Greta Christina

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Greta Christina
Greta Christina at The Reason Rally.JPG
Greta Christina speaking at The Reason Rally in March 2012
Born (1961-12-31) December 31, 1961 (age 52)
Residence San Francisco, USA
Nationality American
Alma mater Reed College
Occupation Writer
Religion None (atheist)
Website
http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/

Greta Christina is an atheist blogger, speaker, and author.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Greta was born in Chicago on December 31, 1961. She graduated from Reed College in 1983.[3] She legally changed her name in her twenties, dropping her family name and taking her middle name as her last name, resulting in her current name of Greta Christina.[4]

Career[edit]

She is a regular atheist correspondent for AlterNet, Free Inquiry, and The Humanist, and has been writing about atheism in her own "Greta Christina's blog" since 2005.[5] Her blog is now part of Freethoughtblogs.[6] In 2009, Hemant Mehta at the "Friendly Atheist" ranked Christina's blog in the Top Ten most popular atheist blogs.[7] She also created the "Atheist Meme of the Day" on Facebook.

She has been writing professionally since 1989, and her writing about atheism has appeared in print in Skeptical Inquirer and the anthology Everything You Know About God Is Wrong, as well as in her own books Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why (2014) and Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless (2012). [2][8][9] [10] [11]

Speaking to Chris Mooney for the Point of Inquiry podcast, she stated that "there isn't one emotion" affecting atheists "but anger is one of the emotions that many of us have ...[it] drives others to participate in the movement". She feels that there are many goals for the atheist movement — more separation of church and state, ending "bigotry against atheism", and for some, persuading people "out of religion". She thinks it is a "valid goal" to work towards a world without religion.[12]

As a speaker, she is part of the Speakers Bureau for the Secular Student Alliance and the Center for Inquiry.[2] She was a speaker on the Diversity in Skepticism panel at The Amaz!ng Meeting in July, 2011, the Reason Rally in 2012,[13] and the 50th annual convention of American Atheists in 2013.[14]

In 2013 she was named the International Team Honored Hero of the Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB).[5] The Foundation's teams raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.[15]

She received the 2013 LGBT Humanist Pride Award from the American Humanist Association.[16][17]

Outside of her atheist work, she is the editor of Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients and of the Best Erotic Comic anthology series, and has written the erotic novella Bending and the erotic fiction collection Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.[8][18][19][20] Her writing has also appeared in three volumes of Best American Erotica.[19] She occasionally writes about cats for the webside Catster.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Greta Christina has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1984. She is openly bisexual, and lives with her wife, Ingrid Nelson, whom she has been with since 1998.[3][22] Ingrid is also bisexual and works as a nurse practitioner in the field of HIV and AIDS.[23][24] Greta and Ingrid were married in February 2004 at San Francisco City Hall, during the time that year in which same-sex marriage licenses were being issued in San Francisco; all those marriages were later voided, and Greta and Ingrid got married again at San Francisco City Hall in 2008.[3][25][26] They also had a wedding (although not a legal marriage) on November 12, 2005 in San Francisco's Swedish American Hall in the Castro district.[27] Greta stated in 2010, "Ingrid and I are very happily married. We've been married for six and a half years (or five years, or two and a half years, depending on which of our three weddings in the shifting 'same- sex marriage' winds you're talking about), and we've been together for close to thirteen years."[28] Greta and Ingrid have three cats, Comet, Houdini, and Talisker.[29] Greta Christina is co-organizer and co-host of the Godless Perverts Story Hour and the Godless Perverts Social Club in San Francisco.[30][31][32] She is openly kinky and polyamorous.[33]

Christina's parents divorced when she was 12.[34] Christina's mother died of cancer at the age of 45, when Christina was 17.[35] Her father (Richard Hermann Muelder), who was an alcoholic, died in 2012 at the age of 79.[36][37][38]

Christina has struggled with depression off and on throughout most of her adult life; as of 2014 she considers herself chronically depressed and takes the antidepressant Wellbutrin for it, and expects to take antidepressants for the rest of her life.[39][40]

In 2012 she was diagnosed with endometrial cancer.[41] She had a surgical hysterectomy and oophorectomy to treat it, and is now cancer-free.[5][42][43] However, she has a presumptive diagnosis of Lynch Syndrome (a diagnosis based on family history), which significantly increases the odds of getting certain kinds of cancers, including endometrial cancer.[5]

Christina has declared, "I'm a feminist. An ardent one at that."[44]

Publications[edit]

  • Christina, Greta (2012). Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless. Pitchstone Publishing. ISBN 978-0985281526. 
  • Christina, Greta (2013). Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More. Dirty Heathen Publishing. ASIN B00CBWYT5C. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greta Christina". Greta Christina. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "Greta Christina | Secular Student Alliance: Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics & Others". Secularstudents.org. 2009-12-20. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  3. ^ a b c Greta Christina. "Personal". Greta Christina. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Greta Christina's Blog: The Messed-Up Teachings of Jesus". Gretachristina.typepad.com. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d Christina, Greta. "Foundation Beyond Belief Raises Record Funds to Fight Cancer – And They’re Doing It Again! » Greta Christina's Blog". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Freethoughtblogs". Freethoughtblogs. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  7. ^ "The 30 Most Popular Atheist Blogs". The Friendly Atheist. 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  8. ^ a b Bright, Susie. "Susie Bright Presents: Three Kinds of Asking for It: Erotic Novellas by Eric Albert, Greta Christina, and Jill Soloway (9780743245500): Susie Bright: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  9. ^ Why Are You Atheists So Angry?: 99 Things that Piss Off the Godless. 2012. OL 25278974M. 
  10. ^ http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2014/03/07/coming-out-atheist-ordering-info/
  11. ^ http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2014/04/16/coming-out-atheist-is-out/
  12. ^ "Greta Christina — Why Are You Atheists So Angry?". Point of Inquiry. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  13. ^ Program. "The Amaz!ng Meeting | Program". Amazingmeeting.com. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  14. ^ Lawrence, Calvin. "Who's Speaking to the Atheists at 50th Annual Convention?". ABC News. Retrieved 2013-03-29. 
  15. ^ Brayton, Ed (2013-03-13). "Foundation Beyond Belief Raises Record Funds » Dispatches from the Culture Wars". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  16. ^ "Nonbelievers Tell Supreme Court: Declare DOMA and Prop 8 Unconstitutional". American Humanist Association. 2013-03-26. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  17. ^ "My 2013 LGBT Humanist of the Year Acceptance Speech". Free Thought Blogs. 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  18. ^ Christina, Greta. "“Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More” Now for Sale on Kindle and Nook! » Greta Christina's Blog". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  19. ^ a b Christina, Greta. "Greta Christina's Blog » Atheism, sex, politics, dreams, and whatever. Thinking out loud since 2005". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  20. ^ Delacoste, Frederique. "Paying for It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients (9781890159597): Greta Christina: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  21. ^ Catster (2013-01-09). "Catster". Catster. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  22. ^ "Greta Christina". Greta Christina. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  23. ^ "Greta Christina's Blog: Professor Brainiacs and Smarty Pants Know-It-Alls: Popular Perceptions of Science and Scientists". Gretachristina.typepad.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  24. ^ "Greta Christina". September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  25. ^ "Greta Christina's Blog: Sex, Relationships, and the Hazards of Default Decisions". Gretachristina.typepad.com. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  26. ^ Christina, Greta. "Who Marriage is For: A Tale of Two Weddings » Greta Christina's Blog". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  27. ^ "Greta Christina's agnostic commitment ceremony". Offbeat Bride. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  28. ^ "Greta Christina's Blog: Happily Single, Happily Married". Gretachristina.typepad.com. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  29. ^ "Special Guest: Greta Christina 04/11 by TheThinkingAtheist". Blog Talk Radio. 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  30. ^ "Guest Post: 5 Things That". Miss Maggie Mayhem. June 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  31. ^ "Godless Perverts Story Hour". Godless Perverts. June 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  32. ^ "Godless Perverts Social Club". Greta Christina's Blog. June 26, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  33. ^ http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2014/03/27/on-being-on-anti-depressants-indefinitely/
  34. ^ "Greta Christina's Blog: Sexual Optimism and a Changing World". Gretachristina.typepad.com. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  35. ^ "Greta Christina's Blog: The Meaning of Death: Part One of Many". Gretachristina.typepad.com. 2007-10-21. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  36. ^ http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/my-father-alcoholic-how-much-are-people-responsible-their-behavior-when-mentally-ill?paging=off
  37. ^ Christina, Greta. "Sad news » Greta Christina's Blog". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  38. ^ Christina, Greta. "Richard Hermann Muelder, 1933-2012 » Greta Christina's Blog". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  39. ^ Christina, Greta. "Are All Religions Equally Crazy?". Freethoughtblogs.com; Greta Christina's Blog. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  40. ^ Greta Christina (2014-03-24). "Mood Disorders Program". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  41. ^ Christina, Greta. "Bad news, good news, and asking for help » Greta Christina's Blog". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  42. ^ Christina, Greta. "Surgery tomorrow » Greta Christina's Blog". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  43. ^ Christina, Greta. "Surgery done » Greta Christina's Blog". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  44. ^ Christina, Greta. "On Being a Feminist Writing Dirty Kinky Porn » Greta Christina's Blog". Freethoughtblogs.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 

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