Monthly Archive: November 2010

Nov 30 2010

Greta’s Pics for Skepticon Calendar 2012

Wanna see some atheist dirty pictures? When I was at Skepticon 3 earlier this month, I got to do a photo shoot for the 2012 Skepticon pin-up calendar. I prepared for the shoot for weeks; I agonized over what to wear and what props to bring; I even bought a new Dark Garden corset and …

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Nov 29 2010

Happily Single, Happily Married

An edited version of this piece was originally published on AlterNet. This is the complete, unedited version. How long should you wait after a relationship ends to get involved with someone new? And is that even the right question to be asking? I write a lot about the hazards of making decisions about sex and …

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Nov 26 2010

Why Religious Believers Are So Desperate for the Atheist Seal of Approval

“But surely you don’t mean my religion!” If you hang around the online atheist world long enough, you’ll notice an interesting pattern. Many religious and spiritual believers who engage with atheists seem very intent on getting atheists’ approval for their beliefs. Typically, these believers acknowledge that many religions are profoundly troubling. They share atheists’ revulsion …

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Nov 18 2010

Greta Speaking at Skepticon 3, Nov. 19-21 – and Brief Blog Break

One last reminder: I’m going to be speaking at Skepticon — the totally awesome, free- of- charge atheism/ skepticism conference — this weekend, November 19-21 in Springfield, Missouri. I’ll be speaking on Saturday, November 20, at 10:30 am, on Atheism and Sexuality. (“The sexual morality of traditional religion tends to be based, not on solid …

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Nov 17 2010

The Fat Positive Feminist Skeptical Diet, Phase 2, Part 2: How Do You Know When Enough Is Enough?

This is Part 2 of a two-part post. In yesterday’s piece, I talked about the process of switching from weight loss to weight maintenance… including the strange attraction of the process of losing weight, and the challenges of letting go of that process and embracing lifelong weight management. Today, I talk about how you even …

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Nov 16 2010

The Fat Positive Feminist Skeptical Diet, Phase 2: Switching from Loss to Maintenance

I’m done. I am officially done losing weight. I’ve reached my target weight. Or, to be more accurate: I have reached the bottom of my target weight range. Or, to be even more accurate than that: I have made a final decision as to what my target weight range should even be (something I wasn’t …

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Nov 15 2010

Why Being Single Can Be Great for You — And Your Future Relationships

In American culture, it’s generally assumed that everybody wants to be married, or to be in a long-term relationship. It’s assumed that everybody should be hitched up, and that everybody would be better off that way. Oh, sure, if you’ve just broken up with someone, it’s considered prudent to take a break between relationships. But …

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Nov 12 2010

Why Atheists Are Better Prepared for Death Than Believers

I write a lot about atheist philosophies of death. I’ve written about how loss, including death, is necessary for life and change to be possible. I’ve written about death as a natural, physical process, one that connects us intimately with nature and the universe. I’ve written about the idea of death as a deadline, something …

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Nov 12 2010

The Vows

Five years ago today… * VOWS First part: Celebrant prompts and brides repeat sentence by sentence: I, Greta/Ingrid, take you, Ingrid/Greta, to be my partner for life. I take you into my family, and take your family as my own. I promise to love you, honor you, and treasure you. I promise to trust you, …

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Nov 11 2010

Penitence as a Perpetual Motion Machine

Warning: This is not a nice story. This story contains extensive sexual content — what with it being porn and all — and is not to be read by readers who are under 18, or who do not want to read adult material. In addition, this story contains content that some people may find disturbing, …

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