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Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul 21 2012

Update on my Knee Situation

Many of you have very kindly been expressing concern about my recent knee injury. I went to an orthopedist on Thursday, and I thought I’d give you an update on how I’m doing. Diagnosis: They now don’t think it was a dislocation. They now think it’s a torn meniscus. (The meniscus is a disc of …

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Jul 21 2012

“Why Are You Atheists So Angry?” Now In Print!

Why Are You Atheists So Angry? cover

UPDATE: A few people are reporting problems ordering the book through the RDF site. If that happens to you, you can also order it directly from the publisher, Pitchstone. They’ll ship it in early August. The tech problems the RDF site was having have now been resolved. Everyone should now be able to order from …

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Jul 21 2012

Is Religion a Rorschach Test?

Religious texts can be interpreted in an almost infinite variety of ways. What do different religious beliefs tell us about the believers? Talk to a hundred different believers about what God is like, and you’ll get a hundred different answers. Take, as the most familiar example to most Westerners, Christianity. Ask one Christian about what …

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Jul 19 2012

History, My Bum Knee, and Some People I Want to Thank

So what does a trip to the emergency room have to do with the history of science and the fight for social justice? This whole “dislocated knee” thing has sucked, and continues to suck, and will probably suck for a little while longer. (I don’t yet know for how long: I’ll keep you posted.) But …

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Jul 16 2012

Injured list

UPDATE: My appointment with the orthopedist is on Thursday. I’ll hopefully have a better idea then of how long I’m going to be laid up for. ***** Hi, all. I’ll start this by saying that I’m fine, or rather, that I will be fine eventually, and hopefully soon. I dislocated my knee yesterday. It’s now …

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Jul 13 2012

Fashion Friday: Menswear, and Some Thoughts About Gender Roles

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So what about teh menz? I’ve been asked a few times now, by a few different readers, to write about menswear. I wish I had more to say about it: it’s certainly an interesting and fertile topic. But I don’t have a lot of personal experience with this. I’m a woman; my partner of many …

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Jul 13 2012

Hugs, Handshakes, and Codes of Conduct at Conferences

Do codes of conduct at conferences have a chilling effect on ordinary social interaction? In the discussions about sexual harassment and codes of conduct at atheist and skeptical conferences, there’s been a tendency for the conversations to wander off into a micro-analysis of whether people would have to get explicit verbal consent for handshakes and …

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Jul 12 2012

How to Make a Rape Joke, or, Why Lindy West is a Genius

Trigger warning: Discussion of rape, and of the trivialization of rape. I was thinking of weighing in on the whole “rape joke” thing. But Lindy West at Jezebel pretty mush said everything I wanted to say, in her piece, How to Make a Rape Joke. I want to quote practically every other word, but I’ll …

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Jul 12 2012

Atheist Film Festival Tickets Now On Sale!

Atheist Film Festival

Tickets for the fourth annual Atheist Film Festival in San Francisco are now on sale! And if you’re not in San Francisco, and you haz a sad because you want to go… I have some good news for you at the end of this post. The 2012 Atheist Film Festival is being held on Saturday, …

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Jul 11 2012

Street Art: Columbus, Ohio Dreamscape

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When I was in Columbus, Ohio for the Secular Student Alliance conference, I saw this street art mural off of High Street, in or near the Short North (I’m still not sure where exactly the Short North begins). I was really struck by it: I like the cartoony dream-logic of it, and the tone that’s …

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