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There are so many reasons not to.

We didn’t have to come all the way to the home of Sigmund Freud to know our desires will always be sublimated. But passion is the opposite of reasonable and in the spacey, jetlagged early mornings, I search the plenary for the set of your shoulders and the vulnerable naked place at the back of your neck that I have already stared at through so many meetings, imagining the taste of your skin. As the days warm up, the smell of rubber from all those condoms gets overwhelming and for me it’s the smell of sex… almost unbearable.

We sit together and the small spaces between us crackle with the static of the un-said and un-done. I dream about you at night and all day at the meeting every allusion to sexuality reminds me of what we might do, every political passion feeds the desire unravelling inside me…inside me, where you would be if we weren’t both so wedded to reason.

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The Pleasure Project has got heaps of people talking…and made it into quite a few news channels…

Here we are interviewed by AIDSChicago

and talked about on Reuters and IRIN  news

http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=89919

And some other people are talking about pleasure too now – the world is listening !

Young people need more pleasure

http://www.sxmislandtime.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11262:prevention-psas-need-more-pleasure-&catid=31:general&Itemid=76

http://news.caribseek.com/Global_Caribbean/printer_88169.shtml

the newly proven Microbicide gels can be marketed for pleasure

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-07-19/vaginal-gel-cuts-hiv-infections-while-blocking-herpes.html

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We met at a party last night – it was a nice party, but certainly not a wild one. Between slaps at the mosquitoes I heard about your research, your poster presentations, your conference experiences. Well, not too much about the “extracurricular” conference experiences, but at least the ones listed on the program. You were intriguing, exciting, and definitely sexy. I gave you my card… will you be in touch? Only time will tell…

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I have never seen so many Hot women and horny men than this years conference! certainly difficult to concentrate on business with all this distraction around…

maybe the “spanking between sessions” or a “bed in the booth” would really help to relax and regenerate.

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While not every session at AIDS 2010 is blog-worthy, it’s been a fantastic opportunity to catch up with Pleasure Project fans and friends, including Mike Kennedy from the Victorian AIDS Council in Australia. He gifted us with a huge (and I mean huge) calendar featuring (huge) pics of (huge) hot gay sex … just the kind of thing to hang on the office wall and impress the boss.

We’ve also hooked up with Support, the non-profit arm of the company that makes female condoms. They organized a workshop to promote female condoms to men, which included folks from Durex Condoms, MTV and BBC World Service Trust. Last night we sipped, nibbled and talked pleasure with them and others at the Viacom (i.e., parent company of MTV) party.

While not everyone at the party had heard of The Pleasure Project, when asked if they’d seen the posters about masturbation, porn during the plenary and spanking between sessions, most lit up with a spark of recognition and a cheeky grin. One more poster to go, and many more fantasies to spark. Stay tuned!

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That was the Pleasure Project’s opening line at Vienna 2010 -(the biggest global AIDS conference ever happening this week – with 25,000 people gathering from all over the world)   It was all part of our campaign to get public health people to put a bit more pleasure in their life and a bounce in their step. It seems to be working. We put up new posters all over the venue every day . . . . with suggestions about what ELSE participants might be doing besides working hard. It seems to be getting us a good reaction…….See the fantasies posted on this blog…

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