Monthly Archive: July 2010

Jul 20 2010

On Trying New Things… And Re-Trying Old Ones

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. I was eating sushi the other day… yes, I promise, this is about sex. I was eating sushi the other day, and it sparked a mini-revelation about trying new things — and about re-trying old things I think I don’t like. And it’s occurring to me …

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Jul 19 2010

What Would Convince This Atheist To Believe?

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Atheists often point out that religious faith is closed off to evidence that contradicts it. What evidence would persuade atheists that their atheism was mistaken? If I’m such an open-minded atheist — if I really am an atheist because I think the God hypothesis is unsupported by the …

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Jul 19 2010

Meme Vacation

I have an unusually action-packed week ahead of me, including my trip to Ohio to the Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference. (At which I’m going to be the keynote speaker. Did I mention that?) So I’m taking a vacation this week from the Atheist Memes of the Day. If you like passing the Memes along, …

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Jul 16 2010

Greta: Keynote Speaker at Secular Student Alliance Conference!

Am looking over my blog, and realizing I somehow forgot to announce this earlier. D’oh! I’m going to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Secular Student Alliance Annual Conference, being held next week in Columbus, Ohio. You heard me right — the freaking keynote speaker. The conference is being held July 23-25, at Ohio …

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Jul 16 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Disagreement Is Not Intolerance

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! Atheists often get called disrespectful, intolerant, or extremist for saying things like, “I don’t agree with you,” “There are flaws in your argument,” or, “What evidence do you have to support …

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Jul 15 2010

How Sexism Hurts Men, Part 2: Why Do I Care?

So why do I care? I devoted last week’s column to a silly pop-culture book, Undateable, which gives straight men snarky- but- sincere advice on how to make themselves attractive — no, strike that, tolerable — to women. I devoted the column to all the ways this book reinforces a rigid, narrow, absurdly unattainable vision …

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Jul 15 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Aren’t Angry At 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! Atheists are not angry at God. Any more than we’re angry at Zeus, unicorns, or the Tooth Fairy. Many atheists are angry about brutality, oppression, and fraud committed in the name …

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Jul 14 2010

Mis-Matched Libidos: Can Mixed Marriages Ever Work?

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. If your partner doesn’t like sex nearly as often as you do — or if they like sex a lot more often than you do — what can you do about it? And when pondering this question, would your first and only answer be, “Break up”? …

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Jul 14 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheists Know What Atheism Is Better Than Believers

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 makes no sense for religious believers to insist that they know what atheism means better than atheists do. If you’re saying “Atheism means X,” and every atheist you talk to …

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Jul 13 2010

Stonewall Uprising

I think it’s important that we remember this: The Gay Pride parades, held last month around the country and around the world, were commemorating a riot. A series of riots, actually, which took place over a series of several days. The Gay Pride parades held every June around the world — the stroller contingents, the …

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