Quickies: Saving atheism, poverty appropriation, and dance your PhD

  • We can save atheism from the New Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris – “Dawkins and Harris are still, by far and away, the most recognisable frontmen for the New Atheist show. So how did a movement ostensibly full of progressives end up so identified with writers who sound less and less like incarnations of pure reason and more and more like your Islamophobic uncle after he chugs his sixth pint?” From Veronica.
  • Tori Lux: James Deen assaulted me, too – “On Saturday, the adult actress, writer, and model Stoya accused her former scene partner/boyfriend James Deen, who’s been labeled porn’s “boy next door,” of rape” and now Tori Lux tells her story, too. From Mary.
  • The troubling trendiness of poverty appropriation – “From dumpster diving to trailer-themed bars to haute cuisine in the form of poor-household staples, it’s become trendy for those with money to appropriate the poverty lifestyle—and it troubles me for one simple reason. Choice.”
  • This year’s winners of the “Dance Your PhD” contest – “Science and interpretive dance met once again this year, as PhD students around the world took to the stage to bring their research to vivid life in the annual Dance Your PhD contest.”
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Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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