ActivismFeminismSkepticism

Responsibility…s?

I was recently at a party that included people primarily involved in the atheist movement in some way. Over the course of the night, a discussion arose about Elevatorgate, sexual harassment policies, and everything else that all the females in the atheist community are sick of having to explain. The …

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ActivismFeminismPoliticsSkepticism

Can We Reclaim The Movement?

If you’re a regular reader on the Skepchick network, you’ve likely heard about the kerfluffle over on FreethoughtBlogs involving Thunderf00t. If not, here’s a basic rundown from Greta Christina. Thunderf00t has sparked a lot of controversy with his actions, but what I found perhaps the most interesting response to his …

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Activism

Burning Out on Activism

This summer, I nearly gave up. I threw the towel in–always carry a towel–curled up in bed, cried a lot, complained and ranted, and alternately avoided the internet and watched it with morbid curiosity. I came very close to burning out on activism. I wrote a very raw and personal …

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Religion and Spirituality

Theism/Atheism – A False Dichotomy?

I don’t want to cause any contention with this post but I have a little bone to pick with the theism/atheism discussion, in particular a certain belief that the terms are black and white, that there is no in between, even to the point of some advocates of this position …

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FeminismSkepticism

Skepticism and Sex

As I was trolling the internets looking for feministy and skepticy things to read, I ran across an article by Karenx from More Women in Skepticism that suggested that the skeptic movement should be more open to all kinds of feminists (and women), not just sex positive feminists. At first glance, this …

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Alternative MedicineReligion and Spirituality

An Ex-Christian Testimonial (Making Fun of Ex-Gay Conversion)

I have a tendency to be all serious about activism. A lot of the issues we discuss here on the blog are politically intense and sometimes publicly controversial. However, sometimes we need to take a break from the gravity of it all and have a laugh. Ex-gay conversion therapy is …

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ActivismMental HealthReligion and SpiritualitySkepticism

Mental Illness and Skepticism

Mental illness is pervasive in the US and across the world today. In the US alone, nearly 50% of adults have a mental illness in their lifetime. Skepticism and atheism are ways of understanding our world, and we try to be responsible and compassionate human beings. As such, mental health …

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Religion and Spirituality

Atheist spirituality: does it exist?

I’ve always heard people say, “I’m not religious, but I am spiritual.” For years I puzzled over what this meant. In some instances, “spirituality” seemed full of woo–and I associated it with Reiki, homeopathy, Tarot readings, and people who take yoga way too seriously. In other cases, the people who …

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