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Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 20 2012

"Legitimate" Rape Does Cause Pregnancy

…and so do all those other kinds of rape. It amazes me what lengths pro-lifers will go to when trying to justify imposing their version of morality upon the rest of the country. Senate nominee Todd Akin (R-AR) thinks that, even in the case of rape, abortion shouldn’t be necessary. Why? “First of all, from …

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Aug 17 2012

Depression Personified

This is a work of fiction. Trigger warning for depression and abuse. And again. Everything starts to swirl in my mind again, tears pool in my eyes. Everything about me is shit–my writing, my activism, my appearance, my personality. I cry everywhere–in the office, in the bathroom, on the train, in bed. Just yesterday I …

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Aug 16 2012

Occasional Link Roundup

This is my occasional link roundup, in which I occasionally post links to things I like. Feel free to link to something you’ve written recently in the comments! 1. Ever wondered what the manic phase of bipolar disorder feels like? Read this. 2. Attachment parenting might be harmful to mothers’ mental health. It always gave …

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Aug 15 2012

Public Breastfeeding Should Not Be a Big Deal

Breastfeeding has been somewhat of a hot topic lately. On one hand, mothers’ decision to breastfeed or not has been subject to intense moralizing and even actual regulation, which is creepy. On the other hand, public breastfeeding has been under attack, too. Facebook disables/deletes accounts of people who post photos of themselves breastfeeding. Mothers lose …

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Aug 13 2012

Why Being Pro-Gay is More Than Just a Smart Business Move

Last Tuesday, Equally Wed magazine held a National Starbucks Appreciation Day and encouraged people to go to Starbucks to show support for their pro-gay rights stance. The event was a response to Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day, in which droves of people went to Chick-Fil-A to celebrate their right to deny others their rights. The magazine later …

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Aug 12 2012

A Reflection on Three Years of Blogging

Three years ago today, I inaugurated this blog with its first post. At one point in it, I explained that I’d moved to WordPress.com and started a new blog because of issues with my previous host, and I wrote this: I thought about buying my own domain and not messing around with that stuff anymore, …

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Aug 12 2012

Is Casual Sex Intrinsically Demeaning?

Many well-intentioned people decry casual sex (or hooking up, or what have you) and argue that there’s something inherently demeaning about it–that you’re just letting the other person use your body and then toss it aside, that you’re letting them disrespect you. It’s worth noting that, to these people, it’s only the woman in the …

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Aug 09 2012

Choosing Our Battles: A Chick-Fil-A Rant

This is an expanded version of a rant that I spontaneously posted on this blog’s Facebook page yesterday. [Also, snark warning. Haven't used one of those in a while!] I’m going to talk about Chick-Fil-A again because I just can’t stop. I keep hearing arguments that go something like this: “Yes, they donate money to …

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Aug 08 2012

[Guest Post] The Importance of Skepticism and Critical Thinking in American Society

This post was written by a fellow skeptic and student of psychology, Matthew Facciani. At best, a lack of skepticism and critical thinking in our society will leave humanity uneducated, insipid animals. At worst, it will be the cause of our ultimate demise. To begin, I would argue that critical thinking (disciplined thinking that is …

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Aug 07 2012

Occasional Link Roundup

So, I think that at this point I can officially stop pretending that I do my link roundups on Sundays, or that I do them weekly. So this will now be rebranded the Occasional Link Roundup(tm) and I will do it whenever the hell I please. Also, feel free to self-promote in the comments! Here …

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