Monthly Archive: March 2009

Mar 31 2009

Eleven Myths and Truths About Atheists

A different version of this piece was published on AlterNet. This is the slightly longer, full-length version. For space reasons, I had to keep the original list limited to 10. This list goes to 11. Maybe you’ve read it. 10 Myths — and 10 Truths — About Atheism. Sam Harris’s famous op-ed piece for the …

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Mar 30 2009


It’s been a while since I’ve done a food post, and since I recently revived this recipe and put it back into my rotation, I thought I’d share it with the rest of the class. Frittatas are, IMO, one of the great unsung food items. They’re easy, they’re quick, they’re portable, and they’re massively versatile. …

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Mar 27 2009

Is All Porn the Same? The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s a defense of porn against the criticism that it’s an inherently tedious, cookie- cutter art form; that because there aren’t that many ways for people to have sex, porn is automatically going to be repetitive. It’s titled, Is All Porn the Same?, and here’s …

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Mar 27 2009

Blog Carnivals!

Blog carnivals! Humanist Symposium #34, at Atheist Revolution. Carnival of the Godless #113, at Daylight Atheism. Carnival of the Liberals #87, at Blue Gal. Philosopher’s Carnival #88 at Kenny Pearce. Skeptic’s Circle #108 at PodBlack Cat (with audio- visual aids, no less!) And last but not least, a newish carnival on a fascinating and richly …

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Mar 26 2009

Trying To Get People To Think

If you’ve been on the Internets for more than ten seconds, you’ve probably heard someone in a discussion or debate say this: “I’m just trying to get people to think.” It’s such an innocuous- sounding phrase. I mean, if you’re in a discussion or debate, presumably you’re there because you want to think. You want …

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Mar 25 2009

Sex — The Great Exception

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. Why should sex always be the exception? From laws about free speech to social rules about polite conversation… why is sex the exception? Yesterday, in a piece about censorship and the controversial Robert Mapplethorpe art exhibit, I talked about how William F. Buckley was offended by …

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Mar 24 2009


This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. Does a society have the right to protect itself from being offended? The other day, we were watching “Dirty Pictures,” a made- for- TV movie made in 2000 about the Robert Mapplethorpe censorship case in Cincinnati. For those who might be too young to remember: Robert …

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Mar 23 2009

Perpetrators and Victims: Religion and “Marjoe”

So when it comes to the harm done by religion, who are the perpetrators, and who are the victims? Ingrid and I were watching the movie “Marjoe” the other day. Fascinating movie, and an absolute must-see for anyone interested in religion. It’s a documentary about an revivalist preacher, Marjoe Gortner, who had been a celebrated …

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Mar 21 2009

Good In Bed: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog — about the phrase, and the concept, “good in bed”: what it means, what it implies, what it says about how we view sex, and so on. It’s called, strangely enough, Good In Bed, and here’s the teaser: What does it mean to be “good …

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Mar 18 2009

The Sex Meditation Commune at 7 A.M.

Please note: This piece discusses my personal sexuality and sex life. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that stuff, please don’t read this. So blog reader sav was kind enough to send me this article, which she thought — rightly so — I would find fascinating. It’s a piece in the …

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