Site Map: An Index of my Favorite (and Most Popular) Posts


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Readers of my blog will have no doubt noticed that I keep a list of my favorite blog posts in the right column of my blog, so that newcomers to my blog can easily find the old good stuff. (My blog isn’t usually topical or time-sensitive, and it seems a waste to have some of my best writing disappear into the mists of the archives.)

But readers of my blog will also notice that said list is getting a bit, shall we say, unwieldy. Hence, the introduction to my blog of something that’s long overdue:

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A site map.

This is an organized index: not of every single post I’ve written in this blog, but of the ones I consider reasonably important, interesting, or in some cases just funny. (I’m still going to keep the “favorite posts” list, but I’m trimming it considerably.) The posts are listed in reverse chronological order, with more recent posts at the top of each category. Posts that belong in two or more categories have been put in two or more categories. Go figure.

Important note: The fact that a post appears here doesn’t necessarily mean that I still agree with it. In some cases I changed my mind about a post weeks, months, or years later; in others, you can see my mind actually changing in the comments thread. Especially when it comes to atheism. My ideas and opinions have been evolving, and this blog should be read as my “thinking out loud” place — not my “final word on the subject” place. Posts that I consider unusually important or good are marked with a *. Posts I consider super-duper important or good are marked with a ***.

BTW: I don’t expect anyone to actually read this through. (Although if you do, you win the Devoted Fan award.) I’m just posting it now so I can link to it later.


ATHEISM

Arguments against/ critiques of religion (specific religious beliefs, and religion in general)

Can You Prove It Didn’t Happen? Progressive Religion and the Standards of Evidence
The Sameness of Imagination, The Astonishingness of Reality: Thoughts on Science and Religion
* “A Different Way of Knowing”: The Uses of Irrationality… and its Limitations
* Is Religious Faith Irrational?
* What Would Convince You That You Were Wrong? The Difference Between Secular and Religious Faith
Onward Christian Soldiers: Theocracy and the U.S Military
“Everything happens for a reason”: Atheism and Learning from Mistakes
The Blasphemy of Creationism
Darwin Day, Judgment Day, and the Non-Science of Intelligent Design
* What’s the Harm in a Little Woo?
* The 100% Solution: On Uncertainty, And Why It Doesn’t Matter So Much
“Trusted adults, including priests, may be the abusers”
Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor
* True or False? Helpful or Harmful? The Two Different Arguments About Religion
Liar, Loony, or Lord; Or, Why Atheists Make C.S. Lewis Cry
*** Atheists and Anger
Why Religion Is Like Fanfic
The Catholic Church: Pedophilia as a First Amendment Right
Christian Spanking Porn
“Where is my Faith”: Mother Teresa and Suffering
* Does The Emperor Have Clothes? Religion and the Destructive Force of Asking Questions
* A Self-Referential Game of Twister: What Religion Looks Like From the Outside
“A magnetism that will not let go”: The Drooling Homophobe Series, Part 764
* Eternal Fire: What Jesus Says in the Gospels About Hell
“Someone’s looking out for me”: God and the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse
The Shrinking Deity and the Empty Coloring Book
* Invisible Punishment: Hell as Social Control
* The True Faith: Liberal and Conservative Christianity
“Give her an out”: Prayer and Terminal Illness
Craig Thompson’s “Blankets”: Atheism in Pop Culture Part 3
The Jasmine Episodes: Atheism (and Anti-Theocracy) in Pop Culture
* The Problem of Suffering
Even If It’s Wrong: Barack Obama, Religious Faith, and Same-Sex Marriage
Mitt Romney: Gay Marriage Makes Baby Jesus Cry
* A Lattice of Coincidence: Metaphysics, the Paranormal, and My Answer to Layne
Atheists on Religion, Believers on Religion, Part 3
Well, There’s Your Problem: Atheists on Religion, Believers on Religion, Part 2
Having it Both Ways: Atheists on Religion, Believers on Religion
*** The Unexplained, the Unproven, and the Unlikely

Arguments for/ defenses of atheism, skepticism, and science

* “A Different Way of Knowing”: The Uses of Irrationality… and its Limitations
Atheism, Bad Luck, and the Comfort of Reason
Memories of a Good Science Education… and Worries About Bad Ones
The Content of Their Character: Judging on the Basis of Beliefs
Godless is the New Black: Is Atheism Just a Trend?
The Blind Watchmaker Makes a Watch: A Nifty Video About Evolution
*** Atheists and Anger: A Reply to the Hurricane
The Argument From Design Part Two: What Would We Do If We Didn’t
Exist? Plus Begging the Question, and What Is the River Trying To Do?

The Argument From Design — Now With 40% More Cosmology! Or, Why David Hume Rocks
* Is Atheism What Makes Happy Atheists Happy?
* Does The Emperor Have Clothes? Religion and the Destructive Force of Asking Questions
* Professor Brainiacs and Smarty Pants Know-It-Alls: Popular Perceptions of Science and Scientists
* The Slog Through the Swamp: What Science Is, And Why It Works, And Why I Care
Defending the Blasphemy Challenge: A Reply
“Fundamentalist” Atheists and Squabbling About Language
Love the Inventions, Hate the Inventors: Smacking Around Mark Morford, Round 2
Transcendental Skepticism: My Letter to Mark Morford

Atheist/ humanist philosophies of life

For No Good Reason: Atheist Transcendence at the Black and White Tour
The Sameness of Imagination, The Astonishingness of Reality: Thoughts on Science and Religion
* Sexual Perspective, Or, How Can You Eat That?
The Harm Reduction Model of Life
“Everything happens for a reason”: Atheism and Learning from Mistakes
* Atheism, Bad Luck, and the Comfort of Reason
Memories of a Good Science Education… and Worries About Bad Ones
The Not So Logical Conclusion: On the Morality of Atheists and Believers
On Illness, Bodies, and This Weird Free Will Thing
Is Altruism Real?
* The 100% Solution: On Uncertainty, And Why It Doesn’t Matter So Much
On Forgiveness
“Let Them Make Up Their Own Minds”: Bringing Up Kids Without God
“A Relationship Between Physical Things”: Yet Another Rant On What Consciousness And Selfhood Might Be
How Can You Have Meaning Without…
*** The Galileo Fallacy, and the Gadlfy Corollary
Not a Butler, Either: An Atheist Identity
Not Everything Means Something: Virginia Tech
Dancing Molecules: An Atheist Moment of Transcendence
The Martians Explain Consciousness
* Why Are We Here? One Agnostic’s Half-Baked Philosophy

Atheist/ humanist philosophies of death

Deconversion

Meta-atheism: atheist politics, community, debates within the movement, analyses of my own atheism, critiques of other atheist positions, etc.

What Do You Want, Anyway? An Atheist’s Mission Statement
Going to Church
On the Amazingness of Atheists… And Why It’s Doomed
The Not So Logical Conclusion: On the Morality of Atheists and Believers
The Scarlet Letter: Visibility and the Atheist Logo
The Content of Their Character: Judging On the Basis Of Beliefs
Faith, Science, and Advertising: An Ethical Quandary
Defensiveness, Rationalization, Mulishness… What Does That Have To Do W
ith Religion? Mistakes Were Made, Part 2

How Sweet the Sound: Atheism and Religious Music
Atheist Funerals
If You Weren’t An Atheist, What Would You Be?
* True or False? Helpful or Harmful? The Two Different Arguments About Religion
Godless is the New Black: Is Atheism Just a Trend?
* Good Cop, Bad Cop: Atheist Activism
Stranger in an Increasingly Strange Land: An Atheist Identity, Part 2
Not a Butler, Either: An Atheist Identity
Having it Both Ways: Atheists on Religion, Believers on Religion
Atheist or Agnostic?
Oh, The Believer and the Skeptic Should be Friends…

SEX

Porn, erotica, and sex art (critiques and commentary)

American Pie and Sexual Morality Plays
“Stories I wanted to tell”: An Interview with “Best Erotic Comics” Artist Trina Robbins
“That’s the fun of it”: An Interview with “Best Erotic Comics” Artist Justin Hall
All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Porn — Or Not
Which Side Are You On? Pro-Porn and Anti-Porn Arguments
Male Dom Female Sub
Perfect Porn and Other Myths
Christian Spanking Porn
The New “Zoo” Review: Zoo
Showtime’s “Californication”: Well, There’s Promiscuous and There’s Promiscuous
*** Ticky-Tacky, or Why Most Mainstream Het Porn Bores The Pants On To Me
Playing the Race Card: Candida Royalle’s Caribbean Heat
* “A price I was willing to pay”: Hard Porn, Sex Work, and Consent
Mighty Real: 9 Songs
* Lost Girls
A Sex Writer’s Defense of Visual Porn
Reality Porn: British Phone Box Cards
Does the Cage Disappear? Pleasure + Pain
When Art Porn Works: Ecstasy in Berlin 1926
Cheese Factory: Dream Quest
Why I Keep Watching Porn: Jenna Loves Pain
The Holy Grail is Filled With Lube: Shortbus
Hide and Seek: Dirty Found Magazine, Issue #1
Going Wild: A Feminist’s Defense of the “Girls Gone Wild” Girls
For Better for Worse: Taboo: Forbidden Fantasies for Couples
Porn and Musicals: An Analogy

Porn, erotica, and sex art (my own)

Sex and life

Sex and politics/society

Sexual Perspective, Or, How Can You Eat That?
The Texas Dildo Massacre, Or, Reason Number 2,767 Why Gay Rights Matter To Everyone
* Born or Learned? Sexuality, Science, and Party Lines
Fuck Anything That Flies: Bisexuality, Fruit Flies, and the Causes of Sexual Orientation
Sex, Lies, and Contraception: The Male Pill
* Are You a Sex Addict? Part 2
* Are You a Sex Addict?
True Love Waits… And The Rest Of Us Get On With Our Sex Lives
“Trusted adults, including priests, may be the abusers”
Right Wing Hypocrisy, Part 2: The Scary Black Men Made Me Do It!
Right Wing Hypocrisy, or Why Sex Guilt Fucks Things Up For Everyone
The Catholic Church: Pedophilia as a First Amendment Right
Christian Spanking Porn
“A Magnetism That Will Not Let Go”: The Drooling Homophobe Series, Part 764
Sex Crazed Sex Goddesses of Sex: Women who Like Sex, and the Men who Don’t Appreciate Them
Define your Terms, Dammit! Teens and the Emotional Consequences of Oral Sex
Well, It Beats a Nice Hot Bath: Ted Haggard and the Straight Man’s Cure for Stress
* Children Become Adults — Stop the Presses!
Please Think of the Children: Sex Offender Hysteria
Sixteen Candles: The Rep. Foley Scandal
Going Wild: A Feminist’s Defense of the “Girls Gone Wild” Girls
Oral Arguments: A Dyke’s Defense of Blowjobs

Sexual orientation

Sex work

SM

POLITICS/ SOCIETY
(See also “Sex in politics/society,” in Sex, and “Arguments against/ critiques of religion,” in Atheism, above.)

Electoral politics, global politics, class politics, and just politics in general

The Harm Reduction Model of Life
The Texas Dildo Massacre, Or, Reason Number 2,767 Why Gay Rights Matter To Everyone
Onward Christian Soldiers: Theocracy and the U.S Military
Memories of a Good Science Education… and Worries About Bad Ones
he Content of Their Character: Judging On the Basis Of Beliefs
Democrats, Horse Races, and John Edwards
Hypocrisy or Bigotry — Which Is Worse? Huckabee and Giuliani on Gay Rights
*** Untested by Definition: A Rant on Alternative Medicine
Right Wing Hypocrisy, Part 2: The Scary Black Men Made Me Do It!
Right Wing Hypocrisy, or Why Sex Guilt Fucks Things Up For Everyone
*** Free Speech for Evil, Hateful, Repulsive Nutjobs? You Betcha!
*** Atheists and Anger
*** Short Memories: AIDS Denialism and Vaccine Resistance
*** The Galileo Fallacy, and the Gadlfy Corollary
* Good Cop, Bad Cop: Atheist Activism
Defending Disruption
Dinner, Art, and Class Warfare: The French Laundry
Is Atheism What Makes Happy Atheists Happy?
The True Faith: Liberal and Conservative Christianity
Stranger in an Increasingly Strange Land: An Atheist Identity
Even If It’s Wrong: Barack Obama, Religious Faith, and Same-Sex Marriage
Old Growth Forests and My Butt: The Great Toilet Paper Dilemma
The Sins of the Mother: Dr. Laura and Son
Hate Crime Laws, and the Difference Between Speech and Evidence
Mitt Romney: Gay Marriage Makes Baby Jesus Cry
Our No. 1 Crime Fighter: Alberto Gonzales, and What Government Is For
John McCain on AIDS: “Gee, I Never Thought About That
Please Think of the Children: Sex Offender Hysteria
Sixteen Candles: The Rep. Foley Scandal
*** Hurricane Katrina, and What Government Is For
North Korea, and Reason 8,624 that the War on Iraq was a Bad Idea

Feminism
(See also “Sex” above.)

Sex, Lies, and Contraception: The Male Pill
All I Really Need To Know I Learned From Porn — Or Not
Professionalism = Selling Your Soul: A Feminist Rant on “The Devil Wears Prada”
* “A price I was willing to pay”: Hard Porn, Sex Work, and Consent
Jolie Drove! (And We Are In What Decade Again?)
Christian Spanking Porn
So Christopher Hitchens Walks Into A Bar…
Ogle Therapy
Sex Crazed Sex Goddesses of Sex: Women who Like Sex, and the Men who Don’t Appreciate Them
Define your Terms, Dammit! Teens and the Emotional Consequences of Oral Sex
* Brain, Brain, What Is Brain? or, Is Gender Hard-Wired?
The Aging Slut
Going Wild: A Feminist’s Defense of the “Girls Gone Wild” Girls
Oral Arguments: A Dyke’s Defense of Blowjobs
The CDC “Pre-pregancy” Report: Argle-Bargle or Fooferaw?
The South Dakota Thing

Queer issues

Loading the Dice: Bisexuality and Choice
The Texas Dildo Massacre, Or, Reason Number 2,767 Why Gay Rights Matter To Everyone
* Born or Learned? Sexuality, Science, and Party Lines
Fuck Anything That Flies: Bisexuality, Fruit Flies, and the Causes of Sexual Orientation
Hypocrisy or Bigotry — Which Is Worse? Huckabee and Giuliani on Gay Rights
Not Butch, Not Femme
*** Free Speech for Evil, Hateful, Repulsive Nutjobs? You Betcha!
Dumbledore is Gay: Good Guys and Literary Closets
*** Short Memories: AIDS Denialism and Vaccine Resistance
Sacrificing Your Legal Rights, or, Why Robin Tyler is an Asshole
* How Gay Marriage Is Destroying Normal Marriage — No, Really
“A magnetism that will not let go”: The Drooling Homophobe Series, Part 764
* One In Seven: Why Civil Unions Aren’t Enough
Even If It’s Wrong: Barack Obama, Religious Faith, and Same-Sex Marriage
Hate Crime Laws, and the Difference Between Speech and Evidence
Mitt Romney: Gay Marriage Makes Baby Jesus Cry
John McCain on AIDS: “Gee, I Never Thought About That
Well, It Beats a Nice hot Bath: Ted Haggard and the Straight Man’s Cure for Stress
If You Believe in Bisexuals, Clap Your Hands: My Letter to Dan Savage

ART AND CULTURE
(See also “Porn/Erotica/Sex Art,” in Sex, above.)

Art

Books and Language

Film

Television

SCIENCE AND SKEPTICISM

Can You Prove It Didn’t Happen? Progressive Religion and the Standards of Evidence
The Sameness of Imagination, The Astonishingness of Reality: Thoughts on Science and Religion
* Born or Learned? Sexuality, Science, and Party Lines
Fuck Anything That Flies: Bisexuality, Fruit Flies, and the Causes of Sexual Orientation
The Blasphemy of Creationism
Memories of a Good Science Education… and Worries About Bad Ones
* Blood and Suffering: A Seriously Pissed-Off Rant About Alternative Medicine
* Airborne, and Medicine, and Why Skepticism of X Shouldn’t Equal Faith in Y
Memories of a Good Science Education… and Worries About Bad Ones
* Are You a Sex Addict? Part 2
* Are You a Sex Addict?
Darwin Day, Judgment Day, and the Non-Science of Intelligent Design
* “Strive to keep the door open”: An Interview with “Mistakes Were Made” Co-Author Carol Tavris
* Defensiveness, Rationalization, Mulishness… What Does That Have To Do With Religion? Mistakes Were Made, Part 2
* Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts — A Review
*** Untested by Definition: A Rant on Alternative Medicine
The Blind Watchmaker Makes a Watch: A Nifty Video About Evolution
*** Short Memories: AIDS Denialism and Vaccine Resistance
A Losing Battle: Is Weight Loss Counter-Productive?
*** The Galileo Fallacy, and the Gadlfy Corollary
* Professor Brainiacs and Smarty Pants Know-It-Alls: Popular Perceptions of Science and Scientists
*The Slog Through the Swamp: What Science Is, And Why It Works, And Why I Care
The Martians Explain Consciousness
Define your Terms, Dammit! Teens and the Emotional Consequences of Oral Sex
* Brain, Brain, What Is Brain? or, Is Gender Hard-Wired?
Love the Inventions, Hate the Inventors: Smacking Around Mark Morford, Round 2

META-BLOGGING: BLOGGING ABOUT BLOGGING

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Comments

  1. Elaine says

    Hey, toots. Your listings’ URL broke my RSS feed on Livejournal. Looks like the problem started somewhere around the list on films.

  2. says

    Please add this to your sidebar list! For Devoted Fan’s™ such as myself, it’s really helpful, and I wish I’d seen it earlier…
    I’m going to add it to your entry at Iron Chariots, the anti-apologetics wiki.

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