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Monthly Archive: January 2009

Jan 30 2009

The Big Guns: Greta Answers Some Theologians

So what are the big guns of modern theology? And what do atheists have to say to them? I spend a fair amount of blogging time shooting down arguments for religion made by ordinary Joe and Jane Believers. As do other atheists. But many believers say this is unfair. They argue that we’re shooting fish …

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Jan 29 2009

Faint Praise: “Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships”

This review was originally written for Alt.com Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships by Tristan Taormino Cleis Press. ISBN 978-1-57344-295-4. $16.95. I’ve been waiting a long time for this book. For many years, the bible of open relationships, the comprehensive “non- monogamy 101″ text that got recommended to everyone, was “The …

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Jan 26 2009

Sex, Relationships, and the Hazards of Default Decisions

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. I once had a therapist — a sort of lousy therapist — who I was seeing when I was starting to question my long-established singledom and consider looking for a relationship again. I told her about a huge revelation I’d had: the revelation that many of …

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Jan 26 2009

Atheism, Stripping, and More: Greta on “Feast of Fools” Radio

I’m on the radio! Okay, Internet radio. But hey, this is the 21st century, and Internet radio is the new black. The “Feast of Fools” podcast is a daily talk show hosted by Fausto Fernos and Marc Felion featuring celebrity guests, artists, musicians, actors and members of the GLBT community; a roundtable discussion of unusual …

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Jan 23 2009

Sex — The Great Exception: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It asks a question I’ve been asking myself for a long time: Why is sex always the exception? Why is sex the exception to laws about free speech? Why is it okay for a Supreme Court Justice to say he can’t define obscenity but he …

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Jan 21 2009

On Being an Atheist Watching the Inauguration

Yes. Okay. Pride; hope; history; immense joy; inexpressible relief. Yes. Sure. Absolutely. But also this. I was watching the Inauguration, with pride and hope and history and joy and relief. And the message I kept hearing was, “We are one country. This country belongs to everybody in it. Everybody has a voice. Everybody has a …

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Jan 21 2009

Dream diary, 1/21/09: Doctor Biden’s housecall

I dreamed that Joe Biden was my doctor, and was making a housecall at my office. I was having narcolepsy and dizzy spells: he said we could treat it with aggressive medication, but he thought the problem might just be sleep deprivation, and suggested I take a nap. He also thought the problem might be …

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Jan 20 2009

A Nation Breathes a Sigh of Relief

Yes, pride. Yes, hope. Yes, a feeling of giddy excitement. Yes, a powerful sense of the immense historical nature of the occasion. But what I’m mostly feeling — what I think a lot of people are feeling — is an overwhelming sense of relief. I feel like I’ve been holding my breath and gritting my …

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Jan 19 2009

Conspiracies and Unshakeable Faith: What Would Convince You That You Were Wrong? Part 2

What is it about conspiracy theories that’s so problematic? I mean, it’s not as if conspiracies don’t happen. The Mafia is a conspiracy. The Manson murders were a conspiracy. The Sarin attack on the Tokyo subway was a conspiracy. Two people getting together to buy an ounce of weed is a conspiracy. It’s not like …

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Jan 17 2009

Offended: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s about a piece of sexual expression that deeply offended me… and what I intend to do about it. It’s called Offended, and here’s the teaser: He (William F. Buckley) said that a society has the right to decide what it’s offended by… and to …

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