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Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 22 2013

What Does Religion Bring to the Table? Katha Pollitt’s Talk at Women in Secularism 2

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Note: The Women in Secularism 2 was kind of a weird rollercoaster. The highs — and it was overwhelmingly highs — were very high indeed; the lows were seriously low, and of a variety that seeped poison into the highs and made them harder to appreciate. Many other people have been writing about some of …

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May 22 2013

If You Have Something To Say, Say It To the CFI Board

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If you have something to say about Ron Lindsay’s insulting and contemptuous talk at the Women in Secularism 2 conference, and/or about his insulting and contemptuous follow-up post responding to the controversy… say it to the CFI Board of Directors. Don’t just say it on Twitter, or on Facebook, or on blog comments, or even …

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May 21 2013

“People want to matter more than they want to live”: Rebecca Goldstein’s Talk at Women in Secularism 2

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Note: The Women in Secularism 2 was kind of a weird rollercoaster. The highs — and it was overwhelmingly highs — were very high indeed; the lows were seriously low, and of a variety that seeped poison into the highs and made them harder to appreciate. Many other people have been writing about some of …

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May 21 2013

Help the VIctims of the Oklahoma Tornado: Foundation Beyond Belief

The Humanist Crisis Response program of the Foundation Beyond Belief is taking donations to help victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Your donations will be directed to Operation USA and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Please help if you can. Thanks.

May 19 2013

#mencallmethings: “fucking ugly. Kill yourself.”

Comment from Kali Dali, in the discussion on the post Some Thoughts on Secular Meditation and Depression/Anxiety: goddamn you are fucking ugly. Kill yourself. #mencallmethings A few notes: 1: Who the hell tells someone to kill themselves… as a comment on a post about clinical depression? 2: In the context of this weekend’s Women in …

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May 17 2013

Some Thoughts on Secular Meditation and Depression/Anxiety

(This is part of a series on mindfulness based stress reduction: a secular, evidence-based meditation practice that I’ve recently started.) Note to self: This works. It has been a bad, bad couple of days. I don’t want to get into a lot of details… but it hasn’t been good. My depression, which has largely been …

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May 16 2013

Godless Perverts Social Meetup Now A Regular Thing! Next One This Tuesday 5/21!

Reminder: The Godless Perverts Social Meetup is now a regular thing! And the next one is this Tuesday! Join us every third Tuesday of the month at Wicked Grounds, San Francisco’s renowned BDSM-themed coffee house, for an evening of conversation and socializing. Community is one of the reasons we started Godless Perverts. There are few …

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May 16 2013

“She loved being bent over”: Excerpt from “Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More”

Excerpt from “Bending,” the erotic novella that’s the foundation of “Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.” Now for sale on Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords! Content note: Kinky sex. ***** She loved being bent over. More than any fiddling that might precede it, more than any fumbling sex act that might …

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May 15 2013

“Mad Men,” and How Kink Gets Used as a Marker of Evil — or Damage

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I want to talk about “Mad Men.” I want to talk about how kinky sex and sadomasochism get used in pop culture as narrative markers to show, either how evil a character is, or how damaged a character is. And I want to beseech the producers of pop culture to please, please, knock it the …

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May 15 2013

9 Questions That Atheists Might Find Insulting (And the Answers)

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Some questions make atheists feel second-class — and make you look like a jerk for asking them. Asked of Hispanic-Americans: “Are you in this country legally?” Asked of gays and lesbians and bisexuals: “How do you have sex?” Asked of trans people: “Have you had the surgery?” Asked of African-Americans: “Can I touch your hair?” …

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