I’ll be back. Eventually.

You may have noticed that I haven’t written much in the past few months. Unfortunately, this semester is perhaps the busiest I’ve ever been, and I simply didn’t have time for this blog. I put off doing this for about a month, as soon as I realized it was a problem, to see if my situation would change, but now I don’t believe it will. So this blog is officially going on hiatus for the rest of 2014.

If, for some reason, you’re interested in my thoughts about things, you can still friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, where I write about things more frequently than I do here (which is to say, at all).

Thanks for sticking with me this far, and I hope you’ll be here when I come back.


Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: Anti-Anti-Theism Edition


Who defines atheism? Atheism isn’t very well represented by loud, angry anti-theists, and we need a better voice.

Do They Care about Women, or Simply Bashing Religion? Many atheists seem quick to condemn religions for misogyny while engaging in it themselves.

Our 10 Commandments of Faitheism. A few obvious premises about religion and atheism.

Debunking the “Islam is not a Race” Argument. When people say, “Islam is not a race” they are ignoring the massive racial history behind their arguments.

Prejudice doesn’t look beyond anecdotes, but we should. We need to stop pretending that outlying examples of unethical behavior by religious people is a condemnation of the religion.

When Your Atheism Is Really about Attacking Minorities. Sometimes criticism of religion is nothing more than thinly disguised racism.

The Wall of Silence Around Michael Shermer. For some reason, many atheist leaders are completely refusing to even discuss Shermer’s behavior.

College Students Wage Campaign to Kick Teach for America Off of Campus. TfA has a number of problematic qualities that it should fix if it hopes to continue recruiting college students.

Cops Seize Car When Told To Get A Warrant, Tell Owner That’s What He Gets For ‘Exercising His Rights’. And this week’s obligatory example of police abuse comes from my own state.

US Veterans Send Fox News An Open Letter About ‘Boobs On The Ground’ Joke. A very well written letter that puts sexist Fox pundits in their place.

Republicans’ New Black Friend Is Either A Stock Photo Or Is Having A Very Interesting Day. If Republicans wanted to demonstrate that actual black people agree with them, they could have used one of them in their commercial.

Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: Atheist Infighting Edition


Atheism and Islam. [TW: Racism, Advocating Violence] Many atheists have a problem with stereotyping Muslims.

Sound and fury. Apparently criticizing Ayaan Hirsi Ali at any time for any reason is enough to become a target of smears and harassment.

Religion and the causes of terror. Terrorism isn’t caused by Islam, it has political roots, and we can’t pretend it doesn’t without ignoring all the available evidence.

Who Gets a Platform on the College Campus? A discussion of the pros and cons of allowing controversial speakers on a college campus.

Will Misogyny Bring Down The Atheist Movement? [TW: Rape, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Sexism] An exposé of some of the worst of the women-haters within organized atheism.

Richard Dawkins has lost it: ignorant sexism gives atheists a bad name. [TW: Sexism] And here’s a focus on Dawkins specifically, and why people should stop taking him seriously.

Do We Have to Worry About Someone Actually Killing or Raping a Feminist Activist? [TW: Violence, Sexism, Misogyny] This is a really interesting interview with David Futrelle, author of We Hunted The Mammoth, about the violence faced by feminists online.

Building a Christian home inside atheism. There are plenty of good things about Christianity, and they don’t all need to be left behind when leaving the faith.

Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: #GamerGate Edition


Why We Didn’t Want to Talk About “GamerGate”. A pretty good review of the inanity that is GamerGate.

The Real Quinnspiracy. Proof that the entirety of GamerGate was fabricated by people trying to harass women out of gaming.

Gamer’s Revanche. [TW: Misogyny, Harassment] A look at the motivations behind misogynist gamers involved in GamerGate.

What atheists like Bill Maher have in common with medieval Christian crusaders. Instead of looking at political issues to explain violence in the Middle East, Maher, Dawkins, Harris, and other atheists like them are quick to blame Islam for everything.

If Only American Kids Could Eat School Lunches Like They Do in France. Is there anything America doesn’t suck at?

Our Place in the Universe: Welcome to Laniakea. We’ve added a new line to our cosmic address.

District suspends ‘dangerous’ teacher for writing scifi novel about school shooting in 2902. Apparently writing fiction is illegal in America now.

Know Me Where It Hurts: Sex, Kink, and Cerebral Palsy. [TW: Ableism] I like this. This is good.

Columbia Student Will Carry a Mattress Everywhere Until Her Alleged Rapist Is Expelled. [TW: Rape] This person is my hero.

Human Rights Lawyer Arrested For Standing On NYC Sidewalk Waiting For Kids To Use Bathroom. [TW: Racism] The human rights lawyer in question is a POC. But tell me that cops aren’t racist.

Jessica Williams Shuts Down News Commentator Who Thinks Catcalling is Great. Yeah, catcalling isn’t great.

Lindy West is Leaving Jezebel, but She Still Hates Rape. An excellent interview with the ever amazing Lindy West.

Cleverly Named Bunch o’ Links: Potpourri Edition


Wow this is late. Sorry about that.

Trolls drive Anita Sarkeesian out of her house to prove misogyny doesn’t exist. Congratulations, trolls. You’ve successfully proved her point.

Notes On An Eating Disorder. [TW: Eating Disorders] This piece is excellent. I highly suggest you read it.

Jon Stewart shreds Fox News for having ‘no f*cking idea’ how to discuss Ferguson. Is it really any surprise that rich white men with no concept of racism can’t discuss Ferguson?

Are Anti-Rape Devices the Best We Can Do? We shouldn’t be holding victims accountable for preventing their own rapes.

6 Ways to Have a Better Conversation about Mental Illness. [TW: Mental Illness, Ableism] We need to be better about talking about suicide and mental illness.

The Master’s Pools. Our priorities as a society are skewed if we spend billions to kill people, but have to fundraise to cure disease.

Flowchart: Should You Catcall Her? Here’s a handy way to tell whether you should ever catcall someone.

Fuck you, Lego. Lego finally sells miniatures of female scientists. For about a week.

The 46-year-old sex toy Hitachi won’t talk about. An interesting history of the Hitachi Magic Wand.

The One Word Men Never See in Their Performance Reviews. [TW: Sexism] Here’s numbers that show, once again, that women are discriminated against in the workplace.

Teen Convinces Her High School To Drop Abstinence-Only Education Class. This happened in Canada though, so don’t get too excited.

Being a Cop is Really Not That Dangerous. Turns out policing isn’t as dangerous as the police would have you believe.