Monthly Archive: August 2009

Aug 18 2009

New FIshnet Story: “The Truth Hurts”

Fishnet has a new story up! The online erotic fiction magazine I’m editing, Fishnet, has a new story up for you to enjoy. It’s titled The Truth Hurts, by Mark Pritchard, and here’s the teaser: Kenny stood rapt for a few minutes, watching Tiffany get it on both ends. It was only when Con pulled …

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Aug 16 2009

Humanist Symposium #41

Hello, and welcome to the Humanist Symposium #41! I originally had all sorts of plans to come up with some brilliantly witty theme for the Symposium. But due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, you’re going to have to settle for the “I Just Got Back From Netroots Nation Half An Hour Ago After Four Days …

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Aug 14 2009

“God Doesn’t Have to Mean Religion”: Accomodationism and the “Church and State” Panel at Netroots Nation

Is it okay that there’s language about God in the U.S. government… since the word “God” doesn’t have to be religious? As you may have heard on other atheist blogs (or on my own Facebook page — if you haven’t already, friend me!), there was a panel at Netroots Nation today, A New Progressive Vision …

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Aug 14 2009

Nom, Nom, Nom: Susie Bright’s “Bitten”

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s a review of Susie Bright’s new anthology, “Bitten: Dark Erotic Stories.” And like most of my porn reviews, it’s also a dissertation on what makes good porn good… and why it works even when the erotic buttons it’s pushing aren’t yours. It’s titled Nom, …

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Aug 12 2009

Netroots Nation/ Brief Blog Break/ Shameless Self-Promotion Op

I’m leaving tomorrow — today, I guess, technically — to go to the Netroots Nation lefty political bloggers’ conference. I’ll blog while I’m there if I can — it’d be a little silly to go to a bloggers’ conference and not blog — but I’ll probably be pretty busy, and I may not be able …

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Aug 11 2009

An Open Letter to the Fat-Positive Movement

Dear Fat-Positive Movement: Here is a fat-positive manifesto I could live with. We need to make major changes in how our society views weight, fatness, and fat people. Our society has an excessively narrow definition of what constitutes an acceptable body type, and it’s a definition that is unattainable for the overwhelming majority of people. …

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Aug 10 2009

The Ethics Of Public Sex

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s one of those pieces where the title is pretty self-explanatory: it’s called The Ethics Of Public Sex, and here’s the teaser: Is public sex ethical? My initial reaction to the question I myself am posing is that public sex is at least borderline unethical. …

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Aug 06 2009

Abstinence, Birth Control, And The Difference Between Theory And Practice

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. So how effective — really — is abstinence as a birth control method? Bristol Palin, Sarah Palin’s famously “unmarried and pregnant at 17 and an unmarried mother at 18″ daughter, went on a tour of the TV talk shows earlier this year, advocating — in an …

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Aug 04 2009

“But Is That It?” Religion, Death, and the Argument from Wishful Thinking

If there’s no soul, no God, and no afterlife… then doesn’t that kind of suck? Isn’t it better to believe that death isn’t the end, and that there’s a greater purpose in life than just life itself? I got an email recently from Allan of New Zealand, who writes: Hi Greta. Read your site, Comforting …

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Aug 04 2009

Dream diary, 8/4/09: The singing alarm clock

I dreamed that when my alarm clock went off, instead of making a series of buzzes, it sang. Specifically, it sang about food, making suggestions about what I might eat that day. If I got up right away, it gave me a broad range of suggestions in its song; but every time I hit the …

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