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Category Archive: Television

Sep 29 2010

Greta’s TV Interview on “Ask An Atheist”

My television interview with “Ask an Atheist” is up! “Ask An Atheist” is a local cable access TV show in Seattle, which also broadcasts (and archives its shows) on the Internet. When I was on my Pacific Northwest speaking tour earlier this month, I had the fun and privilege of being interviewed for their show. …

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Sep 24 2010

Don’t Feed the Stars!: Celebrity Bodies and Gossip’s New Schizophrenia

“It’s sort of awful. Yesterday for lunch? Spinach… and some seeds.” “I swear by almost nothing for breakfast. Mugs of hot water!” “The other day I realized as long as I’m in this business, I’m going to be hungry.” “I hate dieting… I’m hungry all the time.” These quotes aren’t from a medical journal. They’re …

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Aug 13 2010

Bad Boys and “Mad Men”: What Do Women Want?

Why do smart, strong, feminist women get hot for rogues and Lotharios, sexy but selfish bad boys who use women and throw them away? The new season of “Mad Men” is upon us: the brilliant, beautiful, painful, inspiring, fascinating TV series on AMC about a New York ad agency in the early 1960s, and the …

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Feb 25 2010

Gay Mafiosi and Group Marriage Monotheists: Sex, “Caprica,” and a Changing World

Well, I wasn’t expecting this. I’ve recently gotten sucked into “Caprica,” the prequel series to “Battlestar Galactica” airing on the SyFy Channel. (Yes, this is about sex — hear me out.) I hadn’t planned to put yet another hour-long drama on my TV schedule, and Loki knows I don’t have time for it; but I …

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Jun 30 2009

Atheists and the Closet: or, Keith Olbermann, Tonight’s Worst Person in the World

If you’re an atheist, and you’re promoting atheists coming out and knowing that they’re not alone — but you, yourself, are not entirely out of the closet about your atheism — does that make you a bad person? Keith Olbermann seems to think so. In his fabled “Worst Person in the World” segment tonight, he …

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Jun 04 2009

“I’m Confused”: Dance Homophobia, Gender Rigidity, and “So You Think You Can Dance”

So what does it mean when people in the dance world — I repeat, the dance world — are shocked and confused at the sight of two men dancing together? Ingrid and I are fans of the TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” Yes, it’s a cheesy reality competition show; but the cheese …

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Feb 15 2009

Rachel Maddow and the Flying Spaghetti Monster

Haven’t seen this on any of the atheist blogs I usually read, and I thought y’all might like to know about it in case you missed it: Rachel Maddow gave a nice big shoutout to the Flying Spaghetti Monster on her show on Darwin Day. A whole little story, even. The first half of this …

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Jan 17 2009

Offended: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s about a piece of sexual expression that deeply offended me… and what I intend to do about it. It’s called Offended, and here’s the teaser: He (William F. Buckley) said that a society has the right to decide what it’s offended by… and to …

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Oct 30 2008

Hurricane Katrina, or What Government Is For

This is a rerun of a piece I wrote about two years ago. I’m repeating it because now, in this Presidential election, it seems particularly pertinent. So I’m watching When the Levees Broke, the Spike Lee HBO documentary on Hurricane Katrina (which you all absolutely have to see, by the way), and what with that …

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Oct 28 2008

On Watching…

Please note: This piece discusses my personal sexuality — specifically, my personal tastes in erotica — in quite a bit of detail. Family members and others who don’t want to read that stuff are advised to skip this one. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. On Watching the Same Ten-Second TV Spank …

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