a puppy. Do you scream when your fuzzy pup pees a little on …

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