Nathan Allen

Hello, I’m Nathan Allen. Welcome to my page! This serves as an experiment in shortform as well as a little intro to myself.

I am a freelance (sort of, I'm new to this) writer based in Winston-Salem, NC. My writing tends to focus on the interdisciplinary study of the environment — those places where science, philosophy, psychology, history, and other discipline meet. Other than that, I write about philosophy broadly, LGBTQ+ issues, media studies, and culture.

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I am a writer and editor of Pollen — an interdisciplinary magazine about the environment. In addition, I am a regular writer for Mind…


A non-judgemental guided tour of common supplies for safe sex!

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Photo by Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition on Unsplash

After my own battle with a particularly strong strain of gonorrhea (not the super-type, thank goodness!), I became somewhat of a stickler for safe sex practices. I promoted the use of protection (for me, condoms) with my friends as well as within my own relationships. My pals can attest to my insistence that they get tested regularly (that’s every three months when you are sexually active btw). I knew what it was like to have a bad case of a sexually transmitted infection STI and I did not want anyone else to go through that if it was preventable.

I…


How might we humans aid in nature’s rehabilitation after tragedy? A really neat article in Popular Science by Meera Subramanian gives us 5 accounts of nature and humans tag-teaming restoration.


They are all bad, but for very different reasons

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Photo by Yoann Boyer on Unsplash

First of all, I hate the words “homophobia” and “transphobia.” It implies fear. No one who is actually homophobic or transphobic is scared of anything. They are just wrong about some things.

I also hate these two words because it creates a false equivalence between what qualifies the “-phobia” part of both homophobia and transphobia. Drawing from the work of Talia Mae Bettcher, a philosopher who works on trans issues and is herself trans, I will walk through the major difference between these “phobias.” I will also introduce the sticky issue that is biphobia and how it combines the two.

Homophobia: The Ethical Issue


What the latest statement from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is telling us about the political and ecological climate.

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Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash. Remix by editor.

Civilization is yet again at a crossroads. Change: either for better or worse.

Every year, scientists and other scholars from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists gather to discuss the current status of the world with a particular interest in world-ending activities. These officials determine whether or not the hands of the Doomsday Clock, which symbolizes how close were are to the apocalypse, should be moved closer or further from midnight. And midnight in this context is Doomsday.

This year’s statement from the Bulletin is crystal clear: we are 100 seconds from midnight.

Why? And, what should we do about…


Recounting the history of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

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Photo by Folco Masi on Unsplash

In 1939, United States intelligence operatives informed the government that German scientists — at the request of Adolf Hitler — had begun developing nuclear weapons. With the typical American zeal for doing stuff first, American scientists were soon put to work for the same project.

A couple of years later, and right after Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces, the United States declared that it was entering WWII. With a heavy hand finally in the game of war, efforts to establish the country as a leader in nuclear weapon technology ramped up. …


As a gay person, I have an obligation to educate straight people when they come to me.

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Photo by Yoav Hornung on Unsplash

“I should not have to educate the majority; they should Google it!”

I have heard this (and continue to) a lot. It’s a common response when a person (usually in a place of historical or social privilege) asks a question of another person who is of some minority group. Often viscously, the minority member will proclaim that they should not have to be the ones to explain their identity, history, etc.

In some ways, I get it. It might get tiring to continuously explain yourself and your identity. Burn out is a real psychological state. Your identity is something that…


Using Octavia Butler’s vampire mythology to develop reciprocal relationships.

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Photo by Igam Ogam on Unsplash

In Octavia Butler’s novel Fledgling, a young girl wakes up in a cave disoriented. She stumbles out into the world with not a clue of how she got in the cave or anything before it.

The story follows the girl, Shori, as she struggles to regain her memories, piece by piece. Shori, as we find out, is a female Ina, which is the name given to the race of vampires that live all over the globe. The novel — among all of its great, page-turning prose — is chock full of questions of race, species, gender, and identity broadly. …

Nathan Allen

writer. illustrator. manic collector of pens and notebooks. bug guy from North Carolina. see my work at www.nthnljms.com

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