Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 30 2011

Atheists in the Pride Parade: Some Thoughts on Churlishness and Integrity

How can atheists be civil and friendly with religious believers — particularly believers who are actively representing their beliefs — while maintaining our integrity about our atheism? Last Sunday, I marched with the atheist contingent in the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade (hosted by San Francisco Atheists, East Bay Atheists, and Atheist Advocates of San …

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Jun 29 2011

Save the Students!

“For just a dollar a day, you can help guarantee these students’ spiritual emptiness for years to come.” Hi-larious — excuse me, heartbreaking, poignant, deeply touching — video from the Secular Student Alliance, riffing off the “You can save little Sheila, or you can turn the page” motif. Hear all about the desperately needy secular …

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Jun 28 2011

Wealthy, Handsome, Strong, and with Endless Hard-Ons: Is Masculinity Impossible?

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. The cultural ideal of masculinity isn’t just narrow and rigid — it’s literally unattainable. What can men do about it? If you’re familiar with feminism — whether you’re for it or against it — you’ve almost certainly heard feminist rants about cultural ideals of femininity. You’ve heard how …

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Jun 24 2011

Sex, Love, Revenge … and Atheism? Finally, a Big New Film That Shows Non-Belief in a Positive Light

“The Ledge” is smart, riveting, complex, emotionally engaging, visually gorgeous… and best of all, almost entirely unpredictable. A young man walks toward the ledge of a tall building. He is clearly filled with trepidation and even terror; at the same time, he has an equally clear air of purpose and resolve. That resolve: To jump. …

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Jun 23 2011

Upcomng Events: Atheists at SF Pride Parade, and Greta speaking at TAM and SSA Conference

Hi, all! I’m going to be at some upcoming events that I thought you might want to know about. I’m marching with the atheist contingent in this Sunday’s LGBT Pride Parade in San Francisco. I’m going to be speaking at The Amazing Meeting — along with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Carol Tavris, Adam Savage, …

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Jun 21 2011

Wealthy, Handsome, Strong, and with Endless Hard-Ons: The Impossible Ideals Men Are Expected to Meet

American ideas about “real men” are contradictory and impossible to live up to. So stop trying! You’ve almost certainly heard feminist rants about impossible cultural ideals of femininity: how standards of femininity are so narrow and rigid they’re literally unattainable; how, to avoid being seen as unfeminine, women are expected to navigate an increasingly narrow …

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Jun 20 2011

Grief Beyond Belief: A Faith-Free Support Network Launches on Facebook

How can atheists and other non-believers deal with the reality of grief in our lives? And how can we help one another deal with that reality? We talk a lot in the atheist movement about making atheism a safe place to land for people who are leaving religion. We talk a lot about how religion …

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Jun 17 2011

10 Scariest States to Be an Atheist

This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Let’s be clear. It’s not like it’s easy to be an atheist anywhere in the U.S. Atheists are the most distrusted and disliked of all minority groups — more than Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, and gays and lesbians — and polls show that Americans are less likely …

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Jun 16 2011

“I was kind of an aimless teenager”: Greta’s Interview with Teen Skepchick

There’s a cool interview with me on Teen Skepchick! We talk about boys, clothes, makeup, Justin Bieber… no, no, no. Totally kidding. I’ve just always wanted to be interviewed by Teen Something magazine, and I’m letting my imagination run away with me. We talk about shifting identities, connections between skepticism and sexuality, career paths or …

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Jun 14 2011

The People I’ve Slept With

This piece was originally published on CarnalNation. The movie is now available on DVD. A young woman is talking to her newborn baby. “I love sex,” she says. “And some people thought it was a bad thing. But I’ve learned that a slut is just a woman with the morals of a man.” Sudden, screeching …

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