Some Questions for the Secular Policy Institute

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Some of you may have read the recent statement from the Secular Policy Institute, criticizing/ condemning/ disassociating from/ it’s not clear what exactly but in some way saying something bad about PZ Myers. For the record: PZ is a colleague and friend, and as far as I can recall I’ve never met or worked with Michael Nugent, but I care almost not at all about the conflict between them. I do, however, care about the issues underlying that conflict, including the issue of how we should or should not talk about sexual assault. And I care about how some individuals and organizations — including the SPI — are responding to this conflict, since their responses have implications that reach beyond this particular dispute.

At the end of their statement, the Secular Policy Institute asked, “What are your thoughts?” Since the SPI invited me to join their organization not that long ago — an invitation I declined — I thought they might want to hear my thoughts. Here are some of them.

The secular movement has a problem, in that some of our foremost leaders get media attention by causing controversy.

Can you please specify who, exactly, you’re talking about — and can you give examples of the behavior you object to?

See, in my experience, words like “controversy,” “infighting,” “bashing,” and “discord” are very subjective. As I’ve written before: When we disagree with someone or think the point they’re arguing is trivial, we tend to call their arguments “infighting,” “bashing,” “discord,” “strident,” and “creating controversy”; when we agree with someone or think the point they’re arguing is important, we’re more likely to call their arguments something like “constructive debate.” If you don’t specify the people you’re talking about, and cite examples of the behavior you’re criticizing, it makes it difficult to have a discussion about the behavior in question, or to decide whether we agree with your characterization of it. Your readers will likely assume that your accusations apply to whoever and whatever they happen to not like.

So, specifically: Does the “problem” of atheist leaders “getting media attention by causing controversy” include Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Peter Boghossian, or any other fellows in your institute known for making controversial statements, both about religion and about other atheists? Also, does it include Michael Nugent, who in recent months has written 32 blog posts, totaling 75,000 words, criticizing PZ Myers? If not — why not? How do you decide which controversies are acceptable and which are not — and who gets to make that decision? Continue reading “Some Questions for the Secular Policy Institute”

Some Questions for the Secular Policy Institute
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“Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More” Now Out in Print!

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My book of erotic fiction, Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More, is now out in physical print!

The print edition is available through Powell’s Books.

The print edition is also available at Amazon. However, be advised (if you haven’t been already) that seriously abusive labor practices have been reported at Amazon warehouses. Please bear that in mind when you’re deciding where to buy my book — or indeed, where to buy anything. (For the records: Powell’s employees are unionized.) FYI, that’s the link for Amazon US — it’s available in other regions as well.

You can also buy the print edition at your local bookstore. If they don’t currently carry it, you can special order it. (Bookstores can get it from standard wholesalers; wholesale info is below.) Support your local bookstore!

The print edition is $15.95 USD. It is published by Pitchstone Publishing.

Bookstores and other retailers can get the book from Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Independent Publishers Group, and other standard wholesale distributors. It can also be purchased directly from the publisher, Pitchstone Publishing.

Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More is also available in ebook and audiobook. The Kindle edition is available on Amazon. (That’s the link for Amazon US, btw — it’s available in other regions as well.) The Nook edition is also available at Barnes & Noble, and on Smashwords in multiple formats, including Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, and others.

The audiobook is available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. And yes, I did the audiobook recording myself!

Here is the description of the book, and some wonderfully flattering blurbs.

*****

These are not nice stories.

They’re filthy. They’re fearless. Some are even funny.

Greta Christina’s erotic stories are written to get you hard and wet — and to change the ways you think about sex. Be forewarned — stuff happens here that’s borderline consensual. Or not at all consensual. These are dirty, kinky stories about shame, about pain, helplessness and danger, reckless behavior and bad, bad ideas….

A baby dyke is manipulated into fetish porn by her beautiful, self-absorbed porn-star lover.

A good Christian wife follows her duty to obey, even as her husband’s sexual demands become bizarre.

A student, hungry for punishment, seeks it from a professor who should know better.

A woman with a dedicated fetish finds a lover who meets her more than halfway.

And then there’s the one about the unicorn and the rainbow…

Raw, exciting, joyful, intensely believable, Greta’s stories are written with a fierce respect for erotic fiction — and for sex itself.

“Located at some far vanishing point of sex and language, Greta Christina’s wildly hot and masterfully written stories make you rethink what you supposed you already knew — about command and consent, fantasy, belief, and that whole body-mind thing. The payoff is pleasure; the price of the ticket is to leave a few certainties at the door.”
– Molly Weatherfield, author of “Carrie’s Story” and “Safe Word”

“If books are sex, this one is a sticky, urgent alleyway fuck that you carry in your limbs forever.”
– Adele Haze, BDSM model and writer

“One of the most exciting things about fantasies is that they let us explore and get turned on by things we might not want to actually do in real life. And sometimes, we get turned on by things that we might not even want to admit to thinking about. But that doesn’t mean that those fantasies aren’t hot! In Bending, Greta Christina shares stories that’ll get you excited, bring a blush to your cheeks, make you laugh, and even make you stop and wonder why you’re enjoying them so much. It’s full of twists and surprises, hot sex, raunchy details, and lots of edges. Will you like all of the stories? Probably not. But the ones you do enjoy will quickly become favorites that you’ll come back to, again and again. So if you like to play on the edge, or if you simply get turned on thinking about it, pick up a copy of Bending and discover just how far sexy goes.”
– Charlie Glickman, Ph.D., sexuality educator, author of “The Ultimate Guide to Prostate Pleasure”

“Greta Christina makes me want to live in one of her stories — actually, most of her stories! Not because of the smoking hot sex, kink and power exchange alone, but because her characters are bold, brazen and willing to go to any length to live out their fantasies. Bending is a must read for anyone with an erotic imagination — or who wants to develop one.”
– Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor, “Orgasmic” and “Cheeky Spanking Stories”

“I have just one word for Greta Christina’s erotic writing: Wise. What I mean by wise is, you won’t want to pick it up at all if you don’t want to know something deep, thoughtful, surprising, maybe troubling, and certainly inspiring about sex. (Sex, and spanking.)

“Well, actually, on second thought, I do have a few more relevant words: Completely freakin’ knowingly and on purpose filthy dirty pervy.

“In a wise, deeply wise, way.

“There. That about covers it. So if you want to know more, a lot more about sex: Read Greta’s book. Money in the bank.”
– Carol Queen, PhD, cultural sexologist and author, “The Leather Daddy and the Femme”

“Bending is excellently written — and it’s not the usual one-dimensional porn I’ve encountered on the internet (you know what I mean: the ‘Tab A goes into Slot B’ kind of porn that reads like an Ikea manual, with lube). It’s the kind of porn that explores what people are actually thinking and feeling, and it’s stronger for it.”
-PZ Myers, Pharyngula

“When I want the best erotica in the world, give me Greta Christina. Her new stories go where other writers dare not tread — and I love her for it. Greta gives me throbbing clitoral erections and huge orgasms every time. Gracias Greta! I’m going to reread a story right now!”
– Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., sex worker artist turned EcoSexologist

“Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More” Now Out in Print!