Monthly Archive: May 2008

May 17 2008


As promised a couple of weeks ago. But first, a shout-out to my old friend Max on this one, since it was really his idea. Back in college, a bunch of us were hanging out, and I was playing “Suzanne” on the guitar (non-ironically, even — was I ever so young?), and Max started ad-libbing …

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May 16 2008

“Does (X) Count?” What Sex Is, And Why The Question Matters: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s about the question of how we define sex… and why that question has serious, real-world consequences. It’s titled, Does (X) Count?” What Sex Is, And Why The Question Matters, and here’s the teaser: It was a letter to Scarleteen, the “sex advice for teenagers” …

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May 15 2008

They Said Yes!

They said yes! The California Supreme Court said yes. Ingrid and I can get married now. Legally. (Or we can in 30 days, when the ruling takes effect.) I kind of don’t know what to say about this. I’m still processing it. And it still could be overturned: it looks like there’s going to be …

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May 13 2008

Sexual Perspective, Or, How Can You Eat That?

Please note: This piece discusses some aspects of my personal sex life — not in a lot of detail, but it may be a bit too much information for family members and others who don’t want to read about my sex life. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. “Nobody in their right …

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May 13 2008

Blog Carnivals!

Blog carnival roundup! First, there’s a nifty new blog carnival in town: Carnival of Sex and Sexuality #1, at Homo Academicus. Read it, link to it, send in your sex-related blog posts to the second edition. Let’s keep this thing going! Also: Carnival of the Godless #91 at State of Protest. Skeptic’s Circle #86 at …

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May 12 2008

The Harm Reduction Model of Life

Due to both chance and temperament, I have a lot of friends who work (or have worked) in public health. (Including, of course, my darling wife.) As a result, I hear a lot about the concept of harm reduction. And once I started learning about harm reduction, I found that it isn’t just a useful …

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May 09 2008

Multiple Marriage and the Texas Polygamy Case: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog, about the Texas polygamy case. At first I didn’t think I was going to write about it, since I didn’t think I had anything original to say about it. (Pretty much what I had to say about it was, “Oh, my god, that is so …

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May 07 2008

The Big Cheese

My brother Rick, a.k.a. Preacher Jenkins (no, he’s not a preacher — it’s a long story, if you get me and my brother drunk enough sometime we’ll tell you the story, or at least make one up that’s reasonably entertaining, and did we ever tell you about the time that…) Where was I? Oh, yes. …

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May 06 2008

The Texas Dildo Massacre, Or, Reason Number 2,767 Why Gay Rights Matter To Everyone

The Federal court decision that inspired this post happened a couple of months ago, when I first wrote it. But the issues it addresses are very much current and pertinent… not to mention a rare bit of good sex news in this crappy decade. So I’m reprinting it anyway. This piece was originally published on …

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May 05 2008

Is Religious Faith Irrational?

At the end of yesterday’s post, I posed the question, “Is religious faith irrational?” Well, okay. I didn’t so much pose it as answer it. “Yes,” I said. I argued that religious faith is irrational, by definition, in a way that secular faith isn’t. I argued that religious faith means maintaining one’s faith in the …

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