Monthly Archive: September 2010

Sep 30 2010

Why Get Married?

When you get into debates and discussions about same-sex marriage, there’s an opinion you’ll almost certainly hear if you wait long enough: “Why should anyone get married? “Why,” the argument goes, “should the state be involved in people’s private romantic and sexual relationships? Why should personal commitments be a public matter, something people throw big …

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Sep 30 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Atheist Activism Is Not A Waste of Time

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! Attempts to persuade people out of religion are not a waste of time. Rates of atheism are going up at an astonishing rate, all over the U.S. and around the world. …

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Sep 29 2010

Greta’s TV Interview on “Ask An Atheist”

My television interview with “Ask an Atheist” is up! “Ask An Atheist” is a local cable access TV show in Seattle, which also broadcasts (and archives its shows) on the Internet. When I was on my Pacific Northwest speaking tour earlier this month, I had the fun and privilege of being interviewed for their show. …

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Sep 29 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Believers Should Understand Cognitive Errors

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! If you care whether the things you believe are true — including religious or spiritual beliefs — you should understand cognitive errors and biases that commonly lead the human mind to …

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Sep 28 2010

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

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. So why do I care? I devoted yesterday’s post 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 …

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Sep 28 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Modern Theology is Bunk

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! “You haven’t studied modern theology” is a terrible argument against atheism. Many atheists have studied modern theology… and found it very much wanting. It either dresses up the same old bad …

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Sep 27 2010

How Sexism Hurts Men: “Undateable”

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. If you were to read a book, written by men, giving straight women advice on how to turn themselves into acceptable romantic partners – a book consistently advising women to adhere to a rigid, narrow window of traditional gender roles if they hope to find and …

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Sep 27 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Intuition Is Not Good Evidence

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! “I feel it in my heart” is not a good argument for God. Intuition is valuable, but it’s deeply flawed, and when it comes to figuring out what is and isn’t …

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Sep 24 2010

Don’t Feed the Stars!: Celebrity Bodies and Gossip’s New Schizophrenia

“It’s sort of awful. Yesterday for lunch? Spinach… and some seeds.” “I swear by almost nothing for breakfast. Mugs of hot water!” “The other day I realized as long as I’m in this business, I’m going to be hungry.” “I hate dieting… I’m hungry all the time.” These quotes aren’t from a medical journal. They’re …

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Sep 20 2010

Greta Reading at Perverts Put Out, Sat. 9/25

If you’re going to be in SF this weekend, come hear me read! I’m going to be doing a reading this Saturday, Sept. 25, at Perverts Put Out, the legendary series of local Bay Area sex writers and performers. On the eve of the Folsom Street Fair, Perverts Put Out! takes kinky spoken word to …

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