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Monthly Archive: May 2009

May 29 2009

Special Rights, Not Equal Rights

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s a different take on the recent ruling upholding the Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage in California. It’s about how the court ruling essentially gives me and Ingrid and about 18,000 same-sex couples in California “special rights”… and what a strange, icky feeling that …

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May 29 2009

Blog Carnivals!

Blog carnivals! Humanist Symposium #37, at She Who Chatters. Carnival of the Godless #117, at State of Protest. Carnival of the Liberals #91, at Crowded Head, Cozy Bed. (And because I missed it, Carnival of the Liberals #90, at Quiche Moraine.) Skeptic’s Circle #111, at Action Skeptics. (And because I missed it last time, Skeptic’s …

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May 28 2009

Is It Okay to Mock Religion?

Is it okay to mock religion? And if so, is it ever not okay to mock religion? I got an interesting question from Ola the other day. She asked: I have a question for you that arose in one of my disputes with a religious person, and it really bothers me. The question is about …

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May 27 2009

Good In Bed

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. What does it mean to be “good in bed”? This phrase, “good in bed,” has been stuck in my head lately. It’s a phrase I’ve thought about a lot over the years. And I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t like it. I should get …

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May 27 2009

Sex, Culture and Religion with Greta Christina: My Interview with Weird Things

I’ve just done what I think is a very cool interview with Greg Fish of the Weird Things blog (a blog devoted to “exploring science, the strange and the unknown”). Greg read my Skeptic’s View of Sexual Transcendence piece on the Blowfish Blog, and asked to interview me about the intersection of sex and religion. …

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May 26 2009

The Prop 8 Ruling: Discrimination as a Constitutional Principle

Today, the California Supreme Court allowed discrimination to be written into the state Constitution. Today, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that changed the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. I’m not just upset about this for my own personal reasons. I’m not just upset because I’m a woman in love …

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May 22 2009

Money Changes Everything: “The Girlfriend Experience”

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s a review of the new Steven Soderbergh movie about prostitution, “The Girlfriend Experience.” The piece is titled Money Changes Everything: “The Girlfriend Experience”, and here’s the teaser: I’ll admit I was skeptical. Even biased. When I heard about “The Girlfriend Experience,” a movie about …

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May 21 2009

The “Inappropriate Disclosure Song” Game, and Continued Blog Break

My health problems are mostly cleared up — thanks to everyone for the kind thoughts! But now I’m going out of town to visit friends for the holiday weekend. I’ll try to blog when I’m away, but I can’t promise anything: this blasted blog break may have to go on a couple/few more days. (Driving …

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May 19 2009

Brief Blog Semi-Break/ Shameless Self- Promotion Opportunity

Hi, all. I’m taking an unscheduled break from the blog for a few days. I’m dealing with some health issues: nothing to worry about, nothing life- threatening or anything like that, but I’m in a fair amount of discomfort and my energy and attention span are both very low. I should be okay in a …

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May 15 2009

Abstinence, Birth Control, and the Difference between Theory and Practice

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s about the idea that abstinence is a 100% effective method of birth control… and what, exactly, is wrong with that idea. It’s titled Abstinence, Birth Control, and the Difference between Theory and Practice, and here’s the teaser: So how effective — really — is …

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