Kate Donovan

Author's details

Date registered: September 2, 2012


Kate is a psychology student at Northwestern University who runs on coffee and snark. At some point she'd like to make people sit on couches and tell her about their feelings, but right now she writes on the internet and makes silly faces when she doesn't know what to say. An incorrigible optimist, she likes to knit, juggle, and will devour any book in reach. Questions? You can reach her at donovanable[at]gmail[dot]com.

Latest posts

  1. A List of Arbitrary Length: True Brain Facts — July 5, 2013
  2. Monday Miscellany — June 24, 2013
  3. Proposed: That We’d Just Be Better Off If We Forgot About That Flying Spaghetti Monster Stuff — June 20, 2013
  4. Monday Miscellany: Chronic Pain, Brains, & Beauty — June 17, 2013
  5. How to Be the ‘Right’ Kind of Crazy — June 11, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. When You Tie Shootings to Mental Illness — 315 comments
  2. You are Not His Mother — 163 comments
  3. Proposed: That We’d Just Be Better Off If We Forgot About That Flying Spaghetti Monster Stuff — 124 comments
  4. A National Database of the Mentally Ill — 57 comments
  5. How to Be the ‘Right’ Kind of Crazy — 52 comments

Author's posts listings

May 26 2013

[Monday Miscellany] Accessibility, Mental Health, and Atheist Churches?

It’s Monday, and I don’t have work! I’m celebrating by refusing to get out of bed. Chris Hofstader wrote about his experience as a blind man at Women in Secularism. This community has quite a ways to go in providing accessibility for all. I cannot blame the conference coordinators for the behavior of the attendees but this …

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May 23 2013

[Archive] Why Atheism Inspires Me to Seek Social Justice

Today, a repost. Last year, Ian Cromwell started a series asking atheists at large to contribute what being an atheist has done to improve their lives. Though I was not raised in a particularly religious fashion—a progressive take on Catholicism, followed by the epitome of spiritual-but-not-religious—my involvement in the secular movement and active identification as an atheist …

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May 22 2013

WiS and Liveblogging Wrap-Up

PROOF: We're not actually the same person.

I’m back! Women in Secularism was excellent. I’m catching up on everything I left alone while I was gone and have a bigger post in the works, so you’ll have to forgive me for the short summary and links. Liveblogs: Opening Remarks Faith-Based Pseudoscience. [Another from Jason] Amanda Marcotte [Jason] Rebecca Goldstein [Jason] Women Leaving …

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May 19 2013

[#wiscfi] Who Speaks for Feminism?

Second to last thing! Elisabeth Cornwell will be speaking about who speaks for feminism. This could be….interesting? I’m not sure where it’s going. 11:08 Here we go! Elisabeth is thanking everyone in the CFI staff. They’re pretty freaking great. Elisabeth learned a great deal this weekend, and talks about how important it is that we …

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May 18 2013

[#wiscfi] Liveblog: How Women’s Concerns Can Best Be Advanced within the Context of a Secular Agenda

Here we go! Panelists: Soraya Chemaly, Susan Jacoby, Amanda Marcotte, Katha Pollitt Moderator: Jamila Bey 2:43 Jamila: So. Personhood. (She said a longer thing, but I was busy collecting my sanity.) Amanda: Personhood is the idea of giving a fetus more rights than human beings (because humans can’t feed off of each other to survive right …

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May 18 2013

[#wiscfi] Liveblog: Gender Equality in the Secular Movement

Second panel of the day! I just got here…and left my phone in the hotel. Womp womp. Also, there’s a whole tub of hummus next to the projector. CAN I HAZ? On the panel: Stephanie Zvan, Debbie Goddard, Ophelia Benson, Elizabeth Cornwell. Moderator: Greta Christina Stephanie introduces herself as perhaps most known for suggesting anti-harassment …

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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


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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