Going to be in a risque calendar.

Secular Woman is putting together a risque calendar that will contain a good amount of skeptical people, including some of the popular people in the movement at present.  The list is on their Indiegogo site and includes Shelley Segal, Darrel Ray, Beth Presswood from the Godless Bitches podcast, Todd Stiefel, James Croft, and August Brunsman.

And now it also includes myself and Christina Stephens, who contributes to this blog.  We’re flattered Bridget would ask.

I am motivated to do this for two reasons.  The first is because I recently had a chat with Bridget who shares many of my concerns and goals, which made me feel excited to help the organization for which she works.

The second is because I remember when I did the risque photoshoots with Christina (which will be the ones that appear in this calendar) how good they were for me.  As a recovering anorexic, taking those pictures was extremely difficult, but it was worth it.  This is what flooded into my mind when Bridget asked me to be in this calendar.  It will be scary, but ultimately I think it will be good for me.

I think the human body is beautiful.  After those pictures, there were times when I thought mine was as well.  After years of coming to loathe reflective surfaces but being unable to resist looking at them, that feeling was like breathing oxygen for the first time.  I suspect that participating in this project will allow me to recapture that sensation.  At least, that’s the hope.


About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Baal

    I know I’m happier when I run around naked.

  • http://reasonableconversation.wordpress.com Kaoru Negisa

    And you’re always saying prayers don’t get answered %)

    Seriously, that’s really great that you feel comfortable enough to do this. I can’t imagine what it’s like to deal with anorexia, outside of extrapolations from you posts, but it takes a lot of courage to agree to something like this and you should be very proud of yourself.

  • IslandBrewer

    Wait, you’re going to share a calendar with Reap Paden, Angry Atheist, the frothing-mouthed PZ hater and anti-A+ advocate?

    • http://www.SecularWoman.org Bridget Gaudette

      I will be honest here. I invited Reap to be in the calendar. He was one of Secular Woman’s first supporters and our values. Our values (on our webpage from day 1) espouse many of, if not most of the social justice values A+ seeks to address.

      He was the first to interview us. I am not aware of him hating PZ or his feelings on A+. PZ was also an early supporter of ours and the we of him.

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd JT Eberhard

    Didn’t even notice that guy.
    I guess so. Of course, I’m doing it to support Secular Woman and for the personal reasons I listed above. I don’t condone most of what Paden has said, and I don’t think being asked to be part of the same project as him should suggest otherwise.

    However, if his inclusion is offensive to women, I’d shoot Secular Woman an email and voice your opinion to them, since he’s likely there by their invitation.

    • IslandBrewer

      I don’t know if he’s offensive to women per se. I’ve only come to know him as one of PZ, Jen and Ophelia’s detractors. Like many of the skeptical/anti-A+ group, I think there was some part of the whole “skepticism should include feminism” message that triggered a pre-programmed burst of inane comments on his part. Outside of his insertion into that debate, I don’t ever actually read anything by him.

  • http://www.SecularWoman.org Bridget Gaudette

    JT, thanks for being involved and thanks for writing this.

  • fwtbc

    For me, it wasn’t Reap that set alarm bells ringing, it was Emery Emery.

    Emery: Is Stephanie one of the people who’s been outspoken against TAM? Is that one of the problems we’re dealing with?

    Wendell: Stephanie has been outspoken against what she believes is not having the harassment handled properly.

    Emery: Then I might ignore her fucking request too, Wendell. In fact, I might ignore it publicly.

    Wendell: Then you’re going to make the situation worse if you do that.

    Emery: Well, people like that can suck my fucking cock! It’s bullshit!

    Yeah. What a fucking winner.

    [From transcript @ http://freethoughtblogs.com/almostdiamonds/2012/06/16/the-great-penis-debate-transcript-part-iii/ ]

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wwjtd JT Eberhard

      Send this along to Secular Woman. They should know these things.

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