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About Jen McCreight
Before we touch on anything else, remember this: McCreight is always Right. It rhymes. If you ever meet me in person and actually pronounce my name correctly, you'll get a thousand bonus points.

Anyway, I'm mainly just some sarcastic gal with a lot of strong opinions. I just graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with a double major in Genetics and Evolution and a minor in Psychology. Yeah, good ol' Indiana - I've lived here my entire life, though I consider myself a Chicagoan. I've been doing research in an ecological genetics lab for almost three years, and in the fall I'm going to the University of Washington to get my PhD in Genome Sciences.


Other than being a giant biology nerd, I'm also really active in the atheist movement. I wasn't raised in a religious household, so moving to a conservative Midwestern community for college was a bit of a culture shock for me. I co-founded the Society of Non-Theists at Purdue University at the beginning of my sophomore year, and was President for three years. We now have over 400 people on the mailing list, which should tell you two things: 1) Purdue desperately needed a voice for secularism and 2) I'm kind of insane when it comes to organizing things. I was also recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Secular Student Alliance, where hopefully I'll continue to help secular groups across the nation.

I'm liberal, pro-choice, a huge supporter of gay rights, and oddly obsessed with human sexuality. Like, a lot. PZ gets squids, Hemant gets baby eating, and I get sex. I think I win.

In my nonexistent free time, I like painting and drawing, golfing (8 handicap, woo!), and playing video games. Especially Civ 4. Taking over the world is fun.

About the Blog
Blag Hag was created on March 11, 2009, mostly out of boredom. To be completely honest, I had just gotten out of a long relationship and needed something to pass the time in the void known as singledom. I thought, why not blog? I love writing, and I had kept a personal blog since middle school - a Xanga which I later upgraded to a LiveJournal (I am so classy). I'm also horribly opinionated about things, so it seemed like the perfect hobby.

I haphazardly picked a name based on a bad pun just so I could get started. I never fathomed that people other than my close friends would actually want to read this thing, or that I'd start being referred to as The Blag Hag (Moral of the story: Think before you name things). But then I was Pharyngulated a couple of times, and apparently people think I'm funny (?) when I'm ranting about stupid people. There's no shortage of stupid people in the world (unfortunately), so people stuck around (fortunately).

This blog doesn't have a specific theme, unless you count Shit Jen Thinks About as one. Most posts are about atheism, religion, science, biology, sex, feminism, politics, and any strange combination of those things.

38 comments:

  1. Sounds like a decent policy to me. =)

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  2. Nerdy, sexy, crazy, perverted as a free bonus : that's it, I'm officially in love. ;-)

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  3. For reference, I followed one of Jen's post on Friendly Atheist, and then she blogged for 24 hours straight and I totally stayed with it.

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  4. Yeah. That 24 hour blogging thing was insane. I came in with Pharyngula before it, and harassed people all night long.

    Good times, good times.

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  5. Where can we read about how you became Atheist?

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  6. Hi Jen,

    Just looked at the atheist Barbie post by way of a(n) FB post from a(n) FB friend, and drilled down to find you. V. impressed. I'm 50 something, FB friend is 40 something. FYI have passed it on to my FB "friends" and hope they will do the same.

    Compliments to you and keep up the good work!

    Best,

    Paula G.

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  7. I saw a link to your atheist barbie on the Mensa Athiest Discussion Group. Keep up the good work.

    Richard

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  8. Hey Jen, I like your ReVamped site. Good job

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  9. Jen I love your site! It's so awesome!!! Yay Atheist feminism!

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  10. Welcome to UW Genome Sciences!!! No shortage of atheist video-game-playing scientist geeks here.

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  11. Hi, Welcome to Seattle and the UW! (I work here).

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  12. "active in the atheist movement"

    There's a movement? Does there need to be a movement? I thought atheism is a position or perspective that an individual chooses, possibly in common with others. But if there's a 'movement', that must mean that you're out to promote it and establish it. You know, like a religion. So, you're evangelical? Seems pretty absurd, really.

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  13. @Anonymous... atheist movement, is not about converting ...it's about showing those with doubts that they are not alone, about grouping together for a somewhat common voice with respect to how non-believers are treated in our society, about showing believers that non-believers can be decent human beings and come by their non-belief honestly through thoughtful reflection. Most Americans have no idea about any of this. They just thing "atheist" = "God hater"...which is absurd. But my final comment about atheism being like a religion....only if not collecting stamps is a hobby!

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  14. God is real. So is his love.
    Abortion is not just wrong, it IS MURDER.
    ...and worse it's murdering an innocent little kid.
    Evolutionists have all the proof but no belief
    Creationists have the belief but no proof.
    --sincerly, a nerdy HP lover who believes in doing the right thing and respecting EVERYONE.

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  15. Sounds a little bit like how my blog kept going once it was started, and how it has no particular focus. Every bit except for being linked by majorly large blogs and the new fans sticking around to comment :-)

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  16. Just found you via Pharyngula. I will be looking forward to reading more. I like what I see so far, please keep it up.

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  17. God is real ... unless declared integer

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  18. @DC,

    So, do non-stamp collectors get together and start a movement with a somewhat common voice with respect to how non-stamp collectors are treated in our society, about showing stamp collectors that non- stamp collectors can be decent human beings and come by their non - stamp collecting honestly through thoughtful reflection?

    Do most Americans think "non-stamp collectors" are "stamp haters" ?

    Hee hee.

    Anonymous II

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  19. My god you are like my ideal role model when I was a kid!

    ( position is still vacant btw! )

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  20. Hey, stamps are real; and so is their LOVE!

    Anonymous IV (on no, what happened to III??)

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  21. I love that you started the blog on my birthday ;-)

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  22. Randomly stumbled across this and I think I'm gonna like it here. :D

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  23. Praying that atheists will learn that God is in fact real and so are Heaven and Hell before it is too late. God does not wish that anyone should perish, but that all may enter the kingdom of Heaven.

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  24. Yeah atheists that have to tout their beliefs are just as bad as theists that do. It's psychological, and it breeds pure ideology without any deference to a understanding in the values of others.

    --an atheist

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  25. Evolution is a fraud
    Atheism is a fraud
    Global warming is a fraud
    You're a fraud, just another PC stooge.
    I wonder if you would get as many 'fans' if you didn't post pics of yourself. You just cater to bucks on tha' downlow who would otherwise be watching porn.

    http://atheists.2hell.com
    PRAISE JEHOVAH

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  26. Hi Jen,

    Been reading your blog for a while and enjoy your irreverence and free rolling style, you always have something interesting to say and aren't afraid to do so. Bravo, keep up the good work, and I apologize for not commenting sooner.

    I also like it that you allow theists to comment, at least until they become obnoxious. I was once a believer, though never a creationist and I always tried to fit my beliefs in with what I knew of science. But in the end that just doesn't work, and here I find myself an atheist. All that to say that everyone has to come to their interpretation of the facts in their own way and in their own time, so thanks for giving them that space, if they choose to use it.

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  27. I just found your blog. Great Scott! I like it here. It is great to see our fellow nonbelievers out there reading your Blag Hag. As one non-biology understanding atheist to a complete biology loving atheist, I'd like to say, "Thanks for posting these powerful thoughts. May they be fruitful and multiply".

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  28. For some reason I can not see/enter comments on the main page. In looking for an e-mail address I found this page, which I can see/enter comments (I hope).

    Don't know if this is something you've done, I've done or just the Internet needs a cup of coffee.

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  29. Comments are back, I did nothing but walk around the block, guess the Internet just wasn't awake.

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  30. Notice that the true believers seem to always post "Anonymously"? You're wonderful because the Flying Spaghetti Monster is real and so is his love. Is God evil for aborting all those miscarriages? Do Christians ever really read the Bible, not just the parts they like? Why do Christians feel the need to attack science. Even the Catholics have accepted Galileo and Evolution, just give them another 400 years and they will be able to deal with pedophile Priest. Since when did ignorance become a point of view? Oh that's right it's not ignorance, its faith.

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  31. Someone probably already said this upstairs in the comments(tl;dr) but almost everyone is obsessed with human sexuality, so don't feel odd!
    If on the other hand you feel not odd but special, proceed.

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  32. How sad to see you are an atheist getting caught up in the left socialist mind set. I'll pray for you.

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  33. Right on Jen! Just found your blog and it's great to know there are atheists out there that are not in the closet.

    BTW Anonymous: How sad you have to make up a fictitious sugar daddy god to deal with life.

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  34. How sad to see you are an atheist becoming caught up in the left socialist skulls set. I'll pray for you.

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  35. How sad indeed. As a scientist do you not notice that the left socialist ideas are not helping our country today. It has gotten worse? So much for humanism. Can you save all the starving people out there? Can you stop yourself from aging? Well then you are not God. So you might want to do real research to proof God does not exist. You will be surprised. Go see "Heaven is for Real."

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