September 2009

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Filament magazine's first (contested) issue

Cover of Filament mags first issue

A UK publisher ran into roadblocks recently trying to make a mainstream erotic magazine for women with pics of actual naked men in actual states of arousal. Filament magazine claims printers won’t print the mag for fear of the wrath of “the women’s/religious sectors”.

Are erect penises actually dirtier than women’s body parts? Are women too frail to handle pictures of erect penises when, in fact, they were just stopping by the newsstand for a carton of milk? Or are women simply not interested in ogling men’s bodies?

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When using a female condom, you may have to look at one of these.IRIN Plus News recently carried an article that highlights some pros and cons of female condoms, or at least of how they’re viewed today. Let’s start with a pro – there was an article about female condoms! And not just a new technological breakthrough or design innovation, but an article about some actually using one. Woah. This article is an exclusive scoop on a “male perspective on a “first time” with the female condom”.

“I used it once with my girlfriend. I’d never considered using one before, but there were no conventional [male] condoms [in the house] and my girlfriend thought it would be cool – she will try anything because it’s new. Being the sucker for adventure that I am, I tried it; yes, I used a female condom.”

Pros: new, available, adventurous, novel! Take note, I’m willing to bet that he’s not the only guy (or girl) in the world who likes trying something new.

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iattfolder_coverThe UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on HIV and Young People recently published a series of seven guidance briefs on HIV interventions for young people. The idea of the briefs is to provide decision makers with information about how to ameliorate the HIV epidemic, based on the existing body of knowledge relating to young people. Of course, the UN is a large, bureaucratic organization that sometimes seems to be at the opposite end of the spectrum from the youth it claims to be targeting. However, there has also been a clear movement within the international organizations toward a more youth-friendly and, dare I say it, pleasurable approach to health.

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I think we’ve all seen the condom ads circulating around YouTube these days… unfortunately, due to the obscenity laws in many places, these are very rarely sexy. That said, some of them are absolutely hilarious. 15 and Counting has collected their top picks for your viewing pleasure. I’ll repost one here that I do find sexy… um, no, not because of the mother, but because of the :)~>-8-(: . (Yeah, I had to look that one up…)

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Our friend Ana Santos recently published a column in the Manila Times and on her blog entitled “Being Positive About HIV/AIDS“.  She has graciously granted us permission to repost the column here, but you can also read it on her website.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

THE SINGLE FILES
By Ana Santos
Being positive about HIV/AIDS

By the time that this column comes out, the 9th International Conference on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) in Bali, Indonesia would have come to an end.

ICAAP is the world’s second biggest gathering of HIV/AIDS public health-care specialists, policy makers, international donor groups, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV/PLWA), and HIV/AIDS activists from various backgrounds to share knowledge, skills, ideas and research related to HIV and AIDS.

As the conference comes to an end, I now reflect on the many things that made an impact on me during this Congress—my first ever HIV/AIDS conference.

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birthdayI was just listening to the Writer’s Almanac, where they mentioned that today is the birthday of the mother of birth control:

And it’s the birthday of the woman who caused science fiction writer H.G. Wells to say: “The movement she started will grow to be, a hundred years from now, the most influential of all time.” That woman is Margaret Sanger, (books by this author) born in Corning, New York (1879). She coined the term “birth control,” she was its most famous advocate in the United States, and she founded Planned Parenthood.

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