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Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 30 2013

How Atheism and Skepticism Can Take On Social Justice Without Mission Drift — Crowdsourcing!

Please note: This post has a somewhat different comment policy than the usual one here. It’s provided at the end of the piece. If the atheist and skeptical movements focus on political and social justice issues, will that constitute mission drift? No. So how, exactly, do we do this? I’ve written about this topic before. …

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Aug 29 2013

State Senator to Constituents: “My Oath of Office Means Jack To Me”

From Salon: State Sen. Jason Rapert, the man behind Arkansas’ ban on abortion at twelve weeks, may have been elected to office to serve the 85,000 constituents in his district, but, he says, he only really serves God. “It’s more important to do what is right by God,” Rapert told an audience at the Faith2Action …

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Aug 29 2013

Sex Work for Introverts: Some Sentimental Thoughts on the Closing of a Peep Show

San Francisco Lusty Lady Theatre

The Lusty Lady — the renowned San Francisco peep show, famed in sex-positive feminist and lefty circles for being the first strip club to unionize, and later the first strip club to become a worker-owned collective — is closing its doors on Monday, September 2. Chris Hall (co-founder and co-organizer of the Godless Perverts) has …

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Aug 28 2013

My Body is the Knife: Skepticism and the Reality of Medical Uncertainty

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This piece was originally published in AlterNet. The cutting edge of science is hard to accept when your body is the knife. “If we don’t know the answer to a question, it’s better to just say, ‘We don’t know.’ And then, of course, investigate and try to find an answer. We shouldn’t jump in with …

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Aug 27 2013

Ilk T-Shirts! (And Tank Tops, Hoodies, Onesies, and More!)

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The commentariat here seems to have named themselves! I’ve been wondering for a while if this was going to happen. PZ at Pharyngula has his Horde, and now I apparently have… the Ilk. (As in, “Jen, Greta, and their ilk.” And yes, I’m more than happy to share a commentariat with Jen.) And there are …

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Aug 26 2013

Angry Atheists and Equality: Greta’s Podcast Interview with “Life, the Universe & Everything Else”

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Podcast time! When I was at the SkepTech conference earlier this year, I gave a podcast interview to Gem Newman of the “Life, the Universe & Everything Else” podcast, hosted by Winnipeg Skeptics. That interview is now up — along with the rest of a very interesting show. In the interview, we discuss angry atheism, …

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Aug 26 2013

Godless Perverts Story Hour August 31 — and Godless Perverts Social Club September 3!

The Godless Perverts have two events coming up soon! Mark your calendars! Join us for another evening of blasphemy and depravity at our next performance event, the Godless Perverts Story Hour, on Saturday, August 31! The Godless Perverts Story Hour is an evening about how to have good sex without having any gods, goddesses, spirits, …

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Aug 22 2013

Secular Meditation: Formal and Everyday Practice

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Is there a difference between a formal, structured practice of mindfulness, and simply practicing it in your everyday life? As I’ve been writing about this secular, evidence-based meditation practice I’ve been doing, some people have been commenting that they don’t do any sort of formal or structured meditation practice… but they do work on being …

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Aug 22 2013

Greta Appearing on “Sex Out Loud” Radio!

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I’m going to be on Tristan Taormino’s radio show, “Sex Out Loud,” on The VoiceAmerica Network. Taormino is an award winning author, speaker, sex educator and filmmaker, and her radio show explores the world of sexuality from every angle. It’ll be a live broadcast this Friday, recorded for later podcast listening — and if you …

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Aug 21 2013

Shorter JT

JT Eberhard has responded to Jen McCreight’s critique of his post on Bria Crutchfield’s critique of a commenter at a Q&A at the recent Great Lakes Atheist Convention. He took 8,208 words to do it in, though. Here’s my summary. Shorter JT: “I wasn’t saying that it’s always bad to express anger about racism. I …

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