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Milwaukee’s Anti-Teen Pregnancy Hysteria
01.28.2010
03:04 pm
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Blood, shadows, a pregnant woman screaming…the below trailer looks like it’s teasing some kind of It’s Alive knock-off.  But it’s really a promo spot for the “horror film” 2028, one of fifteen anti-teen pregnancy spots sponsored by the United Way of Milwaukee’s Healthy Girls organization.

Hoping to deglamorize Bristol Palin-type pregnancies, the trailers end with the message, Get pregnant as a teen and the next 18 years could be the hardest of your life,” and a Web address for BabyCanWait.  The campaign’s print ads are no less subtle with their “images of teen boys with pregnant bellies and a baby diaper with a brown scratch-n’-sniff spot.” 

And while BabyCanWait isn’t per se of an abstinence-only mindset (they provide information about STDs and contraception), Broadsheet’s Tracy Clark-Flory (breathlessly) wonders:

Are these shock-and-awe tactics the best way to reach kids? While I sympathize with the goal, and appreciate the clear and creative commitment to it, something about the trailer didn’t sit well with me.

For one thing, horror movies are glamorous, too. (Older) teens and women like Saw, say.  Not saying it’s aspirational, but the genre itself is seen as a double-dog-dare lark, not a cautionary tale about (say) losing your virginity at summer camp REE! REE! REE!  You know?  So there’s that.  There’s also something about it that contributes to an ugly stigma.  Teen mothers as screaming bloody victims.  The baby as some sort of evil spawn.  Or something like that.  Ick.  Not helpful.

Finally, I don’t think kids are running around getting (people) pregnant because Bristol and Jamie Lynn made it look so, like, cute.  Or even just because ADULTS ARE LYING TO THEM ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL, which they are.  There are so many naive, misguided, melancholy, ironic reasons that teens want to get pregnant, be parents.  They’ve seen their sisters and brothers and friends do it.  And it’s hard hard hard. But based on what’s become normal to them it’s not a horrorshow.  I’m not sure you can convince them it is in a one-minute trailer when the rest of their life says otherwise.

 
(via Alternet)

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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01.28.2010
03:04 pm
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The Politics of Sharing a Bed
01.24.2010
02:22 pm
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The Guardian discusses the “fun” of sharing a bed with somebody. Various positions and all. The article checks in with various British media people (?!) on how they do it. American mileage may vary, I think we’re all too drugged up on ambien and slathered in fried chicken grease to care as much…

It’s one of the first things to go in the war of attrition between romance and pragmatism ?

Posted by Jason Louv
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01.24.2010
02:22 pm
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Let’s Have an Orgy!
01.15.2010
04:13 pm
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Humor via Punchbaby:

Just think of this as a guide to modern life, having an orgy is a great way to meet people, have some fun and let off some steam after a busy week in the office. The end result is a culmination of careful planning and of course inviting the right people ?

Posted by Jason Louv
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01.15.2010
04:13 pm
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Na’vi Porn: It’s Not So Complicated
01.15.2010
04:10 pm
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Feeling depressed and suicidal over not being able to visit the “real” Pandora?  Wondering what it might be like to copulate with 9-foot tall blue aliens?  Well, Dangerous Minds reader, if you answered yes to both of those two questions, you are not alone!  And as a possible consolation to your despair/curiosity, Alternet suggests it’s only a matter of time before Na’vi pornography hits our event horizon.  Author Vanessa Richmond explains why that might not be strange at all:

Early designs for the Na’vi ?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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01.15.2010
04:10 pm
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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Thee Psychick Bible (Part 2)
01.10.2010
10:32 pm
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Second installment of a two-part, in-depth conversation with cultural engineer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge on the occasion of the publication of THEE PSYCHICK BIBLE: A New Testameant, a compendium of Gen’s writing on magick, the occult and sexuality. Part one is here.

READ ON
Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.10.2010
10:32 pm
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Stern does Palin real good
01.07.2010
11:24 pm
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Howard Stern’s take on Sarah Palin’s audio book. Truly hilarious and definitely NSFW. You just know she’s going to complain to the media and/or try to sue him when she gets wind of this.

Thank you Ynohtna Oimefue!

 

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.07.2010
11:24 pm
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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Thee Psychick Bible
01.03.2010
11:33 pm
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Happy 2010! We’re starting off the new decade right with the first installment of a two-part, in-depth conversation with cultural engineer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge on the occasion of the publication of THEE PSYCHICK BIBLE: A New Testameant, a compendium of Gen’s writing on magick, the occult and sexuality. Part two will be posted next week.

READ ON
Posted by Richard Metzger
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01.03.2010
11:33 pm
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Sister Wendy on “Piss Christ”
12.14.2009
04:45 pm
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Sister Wendy, the art lovin’ nun and a clearly flummoxed Bill Moyers discuss Andres Serrano’s controversial photograph “Piss Christ”. There’s something delightful about the way in which she calmly damns Seranno with faint praise and generally defends her appreciation for erotic imagery in this clip. Go Sister Wendy, go !

Posted by Brad Laner
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12.14.2009
04:45 pm
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Gropenhagen: Danish prostitutes offer climate summit sex gratis
12.05.2009
04:35 pm
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An industry not known for giving freebies—ever—has decided to offer its services gratis, just in time for the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen. When Copenhagen’s mayor, Ritt Bjerregaard, sent off a message to local hotels urging them not to assist hotel guests in town for the event hooking up with… well… hookers, the pros struck back.

The postcards the city council sent read, in part: “Dear hotel owner, we would like to urge you not to arrange contacts between hotel guests and prostitutes.” The local prostitutes became furious, protesting that the council had no right to interfere with them plying their perfectly legal—and the world’s oldest—profession.

From Der Spiegel:

“This is sheer discrimination. Ritt Bjerregaard is abusing her position as Lord Mayor in using her power to prevent us carrying out our perfectly legal job. I don’t understand how she can be allowed to contact people in this way,” SIO Spokeswoman Susanne M?ɬ?ller tells avisen.dk.

M?ɬ?ller adds that it is reprehensible and unfair that Copenhagen politicians have chosen to use the UN Climate Summit as a platform [to target] sex workers.

“But they’ve done it and we have to defend ourselves,” M?ɬ?ller says.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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12.05.2009
04:35 pm
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Gl?ɬ?gg: Holiday Spirit of the Gods
11.16.2009
10:57 pm
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Gl?ɬ?gg is the drink of the Gods. And now that we are on the veritable cusp of the holiday season, there is NO good reason not to make up your own batch to share with family and friends. Yes, it’s mulled wine, but with a hilarious name, and the more you drink, the funnier the name becomes, and the more you laugh about the name, the more you drink. Get it? Instant holiday cheer!

Gl?ɬ?gg is mulled wine with some spices and whatnot in it. Here’s a well-reviewed recipe.

The Scandinavian Insider reports on the sordid world of Gl?ɬ?gg parties:

Most gl?ɬ?gg parties aren?

Posted by Jason Louv
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11.16.2009
10:57 pm
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