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Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan 31 2011

Why Is It Hard To Lose Weight?

Most fat people who try to lose weight aren’t successful. Does it make more sense to blame fat people for lacking self- control… or to change public policy about food and health? “Fat people are just lazy. The only reason they’re fat is that they have no self-control, no willpower. If they want to lose …

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Jan 28 2011

“No Strings Attached”: Sexual Convention in Transgression’s Clothes

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Is Hollywood exploring the frontiers of modern sexuality… or simply reinforcing the same old standards? Well, it could have been worse. I suppose. You may have seen the saucy, sexy previews and ads for the super-hyped new movie, “No Strings Attached.” Paramount is clearly pushing this film, not …

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Jan 27 2011

How Often Should You Ask For Something? Parts 1 and 2

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. I never reprinted it here — not for any particular reason, mostly just because I lost interest in the topic after the piece was initially published. But the Blowfish Blog archives are apparently no longer on the Internets, and the original piece is no longer available. …

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Jan 25 2011

Why Is It So Hard To Lose Weight?

Most fat people who try to lose weight aren’t successful. Does it make more sense to blame fat people for lacking self- control… or to change public policy about food and health? You’ve almost certainly heard the chorus of offensive myths and falsehoods about overweight people. Every time I write about weight management and food …

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Jan 23 2011

Greta’s Speaking Tour, Iowa and Ohio, Feb. 7-12

UPDATE: The exact location of the OSU talk on 2/10 has been announced. It’ll be at Hitchcock Hall 131. If you’re in Iowa or Ohio — specifically around Cedar Falls in Iowa, or Dayton, Oxford, or Columbus in Ohio — come hear me speak! I’m going to be doing a speaking tour, February 7-12, at …

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Jan 21 2011

Natalie Portman’s ‘No Strings Attached’ Sex: Is Hollywood Finally Ditching Its Repressive Attitude?

You may have seen the saucy, sexy previews and ads for the super-hyped new movie, “No Strings Attached.” Paramount is clearly pushing this film, not as just another romantic comedy about women hunting for marriage and men succumbing to its sweet inevitability, but as a daring, edgy, ultra-modern exploration of the “new” relationship models: casual, …

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Jan 18 2011

Sex Addiction or Sexual Compulsion?

This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. I wasn’t planning to reprint it here, since after it came out some errors in it were called to my attention (specifically on the neuroscience of addiction). But the Blowfish Blog archives are apparently no longer on the Internets, and the original piece is no longer …

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Jan 17 2011

How This Weight-Loss Skeptic Lost 60 Pounds and Kept it Off

AlterNet has just published a revised, updated version of my “here’s how I’m doing it” piece on weight management, “The Fat-Positive Feminist Skeptical Diet,” which they’ve re-titled How This Weight-Loss Skeptic Lost 60 Pounds and Kept it Off. Here’s how it begins: How, exactly, do you lose weight while maintaining progressive ideals about body image? …

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Jan 16 2011

Can Atheists Do Anything Right?

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Atheists get labeled as offensive and bitter… when we express anger, and when we express hope and morality and meaning. Why is it important for believers to frame atheism as inherently joyless and hostile? Is there anything atheists can say about our atheism — or even just about …

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Jan 12 2011

Brief Blog Break

I’m having a perfect storm of deadlines, social events, and other demands on my time this week, so I’m probably not going to be doing much blogging, if any, for the next few days. Just letting y’all know. Don’t worry, I haven’t disappeared, and I’ll be back soon.

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