Monthly Archive: June 2009

Jun 18 2009


I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, raised by liberal, politically- active, borderline- hippie parents. (Borderline- beatnik might be more accurate.) So growing up, I heard the word “reactionary” thrown around a lot. And I never really understood it. I got that the word meant “very conservative” or “hard right wing” — but apart …

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Jun 16 2009

What Does It Mean to Want Sex?

Please note: This piece doesn’t discuss my personal sex life in lurid detail, but it does discuss it. Family members and others who don’t want to read that, please don’t. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. What does it mean to “want” sex? There was a letter to the Perv Panel advice …

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Jun 15 2009

A Skeptic’s View of Love

What does it mean to have a skeptical view of love? I don’t mean having a cynical attitude about love. (Funny how the words “skepticism” and “cynicism” get conflated.) I mean taking a skeptical, materialist, entirely non-woo view of life — and applying it to how we think about love. The other day, Ingrid showed …

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Jun 11 2009

“The cultural tethers of organized religion”: Interview with Black Atheist Sikivu Hutchinson

What is it like to be a black atheist? Obviously, I wouldn’t know. But via Friendly Atheist, I recently read a piece by Sikivu Hutchinson for the L.A. Watts Times, titled ‘Out of the Closet’ — Black Atheists. (A must-read, by the way.) Her piece focused on one side of this question — being an …

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Jun 10 2009

Is It Okay to Mock Marginalized Religion?

Is it ever okay to mock a marginalized religion, or the religion of a marginalized culture? When I posted my recent photo gallery of Strange Religious Imagery In My Neighborhood, I was taken to task for being culturally insensitive. Commenter Raul, who apparently lives in the neighborhood (or at least is very familiar with it), …

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Jun 09 2009

My Very First Orgy, and What I Learned There

Please note: This piece discusses my personal sex life and my sexual history in quite a bit of detail. Family members and others who don’t want to read that, please, absolutely, do not read this one. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. My Very First Orgy, and What I Learned There I …

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Jun 08 2009

Dream diary, 6/8/09: The Facebook survival kit

I dreamed that when you joined Facebook, they gave you a medical kit to help you survive in case of natural or man-made disaster. When I picked up mine, I thought I’d have to show some sort of proof that I’d joined Facebook, but it turned out to be pretty much on the honor system. …

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Jun 08 2009

Strange Religious Imagery In My Neighborhood

Ever since I became an atheist, I’ve been increasingly conscious, not just of how unsupported religion is, but of how deeply strange so much of it is. You know how religions that you’re familiar with seem relatively normal, but religions that you’re unfamiliar with often seem deeply bizarre, even surreal? Along with a lot of …

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Jun 07 2009

I’m on Facebook!

I have finally been dragged into the 21st century, and am on Facebook. Friend me!

Jun 06 2009

Tantric Orgasms and Sacred Sex: New Age Spirituality in the Sex Community

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog — and it’s another one that both my atheist readers and my sex readers are going to want to check out. It’s about the prevalence of New Age spirituality in the sex- positive community… and why, exactly, I think that’s so common. It’s titled Tantric …

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