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Monthly Archive: November 2010

Nov 30 2010

My interview at Radio Freethinker

In which I discuss women in skepticism (it’s a little less than half way in*). I was a bit sleep deprived thanks to a long post-talk pub night the evening before, and the interview took place early morning sans coffee, so I don’t quite remember what I said. Something about ladies and skepticism and such. …

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Nov 30 2010

Help Ask an Atheist!

Remember earlier this month when I congratulated Seattle’s Ask an Atheist television show for sweeping its channel’s awards? Well, unfortunately that channel is going to be dead come December 31st thanks to a lack of public funding. Ask an Atheist doesn’t want to die with it, so they’re asking for some help. They’ll be moving …

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Nov 29 2010

Anti-vaxxer madlibs

I filled in the blanks! Don’t you hate that you get sick every time you go to Canada? It certainly can’t be because you got infected before you went to Canada, because we all know correlation implies causation, and that no other variables other that you going to Canada preceded getting sick. Therefore, crossing the …

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Nov 28 2010

Sexy feminism?

Feminism is about choice. Sometimes I think if I repeat that enough, people will get it. This time I’ll let another blogger repeat it for me, since I think she’s spot on: Feminism (at least my brand) doesn’t oppose sexiness, but it opposes compulsory sexiness. It’s the difference between putting on makeup to look like …

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Nov 28 2010

I’m back!

And I’m about to go pass out somewhere. My Canada speaking trip was fun, but I’m exhausted now that I’m home. I’ll write up more about my trip later, but for now I leave you with one very important question to ponder: Why does Canada get Cadbury chocolate products year round? Why must we wait …

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Nov 26 2010

Sexy + Smart = Scary

I’ve been busy getting ready for my Canada trip, so I missed this little debate while it was first bubbling up. tl;dr some feminists are cranky that there are science cheerleaders because the only reason a woman would act sexy is because she’s been brainwashed by men. Ow. I just strained an eye muscle from …

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Nov 26 2010

It's a sign

Apparently God hates feminism. Or at least, God hates feminists talking about how God hates feminism. My talk last night was effectively canceled due to massive amounts of unseasonable snow in Vancouver. It wasn’t too horrible to drive in if you went slowly – more slush than the black ice Seattle got. But SFU is …

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Nov 25 2010

Vancouver or bust!

I’m leaving for my Canadian speaking tour this morning! Here’s my schedule, as a reminder: Simon Fraser University Skeptics Thurs. Nov. 25 3:30-5:30 pm in AQ 5037 Atheism and FeminismHour talk followed by Q&A Free & open to the publicLikely impromptu pub night to follow University of British Columbia Freethinkers Fri. Nov. 26 7-9 pm …

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Nov 23 2010

Snowpacolypse 2010!

That’s what Seattlites are already dubbing last night. Only two inches of snow fell in my neighborhood, but I’m reevaluating my Midwestern instinct to heckle. When your city is hilly and severely deprived of snow plows and de-icers, this is the result: My favorite “Oh nooooooooooo” moment is when the bus appears around 3 minutes …

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Nov 23 2010

Pope: condoms not just for gay prostitutes

When the Pope recently decided that condom use was okay when preventing the spread of AIDS, many people were suspicious of the example he used – gay prostitutes. Did that mean it was only okay when there was already zero possibility of pregnancy? Was this the Catholic Church snubbing women yet again? The Vatican has …

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