Monthly Archive: June 2010

Jun 17 2010

How Often Should You Ask For Something? Part 2: The Specifics

When it comes to asking for what we want in bed, how do we draw the line between asking and pressuring? In last week’s column, I wrote about a letter to Scarleteen, the sex advice Website for (primarily) teens and young adults. In this letter, a 17-year-old girl complained about her boyfriend who said he …

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Jun 17 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Religion Has No Right to Special Respect

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! Religion has no right to special respect. It is entirely fair to criticize religion, question it, point out its flaws, ask it to support itself with evidence, and mock it when …

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Jun 16 2010

New Fishnet Story: “War Games”

“Under Stalin,” Sergei gritted out as he put his shoulders under the spray again, “I would have had you flogged.” “Oh, I am sure of it,” Cherevkin said, amusement coloring his tone. “In fact, I don’t doubt you would have insisted on seeing to it personally. And liked it.” Sergei’s head snapped up. “Watch yourself, …

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Jun 16 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Disagreement /= Superiority

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! It’s possible to disagree with people without thinking you’re smarter or better than they are. And that includes disagreements about religion. Most atheists don’t think we’re better than religious believers: we …

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Jun 15 2010

Sex Writers, Drooling Horndogs, and the Suspectability of Male Sexuality

Please note: This piece includes a couple of passing references to my personal sexuality. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that, use your judgment on this one. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. Why is the “sex writer” field so dominated by women? I’ve been thinking about this …

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Jun 15 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Religions Don’t All Teach the Same Basic Message

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! It is simply not the case that all religions are essentially the same, and teach the same basic message of tolerance and love. Many religions have very specific teachings that completely …

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Jun 14 2010

Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Liberals and conservatives don’t just disagree about specific issues — we disagree about core ethical values. Can a case be made that liberal values really are better? You may have heard about this. It’s been in the news and the blogosphere, and has been making the rounds at the nerdier water coolers and cocktail parties. …

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Jun 14 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Unlikely /= Designed

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “Life and the Universe are extraordinarily unlikely” is a terrible argument for God. Lots of wildly unlikely things happen that are not intentionally caused or designed. If you roll a die …

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Jun 11 2010

How Often Should You Ask For Something?

If you’ve asked for something sexual, and your partner has said “No” — or “No, not now, maybe some other time” — is it okay to ask again? And if so… how often? I was inspired to write this by a letter to Scarleteen, the sex advice Website for (primarily) teens and young adults. A …

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Jun 11 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: The Unexplained /= Evidence for God

Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy! “We don’t understand everything about the universe” is a terrible argument for God. Of course there is much about the universe that’s unexplained. How does that imply that any one explanation …

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