One's and Two's- Comparing Perspectives

This week we are joined on Secular Sexuality by our creator and producer emeritus Dr. Darrel Ray, author of the exquisite Sex & God and The God Virus as well as our very own Jenna Belk. It’s an ACA homer’s episode where we address the gender binary and life path of atheism. Catch the episode at 7p CST and check back here afterwards for some FOOTnotes.

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Love, Life and Sex with Brittle Bone Disease

Lex is a remarkable, multifaceted person and a great interview. Very much looking forward to having them on again in the future but for now, have a look.

You can learn more about osteogenesis imperfecta here and consider offering Lex your support here.

And, while I don’t really feel the need to shine any more light on this one, Joshua Harris apparently made an entire documentary about how foolish I Kissed Dating Goodbye was. You know, in case you wanted to hate watch a treatise on christian dating. Personally I continue to prefer the resource list recommended by Sex Positive Families.

And as it turns out- Steve Martin did hand out business cards to gawkers and passerby. American treasure.


Dream It/ Be It

For so much of human history we’ve blamed it’s actions on the will of god, the spirits of our ancestors, the position of mercury or the fortunes foretold by our cookies. I don’t mean here the plans we have, but the dreams, feelings and intentions that guide our life and expectations. By simply dreaming it, by believing it, are we really any closer to being it?

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Peeled Banana Republic

In America, more than 80% of all males have been circumcised, in Europe that number is less than 20%. The World Health Organization puts circumcision right around ⅓ of all adult males globally. Circumcision is such a default in American culture that I think most of us are only recently waking up to the fact that we’re pretty much alone on this one, at least outside of majority muslim countries. And like the imperial measurement system, the NFL, the war on terror and cheez-wiz, Americans seem perfectly willing to barrel ahead without stopping to ask why no else wants to follow.

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Hector Garcia and Evo Psych

It was an incredible opportunity getting to speak with two PhDs about sex, politics and religion- my favorite dinner table topics. Hector was remarkably gracious and being able to even sit in with him and Dr. Darrel Ray was a remarkable pleasure. Have a look.

Hector’s book on religion, Alpha God, can be found here. Sex, Power and Partisanship is a new release I haven’t yet gotten to but seems like a great read.

We briefly spoke also about contrasting ideas presented by Dr. Christopher Ryan in Sex at Dawn.

Dr. Ray’s God Virus and Sex & God are not only brilliant, but the foundation of our show and my work with the ACA.

And, just because it so perfectly represents the idea of ‘making the natural seem strange,’ I highly recommend the work of Nathan W Pyle and his ‘Strange Planet.’

Secular Sexuality with Melissa Carnagey of Sex Positive Families

May be our best episode to date, also, what is up with this thumbnail? Melissa was an incredibly gracious and well spoken guest and the calls were wonderful. You can learn more about her and her work at

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Last week I had the opportunity to let Ian at the Atheist Community of Austin turn the microphone the other direction and interview me for a change. Drawing questions from the ACA discord chat we covered everything from trans kids to antidepressants to pineapple pizza. Hot takes abound. Have a listen and check out the ACA discord channel for more.

The Parable of the Wasted Talents

The difference between atheism and apathy for most of us seems to center on the hurts and bad habits caused by the virus of belief that has hijacked so much of our culture, our policies, even our thinking. After working in therapy, my client’s and my own, I’m convinced that one of the pervasive artifacts of faith is the need to constantly, painstakingly, justify our actions. To, in all things, be working towards some cosmic goal.

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I Know it When I See It

In 1964- more than 10 years after Playboy published their first issue sharing Marilyn Monroe’s naked pictures with the world and half a century before the beginning of the Secular Sexuality podcast, Chief Justice Potter Stewart was challenged with the rest of the United States Supreme Court to answer the question of whether or not a state, in this case Ohio, could outright ban a film on the grounds of obscenity. Stewart’s mind, reflecting the prevailing opinion of the time, was that the constitution’s protections of free speech did not extend to ‘hard-core pornography’ but that Les Amants (the lurid film in question) didn’t constitute hardcore porn, explaining only "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that."

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Works Like A Charm

A few weeks ago I was in the actual library part of The Free Thought Library, the ACA’s physical base of operations here in Austin. We were going over a recent episode of Secular Sexuality in which my guest, a yoga therapist, had managed to cause a collective eye roll of the audience by clinging to her “one foot in each camp” philosophy- pitting spirituality against science. Across the room I spotted a copy of Michael Pollan’s new book How to Change Your Mind and couldn’t help but laugh. I had just started reading my own copy and could now commiserate with the authors struggle as he tries to apply a scientific approach to understanding the effects of psychedelics on individuals and society at large.

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