Author Archives: Valerie Tarico

About Valerie Tarico

Seattle psychologist and writer. Author - Trusting Doubt and Deas and Other Imaginings. Founder - www.WisdomCommons.org.

42 Splices and Counting: Nine Facts You Should Know About the Planned Parenthood Smear Campaign

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Imagine that someone hated you (or your company) and wanted to make you look bad. So, he pretended to be a friend or colleague, went to your events, repeatedly asked you to meetings or lunch, gained your trust, and then … Continue reading

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Christians Point Fingers at Atheists to Cover Growing Corruption in Church

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When Bill O’Reilly recently tried to pin America’s spree of mass shootings on atheism rather than guns or mental illness, he hoped to tap a specific set of beliefs that are common among Bible believers— that morality derives from religion; … Continue reading

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A Better Life, the Movie. Atheist Filmmaker Chris Johnson on His New Documentary

What if “no gods, no masters” is simply a starting point? In 2014, photographer and filmmaker Chris Johnson published A Better Life, a coffee table book that profiles atheists from around the world as they discuss the pursuits and relationships … Continue reading

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Why Are Conservative White Males Forcing More Abortions and Births on Poor Brown Women? Six theories

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What do conservative politicians want even more than balanced budgets or an end to abortion? When Republicans in Colorado pulled the plug on America’s most successful teen pregnancy prevention program, they told the world something about themselves and their political … Continue reading

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America’s best-kept sex secret: lots of us don’t want it

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America’s obsession with sex is rivaled only by America’s obsession with repressing sex—except for the millions of Americans who find the whole thing simply uninteresting. From Madison Avenue to Sunset Boulevard, from the Las Vegas Strip to Miami’s club scene, … Continue reading

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The Yuck Factor — What Planned Parenthood Smears, Homophobia, and Middle School Jokes Have in Common

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Medical procedures and research are yucky. Good healthcare means getting over it. If religious conservatives have their way, reproductive healthcare will be dictated by the same psychology that drives middle school jokes about genitals, dead babies and poop—our instinctive squeamish reaction … Continue reading

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Losing Your Religion in Sin City – An Interview with Sociologist Lori Fazzino

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What do vampires and Las Vegas atheists have in common? Ethical rules, social stigma, and a hunger for community. When people think about Las Vegas, most picture some combination of gambling, burlesque, night clubs and legalized prostitution—the pleasures that earned Vegas the … Continue reading

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