The Art of Social Protest

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Protest is an art form: a way of bringing to the surface structural inequality and injustice so that people can glimpse, if only for a moment, the invisible cage which constantly imprisons oppressed people. Artful protests reveal inequalities in surprising and provocative ways while remaining non-violent and invitational, inspiring people to think and act differently rather [Read More...]

De/Humanization

My first real job was in prisons. As a teenager at university I became a volunteer for the London Shakespeare Workout Prison Project, a charity which performs Shakespeare workshops, and sometimes whole productions, inside correctional facilities (whether it is still running I don’t know – I haven’t heard anything about it in a long time). [Read More...]

How to Check Your Privilege in 5 Excruciating Steps

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Recently, I changed my mind. Challenged over my uncritical reposting of a secular argument against abortion, I was forced to examine my assumptions, reflect on my identity, and consider how my actions might look from a different vantage point – in other words, I “checked my privilege”. The exhortation to “check your privilege” is common in [Read More...]

Nobody Expects the Atheist Inquisition!

More than meets the eye...

We atheists can be a scrappy bunch. We like to argue, to dissect ideas, to question language. So when I posted the following, as an ecstatic Facebook update during a night of wild dancing, I expected perhaps a few raised eyebrows at my choice of language, given that my Facebook friends list is filled with [Read More...]

Dan Savage: I’m Not One to Judge

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I like Dan Savage. I like him a lot. I think his podcast is extremely funny, his writing  witty and deft, and I think the It Gets Better Project – despite its problems – was a stroke of genius. When he speaks to people during his podcast, or during a live show, there is so often the [Read More...]

Sort of Like “Camp Quest” for Grownups – Adventures in Humanist Community!

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Edit: I’ve been asked to make clear that the reference to “Camp Quest” in the title of this post was metaphorical – this retreat is sponsored by the American Humanist Association and the American Ethical Union, not Camp Quest. Ever wanted to spend a week in a mountain lodge, ziplining and hiking in-between rousing discussions of freethought, Humanism, [Read More...]

I.D.I.C., Find Out What it Means to Me: A Trekkie’s Search for Self Love

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Since Star Trek: Into Darkness  is launching this week,  I thought I’d repost this article I wrote for In Our Words, a Queer collective Blog. It’s not appropriate for kids! They told me not to visit the Eagle.  They were wrong. *** Wednesday night in Vegas. The small string of gay bars – the “Fruit [Read More...]


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