Monthly Archive: May 2007

May 31 2007

“Silly”: My Debut on the Blowfish Blog

This post includes a little bit of information about my personal sexuality; family members and others who don’t want to read about that, please hang up now. If you like my sex writing, you’ll be happy to know that I’m going to be doing a lot more of it. I just started a new gig, …

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May 29 2007

A Sex Writer’s Defense of Visual Porn

Originally published in Good Vibrations Magazine, May 2006. Please note: This post includes information about my personal sexuality; family members and others who don’t want to read about that, please hang up now. I’ve been writing about sex for over half my adult life. Sex writing makes up the vast majority of my writer’s resume, …

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May 28 2007

Even If It’s Wrong: Barack Obama, Religious Faith, and Same-Sex Marriage

There was this piece about Barack Obama in the New Yorker a couple of weeks ago. And it had a comment in it — about both same-sex marriage and religious faith — that chilled me to the bone. “If there’s a deep moral conviction that gay marriage is wrong, if a majority of Americans believe …

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May 28 2007

Carnival of the Godless #67

Carnival of the Godless is back, this time around at Letters From a Broad. They were kind enough to include my piece Mitt Romney: Gay Marriage Makes Baby Jesus Cry, so I want to say Thanks. If you want to see the latest best atheist blogging, check it out.

May 26 2007

It’s Not Fair! The Helsinki Complaints Choir

It’s official: This is the funniest thing I’ve seen online all week. It’s the Helsinki Complaints Choir. And it’s exactly what that sounds like. (BTW, the video isn’t really eight and a half minutes long — it’s more like six and a half, for some reason there’s two minutes of blank space at the end.) …

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May 24 2007

Upbeat Atheism and Dirty Stories: A “Humanist Symposium” Shout-Out and a “Perverts Put Out!” Reminder

First, a shout-out and thank you to the latest Humanist Symposium, a neat and smart blog carnival collecting positive atheist blog posts — i.e., posts about atheism that talk about what’s good about atheism, rather than what’s bad about religion. They were kind enough to include my piece Dancing Molecules: An Atheist Moment of Transcendence …

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May 23 2007

Old Growth Forests and My Butt: The Great Toilet Paper Dilemma

I found out something very disturbing recently. Not about Dr. Laura, or Mitt Romney, or Christopher Hitchens. About toilet paper. What I found out is that much commercial toilet paper is made from old growth forests. Now, I try to be socially conscious and eco-groovy; but I’m also not a psycho about it. I tend …

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May 22 2007

The Sins of the Mother: Dr. Laura and Son

You might think I’d be joining in the “Ha ha” brigade. As you may have heard, Deryk Schlessinger — son of notorious homophobe/ sex-phobe/ right-wing relationship and sex advisor Dr. Laura Schlessinger — is under investigation by the Army (he’s a soldier in Afghanistan) for creating a MySpace page with some unbelievably disturbing and fucked-up …

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May 21 2007

Mistakes Were Made: The Arrogance and Fun of Admitting You’re Wrong

“As smug and self-righteous as people can be when they’re loudly insisting that they’re right, it does not even come close to the smug self-righteousness of people who are loudly pointing out that they’re big enough to admit their mistakes.” I’m quoting myself here. See, I get a little tired of hearing skeptics, science-lovers, and …

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May 20 2007

Come Hear Me Read! Perverts Put Out, May 25

Come hear me read dirty stories! In honor of National Masturbation Month, the Perverts Put Out series of sex readings will be holding their Wank Edition, a sterling celebration of self-abuse, on Friday, May 25, with fabled and infamous sex writers Charlie Anders. Meliza Bañales, m. i. blue, Jen Cross, Juba Kalamka, Thomas Roche, horehound …

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