NSID 2010 - Day 9 by Johnathan Nightingale

Isn’t “Neckbeard” Just a Way to Shame Fat Men?

  I’ve always hated the term “Neckbeard,” because it seems like a really quick and cheap way of saying “fat, nerdy guy” in a way that’s acceptable to people who would otherwise be against body or status shaming. It is definitely not something that you use to describe a thin, popular guy with lots of […]


How is Killing Fluffy Bunnies “Rapey”?

A couple of years back, I wrote a piece called “Why Sex is Not Spiritual” for the SF Weekly arts blog, The Exhibitionist. It’s probably the best piece I ever wrote for them, and one of the best pieces I’ve written on atheism and sex.  It got a lot of comments, many of them outraged […]

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New Goal: Write Shorter Stuff

My latest goal: I’m going to try to force myself to write shorter posts, and to be happy with them. One of my big problems with writing, and writing consistently, is that I feel like everything has to be at least 1,000 words long in order for me to have done my job. And not […]

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Can a Good Scientist Be a Good Whore? (And Other Thoughts About Whorephobia)

Now that the whole situation with Danielle Lee and Biology Online has mostly been settled, I’m getting ready to write up some of the things that bothered me about how the science/skeptic/atheist communities supported Lee. On the one hand, I think that it was great to see the outpouring of support against a wanker who […]

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What Kind of Person Goes to a Sex Worker?

Kitty Stryker answers this question today in a very lovely and touching article at Slixa, based on her experiences taking clients in London. It doesn’t actually tie in with the common stereotype: Working with TLC Trust in London, I found myself encountering a very different sort of client than the media-projected stereotype. I was a […]