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Monthly Archive: January 2013

Jan 31 2013

My Letter to the Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America are soliciting public opinion on their policy of discriminating against gay people. Ideally they shouldn’t have to do this — they should just be able to figure out that this is wrong — but the reality is that we do often calibrate our moral compasses, at least partly, based on …

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Jan 31 2013

Polyamory, Pop Culture, and Propaganda: “Yes, We’re Open”

Yes We're Open poster

So when people making movies/ TV shows etc. are depicting the lives of some misunderstood/ marginalized group that doesn’t get depicted in pop culture very much… what responsibilities do they have? If any? I saw this movie last night, “Yes, We’re Open”: an indie small-budget comedy (available on DVD and download) about a San Francisco …

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Jan 30 2013

Godless Perverts Story Hours in San Francisco — and Kansas! Plus a GPSH Social Hour!

Center for Sex and Culture icon

The last Godless Perverts Story Hour was a thumping success — so we’re doing more! Co-hosted by David Fitzgerald, Chris Hall, and me, we have a new performance event scheduled in San Francisco on April 13! Plus we have a munch/ social gathering on April 17, at Wicked Grounds, San Francisco’s famous kink-themed coffee house. …

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Jan 29 2013

Intersectionality’s The Thing: Andrew Tripp’s Reply

Sparked by his piece on transmisogyny from a little while ago, Andrew Tripp and I have been having a conversation about atheist activism and what its priorities should be, amongst other things. Andrew has posted his reply to my most recent response: Intersectionality’s The Thing: Responding to Greta. If you’re interested in this conversation and …

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Jan 29 2013

Runway Recap: Team Players

Project Runway Season 4 DVD

To my great surprise, I’m willing to give this Project Runway “Teams” thing a chance. When I first started watching Project Runway a few years back, I evangelized about it to anyone who would listen. “No, really!” I’d say. “I know, it’s a reality competition show… but it’s one of the best things on television! …

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Jan 29 2013

Minor regrets

Go table

Question: If you could go back in time and change something from your past — but NOT anything major, something relatively minor — what would it be? I was having a memory the other day that prompted this question. When I was in college, I started learning to play Go. I enjoyed it, but only …

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Jan 27 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Increasingly Desperate and Stupid

Wow. They’re really getting desperate. Headline and subhead from the Los Angeles Times: Gay marriage opponents take unusual tack with Supreme Court Lawyers defending the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop. 8 argue that marriage should be limited to opposite-sex unions because they alone can ‘produce unplanned and unintended offspring.’ Quote: “It is plainly …

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Jan 24 2013

What To Do When Half The Atheosphere Dogpiles On You And Tells You That You Screwed Up

Some of you may remember that Charlie Jane Anders, one of the writers/ editors on io9, wrote a really dumb piece a couple of months ago about how smug atheists need to read more science fiction. If you do, you may also remember that she got reamed up one side and down the other about …

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Jan 24 2013

“Whatever activism gets them excited”: A Reply to Andrew Tripp

American Atheists Times Square billboard

Andrew Tripp and I were having an email conversation about a piece he recently wrote about priorities in the atheist movement, titled Papercuts: Transmisogyny, Western Atheists, and the Meaning of Oppression. We both thought the conversation might be of interest to other people, so we’ve taken it public. Today’s piece is in response to Andrew’s …

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Jan 24 2013

Help Replace Avicenna’s Laptop!

You may know Avicenna at A Million Gods. If not, you should. He joined Freethought Blogs not that long ago, and has quickly become one of our most badass bloggers. (Of course, we’re all pretty badass around here…) He’s been doing amazing writing on rape culture in India, among many many many other things. Anyway. …

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