19th of November 2014
In a few days will be World AIDS Day (December 1st), the fight against AIDS continues in all fields from science to politics and of course in creative fields... In advertising they often play on visuals that would really make the message relevant and they can get very creative. Lots of campaigns have been made to date and they all say one thing, protect yourself and we would like to add you can do so easily. In the ones I have been looking at, I can categorize them in the following: 1- PROTECT YOUR SELF example1   example2 2-CONSEQUENCE example 3    example 4 3-POP CULTURE example 5    example 6 4-DANGER example 7    example 8  
14th of November 2014
A few months ago I was discussing with a friend about the last season of HBO's series 'Girls'. We both agreed that this season had lost its magic. He was arguing he couldn't put up with one more scene about the naked chubby body of Hannah Horvath (Lena Dunham's character), when I realised we weren't actually talking about fiction: we were having an argument about aesthetics and obesity. He doesn´t like Dunhams's breast 'not because of her being fat, but because her boobs aren't pretty', he said. But I've never heard him complaining about any tit he could ever seen in Game of Thrones. Later we talked about and celebrated the success of Uncut Girls Club, an Ethiopian initiative against female genital mutilation. It's not my intention to establish any comparison with violence against women in Africa, however it's clearly contradictory how our society understands physical aggressions as the crime they are, but justifies a natural way of disapproval towards the obese.   When some pictures of Scarlett Johansson's film 'Under the skin' were published and despite she isn't fat, she appeared completely naked, she was criticised for having curves. Judging someone according to the so-called 'lack of aesthetic' of being fat is not considered mean in terms of discrimination. Any erotic scene is commonly rejected if it isn´t about thin people, yet Rubens's paintings are still admired by the same people with this kind of prejudices. Overweight can be unhealthy, of course, but mostly of pressure is against anybody with some extra kilos, without taking into account health risks. I'd like to mention here the famous Truffle Shuffle Chunk's dance on the film 'The Goonies'. It´s difficult to see fat people like heroes in cinema or TV, in fact they usually have to play the funny, clumsy or lovable nerd stereotype. As every year, the spring heat will arrive... and you know what? Whether you like it or not, I'm getting ready to show my tummy rolls. The cult of thinness is not my cup of tea!   "A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women's history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one." Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women  
12th of November 2014
Philadelphia (1993) Tom Hanks plays Andrew Beckett, a hotshot Philadelphia lawyer who has been keeping his homosexuality, and the fact that he has AIDS, hidden from his conservative bosses. When he's suddenly and inexplicably fired, Andrew suspects that is because he has AIDS and is determined to fight in court, even as he is losing his battle against the disease. Beckett hires attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to represent him, but the lawyer must first overcome his own homophobia and fears. Director Jonathan Demme filmed this after winning the Oscar for SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. The amazing cast includes Antonio Banderas, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards... who were joined by a lot of the cast from SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Bruce Springsteen's haunting song "Streets of Philadelphia" plays over the memorable opening credits. This sensitive, moody film touches a vast array of subjects surrounding homosexuality, heterosexuality, family, death... without ever being sentimental or preachy, which is to its immense credit. An undoubted influence on society's growing acceptance of homosexuality, PHILADELPHIA reminds us how far we've come in that direction, and how far we still need to go. 2 Academy Awards: Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Original Song. 5 Nominations The Hours (2002) In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who's writing the novel mentioned before. Academy Awards: Best Actress (Nicole Kidman). 9 Nominations   Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1986 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live. He started taking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AZT, the only legal drug available in the U.S, which brought him to the brink of death. To survive, he smuggled non-toxic, anti-viral medications from all over the world, but still illegal in the U.S. Other AIDS patients sought out his medications skipping hospitals, doctors and AZT. With the help of his doctor, Eve Saks and a fellow patient, Rayon, Ron unintentionally created the Dallas Buyers Club, the first of dozens which would form around the country, providing its paying members with these alternative treatments. The clubs, growing in numbers and clientele, were brought to the attention of the FDA and pharmaceutical companies, which waged an all out war on Ron. Won 3 Academy Awards: Incluying Best Actor (McConaughey) & Supp. Actor (Leto) In conclusion these stories not only talks about the disease, they also talk about people fighting for their rights and love of life, from DAA we say that the best way to fight this disease is to prevent it in the first place which can easily be done with a condom and knowing your status.    
10th of November 2014
HIV/AIDS has undoubtedly had the greatest impact in the twentieth century, affecting all parts of society. The new disease became source of artistic inspiration that included the film industry.By now it has probably become the most studied disease in the history of medicine and that has generated a great number of publications -print and electronic- in addition to novels, poetry, plays, essays, speeches, films and other manifestations of human feelings through art. This article is presented in two parts, in which I present the five most interesting films about HIV made in recent years. All films are based on real events. Precious (2009) In Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in the hope that her life can head in a new direction. Clareece 'Precious' Jones (Gabourey Sidibe) is a high-school girl with nothing working in her favor. She is pregnant with her father's child-for the second time. She can't read or write and her schoolmates tease her for being fat. Her home life is a horror, ruled by a mother (Mo'Nique) who keeps her imprisoned both emotionally and physically. Precious's instincts tell her one thing: if she's ever going to break from the chains of ignorance, she will have to dig deeply into her own resources.This film won 2 Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actress (Monique). Yesterday (2004)The film reflects the plight of AIDS in South Africa. Yesterday is the name of a young South African (Leleti Khumalo) who lives with her daughter Beauty (Lihle Mvelase) in a village far removed from the city. Yesterday discovers that her husband (Kenneth Khambula), who works as a miner in Johannesburg, has been infected with HIV and realizes that her daughter will soon become an orphan. In December 2004, the year in which the movie was filmed in sub-Saharan Africa alone, 25 million people were estimated to be living with HIV. In the same year, around 2.3 million deaths due to HIV/AIDS were recorded there (the highest in the world). There are currently over 22 million people (adults and children) in Saharan Africa and South Africa, of which there are about 6 million people living with HIV and about 400 000 HIV-related deaths per year. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture. Tomorrow I will present the other 3 movies  
5th of November 2014
Brandon LaGanke, one of the film makers of the new video 'Drone Boning', has said: "If you can't masturbate to it, man, it's not a good pornography film." The film makers added that their work has social and artistic intentions too- you decide what they are. The film features heterosexual, gay and lesbian people having sex in lots of beautiful places in nature - and unlike other porn movies, much of the sex is simulated. You can watch the full video on the page Ghost + Cow Films, or here. Needless to say that it's sexually explicit, but only if you have very good eyes. First one to see if anybody is using a condom- as they should- wins a prize!
4th of November 2014
Being gay is not viewed as a natural thing in Russia as we know. A Russian company called ZEFS has ordered to dismantle a statue of the iPhone that was placed in a university campus as a memorial to Steve Jobs.  This is what the company has to say about the event:  “In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law. After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values.” Politican Vitaly Milanov claimed that he wanted to ban Tim Cook from Russia forever. He said, ”What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there”. Another interesting and shocking fact about anti-gay propaganda in Russia is that the computer game The Sims was considered too gay to be played by youngsters. I wish there was a solution to this problem; I can't think of any. Except education- again and again and again.
3rd of November 2014
Would you like someone to paint your whole Grindr profile, or would you take it as if they were making fun of you? In any case, Adam Seymour goes around Grindr trying to find interesting profiles as well as weird conversations and then he recreates them by painting them on paper. He has a whole collection of them and it got to the point when people suggested him new profiles to paint.Furthermore, he says some people have asked him to paint a friend’s profile in exchange for money. As to what the reactions are from people that see the paintings of their profile, Adam Seymour says that generally they think it’s quite cool. But he has had negative reactions too: some people take it as a violation of their privacy, but that’s a bit strange. Like Adam Seymour says, they were the ones who posted the pictures on public social media in the first place.You should take a look at some of the images he made, as they’re quite extravagant. And if you want to read more about artists and Grindr check out this other article
28th of October 2014
We received 120 condoms today that are just like Cinderella's glass slippers but for penises - They Fit! The UK-based condom company TheyFit were kind enough to send us 20 packs (each pack contains six single condoms) of their tailor-made wares. Their name stems from unique sizing that promises to match the right condom with right penis to minimize awkard situations and maximize safe-sex fulfilment. We opened one and the quality is top-notch. Enjoy our creative condom installation! Paul McCarthy who?   http://www.theyfit.co.uk/    
27th of October 2014
Some women nowadays are getting surgery 'down there' called labiaplasty in their hope to create perfect genitalia, but due to a lack of information about the potential risks of the procedure, this is not as straightforward as it seems. 'The Perfect Vagina', fronted by Lisa Rogers, is a documentary that explores the lives of women who got a labiaplasty for various reasons: motherhood, genetics and menopause. She investigates the myth of the "perfect vagina", to which all women should aspire- even if there are huge amounts of money, pain and effort involved. Where did this "ideal" come from? Why do women believe this kind of thing? These and other questions get answered HERE
24th of October 2014
We don't know what kind of magic this song has, but we just can't stop listening to it in the DAA headquarters! We've spent this entire week singing the song in an infinite loop. I even want to make a choreography, but I haven't convinced the gang yet... By the way, this song made us think that it doesn't matter how long you've been with your partner, always use protection! A couple should be trustworthy but there's always the risk that one of them (or both) could have had an affair and kept that a secret... I don't wish anyone to suffer the same problem as Madonna sings about in 'She's not me', but shit happens...   And besides taking precautions like using a condom so you won't get infected -or infect others-, anyone who's sexually active should be tested for HIV, so you know your status. Have a nice and safe weekend! Photo by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot for MDNA Booklet.  
23rd of October 2014
Pay attention to how a group of American youngsters react to a video of a gay couple proposing to each other. Some of their answers are just remarkable and some others are a bit shocking.   After watching this video, it made me think of what makes kids react one way or another. One of the most obvious reasons is how they were educated by their parents. But then I wonder, could their school environment also cause an impact on this kids’ beliefs?      In any case, I would like to ask you another question. Do you think this new generation of youngsters are more aware and open minded about homosexuality? This video could give us an idea to where we’re headed.
23rd of October 2014
Sasha Grey is an American actress who used to play in porn movies and who has become a mainstream actress since. In this video she joins the 'Creepy Text Theatre' to recreate horny messages of dating apps such as Tinder or Ok Cupid. They turn dirty texts, puns and requests of naked photos into comedy and it's hilarious! The actress is now promoting her new film 'Open Windows' by Nacho Vigalondo. That seems a bit ironic, because in the film she plays the role of a star who's being harassed on the internet by a fan (Elijah Wood). Don't miss this video, you won't stop laughing!
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