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Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 28 2013

Greta Speaking in Colorado, Wisconsin, and South Carolina! – UPDATED

UPDATED: The time, location, and topic of the Colorado State University event at Fort Collins has been announced! It’s on Thursday, March 7 at 7:00 pm, in A103 in Clark Hall on the CSU campus, on the topic “Coming Out Atheist: How To Do It, How to Help Each Other Do It, And Why?” Free …

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Feb 28 2013

Why “God Believes in Love” is a Lousy Argument for Same Sex Marriage

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This piece was originally published on AlterNet. Even if God did exist, we have no way of telling what he wants. Therefore, “what God wants” is a terrible basis for making law and public policy. How do we convince religious believers to accept same-sex marriage? The opposition to LGBT rights in general, and to same-sex …

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Feb 26 2013

Crowdsourcing a BDSM/ Kink Resource Guide

I’m in the final stages of putting together my collection of erotic fiction — currently titled “Bending, and Other Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, and More” — and I could use some help. I want to include a short resource guide at the end of the book, listing books, websites, forums, and …

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Feb 26 2013

Comedy Does Not Win a Free Pass: Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars

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I am sick to death of the idea that “it’s just comedy” somehow gives you a free pass when you’re saying things that are racist and sexist. And I am sick to death of the idea that any transgression of social norms — no matter what those norms are, or why they exist — automatically …

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Feb 25 2013

Runway Recap: Sizing It Up

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If you’re going to design clothes for a bigger woman, you need to use a bigger dress form. And you need to showcase them on bigger models. Period. I mostly liked this episode. I think the “teams” concept is working out well, way the hell better than I’d expected. I was worried that when the …

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Feb 21 2013

Priorities, When Depressed and When Not: Grief/ Cancer/ Depression Diary, 2/21/13

So there’s this thing that’s making it harder to manage my grief over my dad, and my recovery from cancer surgery, and menopause landing on me all at once like a sixteen-ton-weight, and what can only be described as mild PTSD from having all of these things happening within less than a month of each …

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Feb 20 2013

Compassion for the Religious

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“These people bring it on themselves.” “Their hijinks should be held up as an example.” “We can’t be soft on these people.” These are some of the reactions I got when I posted a piece of news on my Facebook page and wrote my commentary about it. The piece of news: someone got stuck in …

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Feb 19 2013

Welcome Eric MacDonald at Choice in Dying to Freethought Blogs!

Eric MacDonald at Choice in Dying has just joined the Freethought Blogs network! Here’s his bio: Eric MacDonald, a Canadian schooled in India, has been variously, a sailor in the Royal Canadian Navy, a high school teacher, a university lecturer in philosophy, and an Anglican Priest. He was married to Elizabeth Lawrence, his one true …

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Feb 19 2013

Runway Recap: What a Difference a Day Makes

Project Runway Season 11 Episode 4 Samantha

Damn. Day-um. This season of Project Runway is like a rollercoaster. Last week’s episode had me kvetching about how it was a perfect example of everything that’s gone wrong with the show. This week’s episode was a perfect example of everything I love about the show: what makes it fun, what makes it compelling, what …

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Feb 15 2013

On Monogamy and Non-Monogamy As a Continuum

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Are monogamy and non-monogamy an either/or choice? Or is it more of a continuum? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about monogamy and non-monogamy: mostly because of a recent post I wrote about it, and the subsequent comment conversation about that post. And I had an idea I wanted to toss out there. It’s probably …

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