Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun 24 2013

Greta Christina in the Trollop Salon!

Alison Tyler: Do you need a certain mindset or tools or other to enable you to get into your writing, and if so, what? Greta Christina: Tools, for damn sure. I am very attached to writing on my own laptop. It would feel weird to write on anything else. As for mindset: It definitely helps …

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Jun 23 2013

Apologies Are Hard: Stephanie Zvan

I urge everyone who cares about the Ron Lindsay/ CFI thing to read Stephanie Zvan’s piece about it. It has some actual facts and information that may help you make a decision about how to respond, as well as some very good analysis. Here’s a brief excerpt to give you an idea of where she’s …

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Jun 23 2013

Processing… (UPDATED)

UPDATE: Here is a link to Lindsay’s apology. Sorry for the terseness of this. I’m writing this on my phone, the guest Internet at the dorm where I’m staying for the SSA conference for some reason shuts off between midnight and 7 AM. But I wanted to get something up about this now. Yes, I’ve …

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Jun 21 2013

Someone else’s story

I want to talk about fantasy and issues around consent. This blog touches on both of these things. Everything in it is consensual, but if discussions around this upset you or make you uncomfortable, you might prefer not to read it. Consent is utterly fundamental when you’re having sex. It’s so fundamental, so important, that …

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Jun 20 2013

Secular Meditation: “This is my job”

computer keyboard with hands

“This is my job.” I have a few quasi-mantras that I sometimes use when I meditate. They’re not mantras, exactly: they’re not words or ideas that I’m making the focus of my meditation. They’re more like reminders, ways to pull my focus back to whatever it is that I am working to focus on. “I …

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Jun 19 2013

Why Atheists Say “God” When They Have Sex, by Heina

Once upon a time, a veiled girl grew into a decidedly bare-headed young woman. As criticisms based on sexual pleasure were usually levied against, rather than by, the religious, she paid attention when religious folk criticized atheism in that way. Namely, certain theists claimed that without taboo, sex couldn’t possibly be as much fun. If …

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Jun 19 2013

Skepticon No Longer Accepting CFI Sponsorship

Skepticon, the awesome annual ENTIRELY FREE skeptic/freethinker/atheist conference in Springfield, Missouri, has just announced that they’re no longer accepting sponsorship from CFI. Dear Internet, We here at Skepticon HQ love our movement. We love that we don’t always agree, are wicked smart and have a penchant for awesome hats. Skepticon has always worked hard to …

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Jun 18 2013

Extended Excerpt from “This Week”

His first blow is a real one. Not extreme, but she knows right away that she’s being spanked. He waits, and delivers another blow, exactly the same. And then he begins to spank her in earnest. The spanking is slow, she can feel it each time his hand strikes her bottom. She begins to squirm; …

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Jun 17 2013

An Open Letter to the Center for Inquiry, Withdrawing My Participation and Support

MORE RECENT UPDATE: Ron Lindsay has apologized for his remarks. I have accepted his apology, and have indicated my willingness to work with CFI again. (UPDATE: In my original letter, I neglected to ask to be removed from the CFI Speakers’ Bureau. I have now done so.) Dear CFI Board of Directors: It pains me …

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Jun 17 2013

Parsing the Center For Inquiry’s Non-Statement about Ron Lindsay and the Women in Secularism 2 Conference

UPDATE: Ron Lindsay has apologized for his remarks. I have accepted his apology. Parsing the Center For Inquiry’s Non-Statement about Ron Lindsay and the Women in Secularism 2 Conference So CFI has issued a statement, in response to the controversy over Ron Lindsay’s opening remarks at the recent Women in Secularism 2 conference. No. Correct …

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