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Challenge Accepted: Non-Theistic Explanations for Sacrifice

Challenge Accepted: Non-Theistic Explanations for Sacrifice

Over at THE WEEK a few days ago, Damon Linker wrote an article titled “Why atheism doesn’t have the upper hand over religion.” In this article, Linker claims to have dealt a coup de grâce to atheism: “The fact is that there are specific human experiences that atheism in any form simply cannot explain or account for. One of those experiences is radical sacrifice—and the feelings it elicits in... »

Queereka Looking for Writers!

Queereka Looking for Writers!

Queereka is looking for more writers! The gig requires with some commitment and provides zero monetary pay, but what it lacks in dollar bills it makes up for with friendship and love! So what are we looking for? At a minimum, applicants should self-identify as queer (by which we mean any non-normative sex, gender, or sexuality) and be knowledgeable about skepticism and feminism. We are particularl... »

In Defense of Sister Sites

In Defense of Sister Sites

  In the comments section of Sarah’s recent call for writers for a new sister site for people with disabilities, a few commenters raised concerns that sister sites are counterproductive because they are “exclusionary” and “segregative” and “separate but equal.” As the admin for the only sister site (so far) for a marginalized group on Skepchick, I have to vehemently disagree with this sentime... »

Looking for Writers!

Looking for Writers!

<RuPaul>Hello, hello, hello!</RuPaul> It’s that time again! A few of the sister sites on the Skepchick Network are looking for writers. Interested? All gigs at Skepchick are voluntary and provide no monetary compensation, but you will be paid in thanks and hugs and friendship! And maybe rainbows and unicorns! All positions require small time commitments that vary by position. See... »

Queereka Podcast Episode 5

Queereka Podcast Episode 5

The fifth episode is up! You can listen to the episode here. You can also find us on iTunes or use the RSS feed here: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/podcast-rss.php?id=1127 In this episode you will hear Benny discuss gratitude and Thanksgiving from the perspective of a skeptic and atheist, as well as things he is grateful for in the queer rights world and his own life. Music for Queereka Pod... »

Is Sexual Orientation a Biological Sex Trait?

Is Sexual Orientation a Biological Sex Trait?

In a recent article on Neurologica, Steven Novella made the following claim: Biologically there are three aspects of sex – primary sexual characteristics (genitalia and reproductive organs) secondary sexual characteristics (distribution of hair and body fat), and sexual orientation. This is a claim I have encountered before, so I want to take this opportunity to debunk the notion that sexual orien... »

Another Sex/Gender Controversy

Another Sex/Gender Controversy

In a recent blog post, Gia Milinovich responds to some of the heat she’s received for a panel she chaired for SohoSkeptics on gender. Though I don’t doubt Gia is well intentioned, her post is unfortunately filled to the brim with many misconceptions about gender stemming from what appears to be an adherence to a biological essentialist understanding of sex/gender. This post is meant to bring atten... »

Queereka Podcast Episode 2

Queereka Podcast Episode 2

Cross-posted from Queereka. Thanks to Benny for the hard work getting the podcast up and running! The second episode is up! You can listen to the episode here. You can also find us on iTunes or use the RSS feed here: http://www.podcastgarden.com/podcast/podcast-rss.php?id=1127 In this episode you will hear coming out stories from 4 people. Spacey tells us about coming out as an Atheist, Julia tell... »

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