When Seven Year Olds Talk About God

Two weeks into school and my daughter has already had another layer of innocence scrubbed away. I worry she has donned a layer of protection in its place. Vulnerability leads to some of the greatest gifts of human existence, but it is not always rewarded thusly....more

The Importance of Internet Access for All

"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." -Winston ChurchillWho are you? What makes you, you?Depending on who you consult, the answer varies.Are you:what you eat?what you wear?what you know?what you say?your thoughts?your actions?the face you show the world?what other people think you are?what you think you are?what you love?who you love?...more
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It's a Boy! Unbiased Information About Circumcision

There is a skeleton in the back of my skeptic closet. A gnarly thing, decrepit and long dead. It lived when my daughter was but a babe. During that time, I came across a storm of information about how harmful vaccines could be. ...more
In addition to a similar online search, I asked my family doctor, my OBGYN (who performs ...more

My Love/Hate Relationship With '50 Shades of Grey'

I'm about to admit something that I'm not entirely sure is smart to admit: I like erotica....more
This is so right on!  I have dabbled in the BDSM lifestyle, and I completely agree with you that ...more

Hobby Lobby Should Have Lost

I'm pissed. I'm not calm. I'm not relaxed. My arguments are reasoned, my points are true, but I am incensed and there's going to be sarcasm ahead....more

I Remind Myself Everyday That My Body Belongs to Me

I clearly remember the first time I realized that my body was being viewed sexually by my male peers. I was in middle school. I had hardly entered my teen years and I never walked out of my front door freely again....more
laurie Slowly, but surely I hope to see change. You have to be willing to deal with a lot of ...more

Currency is a Trap

I do not believe in capitalism. Not only that, I don't believe in money.I hate money.I am sick of money.What is money anyway?Little pieces of paper and metal that have value.Why are they valuable? Because we say so.That's it. That's all.We agree it means something, so it does - a shared delusion.There is no inherent wealth in a $1 bill, not even in a $100 bill. It doesn't matter if it is the Queen's face or my own, a stamp on a bill is meaningless.A sparkly diamond can go for hundreds of millions of dollars, but the bottle of water that keeps us alive? A few quarters.Our priorities are screwed up.I'm not saying water should be expensive or diamonds should be cheap, I'm saying nothing should have a price tag on it.“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”–PlutarchWhy do citizens revolt? Either because they can't walk the streets safely or they can't put food on their table. That's it.That's the purpose of government. To provide safety and security. That's what civilization is. When those two needs are corrupted, revolution is certain.We all live on this planet. We all need its resources. We all need care and sustenance. But even in one of the most revered countries in the world, this happens:"Inequality is as dear to the American heart as liberty itself."-William Dean HowellsWhy does this happen? How did we let this become the norm? How did we disillusion ourselves so much?We speak of American Dreams and trickle-down economies. We listen to tirades against the "economically disadvantaged" in which they are called lazy and stupid and unwilling and unmotivated and deserving of their lot in life.We ignore generations of racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and ableism. We ignore the pitfalls of capitalism and the way it always leads income inequality. We call corporations 'people' and watch those that struggle suffocate and call the billionaires "too big to fail".We don't ignore our materialism, we applaud it:We are told that the rich need the "incentive" of more money for them to create jobs. We are told that the poor need the "incintive" of less money so that they will pull themselves up by their bootstraps. And then we believe it.When someone does battle their way to the top of the ladder, they believe they deserve it more than anyone else. That think they worked harder, that they are inherently better. Even if they cheated.We become convinced that those seeking help are a bunch of couch potatoes commiting fraud, no matter what the evidence shows.We don't share. We don't consider. We don't empathize.We slap on a price tag.I hate money. It is a vile thing....more

When a Jehovah's Witness Grows Up to Be an Atheist

After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation —a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety....more
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'Cosmos' vs Creationism

Cosmos: A Personal Voyage first aired on PBS in 1980. The thirteen part series inspired a generation of children and reeducated the public about science, as well as the universe and our place in it. The host, Carl Sagan, became the American face of popular science and remains one of the most beloved and recognizable scientists of our time....more

How Ageism Kills the Youth Vote

Ageism is alive and well. It's one of those isms that isn't often talked about unless you are currently within its grasp. Like disease, it plagues those most venerable among us - the young and the old....more