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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 31 2012

#mencallmethings: “ugly, buck toothed lesbian”

Comment from Snardiff, in the discussion on the post Do We Concede the Ground of Death Too Easily?: “You are a cretinous, ugly, buck toothed lesbian. Why would anyone listen to you?” #mencallmethings Not sure I have too much to add to this one. It pretty much speaks for itself. Apparently, the only reason a …

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May 31 2012

Just When You Think They Couldn’t Sink Any Lower…

In yesterday’s New York Times: In Milwaukee Post, Cardinal Authorized Paying Abusers. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York authorized payments of as much as $20,000 to sexually abusive priests as an incentive for them to agree to dismissal from the priesthood when he was the archbishop of Milwaukee. Jesus. Fictional. Christ. I think I’m …

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May 31 2012

Do We Concede the Ground of Death Too Easily?

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This piece was originally published in Free Inquiry magazine. “Sure, atheism may have better arguments and evidence. But religion is always to going to win on the death question. A secular philosophy of death will never comfort people the way religion does.” I’ve heard this idea more times than I can count. And here’s the …

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May 30 2012

‘Hysteria’: What the New Movie About the Fascinating History of the Vibrator Leaves Out

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A romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Set in Victorian England. With references to feminism, socialism, class privilege, phone sex, prostitution, harm reduction, science, evidence-based medicine, and steampunk. What could be bad? A fair amount, unfortunately. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed “Hysteria” quite a bit. I found it funny (generally), charming (usually), …

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May 30 2012

Coming Out Atheist — I Need Your Stories and Advice

I’m writing a new book — a how-to guide about coming out atheist. And I need your stories, and your advice. IMPORTANT: Please read this entire post before commenting! I’m looking for somewhat specific kinds of stories, with somewhat specific kinds of information. So please don’t just scroll to the comments and pour out your …

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May 29 2012

Mad Men, Sex Work, and the Ownership and Freedom of Women: “The Other Woman”

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Spoiler alert: This piece has spoilers about the most recent episode of “Mad Men.” If that’s not okay with you, don’t read it. What made this last “Mad Men” episode so upsetting? Ingrid won’t watch “Mad Men.” She watched the first bunch of episodes with me, but then she dropped out: she found it too …

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May 23 2012

#mencallmethings: “ugly,” “mental illness”

Comment from Andy, replying to a post about sexual harassment at atheist conferences: “I suspect it’s only ugly women who complain of the environment they find themselves in. It is simply a marker of your typical feminists mental illness.” #mencallmethings I just want to point out something Jen McCreight said on Twitter (@jennifurret): “I like …

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May 23 2012

Which Do You Think Is the Bigger Problem?

In these ongoing discussions about what is and is not appropriate flirtatious/ sexual behavior at atheist conferences, there’s an idea that’s been floated. It’s the idea that many women are trained by our culture to “play hard to get,” and act uninterested even if they’re not — since they’re trained that seeming too eager or …

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May 22 2012

Men Behaving Badly at Atheist Conferences

I’ve just gotten back from the Women in Secularism conference, which was made almost entirely of awesome, and was one of the best conferences I’ve been to. I’ll soon post a recap of the conference highlights. But right now, I want to point you to some posts about one of the main topics of conversation …

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May 21 2012

Why Atheism Demands Social Justice

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This piece was originally published in Free Inquiry magazine. I’m going to go out on a limb here. Being an atheist demands that we work for social justice. A lot of atheists will argue with this. They’ll say that atheism means one thing, and one thing only: the lack of belief in any god. And …

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