Monthly Archive: March 2009

Mar 17 2009

Sex, Moods, and a Wife’s Selfless Duty: And We Are in What Century Again?

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. The fascinating thing is this. There’s this…. thing on the Internet. A pair of columns by conservative writer/ radio host Dennis Prager, exhorting wives who aren’t in the mood for sex with their husbands to suck it up and do it anyway, pretty much whenever he …

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Mar 17 2009

Blog Carnivals!

Blog carnivals! Carnival of the Godless #112 is up at State of Protest. Skeptic’s Circle #107 is up at The Skeptic’s Field Guide. And Carnival of the Liberals #86 is up at The Greenbelt. Happy reading!

Mar 16 2009

Against Deism

I suppose it’s a little silly to spend an entire blog post arguing against deism. After all, of all the religious beliefs out there, it’s the one that’s most consistent with the evidence. And it’s almost certainly the one that does the least harm. In fact, deism pretty much is atheism — except for the …

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Mar 14 2009

Home Carbonation, and Contrary Human Nature

Have you ever wanted to do something that you basically couldn’t care less about, just because someone told you that you couldn’t? Ingrid and I just signed up for this Soda Club thing: a “make your own sparkling water” gizmo with replaceable CO2 cartridges. A keen idea, and one we’re very excited about: we drink …

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Mar 14 2009

Dream diary, 3/14/09: Violet and Rorschach

I dreamed that the markings on our cat Violet were moving around on her face like Rorschach from Watchmen.

Mar 13 2009

You Got Religion In My Porn! The Blowfish Blog

Please note: This piece, and the piece it links to, includes references to my personal sexuality: not to my sex life per se, but to my sexual fantasies and my tastes in porn. Family members and other who don’t want to read about that, please don’t. I have a new piece up on the Blowfish …

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Mar 12 2009

Free Will, Doing Good, and the “12 Policemen” Metaphor

There’s a common Christian apologetic: a defense for why a god who’s supposedly all- powerful, all- knowing, and all- good still allows evil to flourish. You’re probably familiar with it. It says that in order to have free will, people have to be free to choose evil… and free will is an inherently greater good …

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Mar 10 2009

Right of Refusal

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. So when do you have the right to absolutely refuse a certain kind of sex to your partner? There was a letter to Dan Savage that got me thinking about this. A woman who’s a rape survivor has a boyfriend who wants to act out a …

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Mar 09 2009

On Mortgages and Morality

There’s this meme going around among right-wing Republicans; most vocally in the now-famous Rick Santelli rant, but I’ve been seeing it for a little while now. It has to do with the mortgage crisis and the bailouts. And it goes something like this: “Why should you pay for your neighbor’s mortgage? Why should you pay …

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Mar 06 2009

The Erotic Fiction Anthology: A Victim of its Own Success: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s about the strange nostalgia I have for the days of my youth when erotic fiction anthologies were few and far between, instead of numerous and widely available like they are today. It’s called The Erotic Fiction Anthology: A Victim of its Own Success, and …

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