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Dec 23 2013

Occasional Link Roundup

Here, have some super-old but still-good links because I waited way too long to do another link roundup! 1. Greta posts a much-improved version of the creepy Christmas song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” along with some great commentary: Yes, there probably are some women — and some men — who say No as part of …

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May 22 2013

Assorted Thoughts on Women in Secularism 2

The FtB gang (well, most of it) at WiS2. Credit: Brian D. Engler

Last post about Women in Secularism (for now), I promise! I just wanted to give a quick overview of how things went since I couldn’t do much over the weekend but liveblog/-tweet obsessively. First of all, I want to thank Marcus Ranum (and Stephanie) once again for getting me there. I’m still a little shocked …

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Nov 22 2012

Giving Thanks

This is not your typical Thanksgiving post, so first of all, you should read this and understand what this day actually commemorates. Hint: it’s not a happy awesome feast with Pilgrims and Native Americans and all that.

However, I still celebrate it in my own way because I think it’s important to have a day set aside for giving thanks. And sure, I could do that any day of the year. But doing it on the same day as everyone else does it feels more meaningful.

Sep 02 2012

[storytime] An Abridged List of Lies I Was Taught as a Child

Money and success will make you happy. Being beautiful is an obligation. Being fat is the worst thing that could happen to you. College will be a magical la-la land where you will finally be happy. Men don’t like strong, opinionated women. Being gay is wrong. Never ask a guy out. Never have sex with …

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Feb 24 2012

Days I've Been An Adult

[TMI Warning] According to our culture and our legal system, I just became an adult. That is, I just turned 21. Happy birthday to me. Although 18 is the age of majority, 21 is the age at which we gain control over our own bodies by getting the legal right to pump them full of …

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Aug 04 2011

Dancing With Myself

[This is a piece I wrote in response to a prompt at Open Salon and just thought I'd repost it here.] You aren’t really a daughter of Russian parents unless they make you do ballet. Mine did, though I started later than most–when I was five years old. I continued until I was  fifteen. Over …

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Jul 26 2011

Why I Oppose Banning Burqas

And no, my reasoning has nothing to do with racism or any other ism! Belgian lawmakers recently passed a bill that, if approved in their senate, would make it illegal to wear burqas in public. This comes on the heels of France’s When justifying banning burqas or similar Islamic garments, people typically make two points–one, …

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Jun 20 2011

The Trivialization of Mental Illness

I’m reading a very interesting novel called The Four Fingers of Death. It’s somewhat science-fiction, with a distinctly Vonnegut-esque tone to it–very sarcastic and cynical. The story takes place in the 2020s, and the author, Rick Moody, gives several hints as to the general milieu of the future. Few people have cars as gas is …

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Nov 02 2009

"Don't Be Afraid to Give Up the Good for the Great"

[Sometimes I like to send myself emails using FutureMe. I get them a year later and instantly remember what it was like to be me a year ago.] Dear FutureMe, Yesterday it happened just like in the dream I kept having over the summer. I was motionless on the sideline, in front of a wall of …

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Oct 11 2009

What Going to College Taught Me

I was only a few days into my first year of college when I realized that my experience was going to be very different from that of everyone else I know. On Facebook, my friends all had statuses like “so-and-so FUCKING LOVES COLLEGE” and “so-and-so is going to my first college party tonight :)” and …

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