When I Should Have Known


That’s me, back in 1969 or so.  Twelve years old.  One important thing in my life happened right about then, and a second important thing didn’t.  I wrote about the first thing in a blog posted to Tulare County Atheists some time ago.  This blog is about the second thing, the one that didn’t happen.  At least not for another 25 years.

I had a “girlfriend” when I was 5 years old.  We attended the same kindergarten class in Tacoma.  I remember calling her my girlfriend, and I think she called me her boyfriend, but I’m not sure either of us really thought much of the designation.  For me, it might have been more something my father suggested.  She and I only interacted in school, since we didn’t live close to each other.  We didn’t really play that much together, and other than the status of “girlfriend”, I really don’t recall much about her.  I think her name was the same as my sister’s, Sherry, but I could be mis-remembering that.  We moved after the end of the school year, and I never saw her again.  I don’t recall being upset about that.  Maybe that was the first clue?

That was it for girlfriends up until my senior year in high school.  Second clue?  Perhaps.

I should have figured out the second thing right about the same time I figured out the first.  But there was a big difference between being OK about being an atheist, and being OK about being gay.


BoobQuake Results In – Earth Shrugs At Immodest Women

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What happens when a self-proclaimed “liberal, geeky, nerdy, scientific, perverted atheist feminist trapped in Indiana” dashes off a snarky response to Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi’s comments that immodest women corrupt men and cause earthquakes?  BOOBQUAKE!

On April 19, 2010, Jen McCreight dashed off some comments on her blog, Blag Hag, before running off to watch one of  her favorite TV shows. Little did she suspect what her little spur of the moment missive would become!

On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. Yes, the one usually reserved for a night on the town. I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts. Or short shorts, if that’s your preferred form of immodesty. With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I’m sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn’t rumble. And if we really get through to him, maybe it’ll be one involving plate tectonics.

Well, the internet being what it is, and the general response by straight males (and plenty of women, as well)  to anything to do with boobs, it took off.  Read the initial blog post by Jen here. The BOOBQUAKE event took place, and the results are in!

Jen has been interviewed by media around the world, including the BBC and CNN.  Quite the subject for her 15 minutes of fame, huh?  Even though I can only appreciate boobs from a purely aesthetic point of view, all I can say is,  you go girl!

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