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Things that Make My Life Easier: Pill Card

I bought the Pill Card on Amazon, but it was sold and fulfilled by SplaceCo. I paid a total of $2.99 ($1.99 + very reasonable shipping).

The Pill Card is exactly what it says on the tin. Actually, it didn’t come in a tin, but you know what I mean (or at least TV Tropes does!). Delivery was timely. While it seems that the Pill Card comes in several colors, there is no option to choose color when ordering. Mine is brown.

Sticker says:
Re-Pillable Card
A Wallet Pill Card
Place over the top
Credit Card, it fits!
Pills are a wallet reach away.
Read and remove.


Note: I can’t see a reason to remove the sticker, which is a good thing, since it is a really stuck on there sort of arrangement.


At 2.25 inches tall, 2.25 inches wide, the card is flat, and the compartment sticks out about .25 inch. Most OTC NSAIDs I tried worked fine. An 800mg ibuprophen is a tight squeeze, and a CitriCal Petite (which must be named ironically, I think) does not fit. There is a divider inside the compartment, so you could store, say, aspirin on one side and your Rx med on the other.

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Review of intersex film "XXY" and lecture "X's & Y's" at SAIC

I recently attended two events at The School of the Art Institute, both focused on intersex persons.  The first evening was a film, followed by a lecture presentation the next night. 

  XXY (2007), Directed by Lucía Puenzo and starring Ines Ephron as Alex. 

This film is extremely powerful as a direct result of simply being honest and unflinching.  It is the story of adolescence, of family, of honesty and the differences in how people deal with bullying.

In summary, the film centers on Alex - a 15 year-old intersex child, who has identified as a female.  She and her family live on the Ecuadorian seashore.  Her father is a biologist, rescuing endangered and wounded sea creatures.  One of the principal themes of the film is the presence of so many life forms.  Throughout human history, shore dwellers have encountered new creatures both living and dead, where the land meets the deep unknown. 

Alex's mother, Suli invites a surgeon, Ramiro, his wife Erika and their son Alvaro for a visit.  Suli has not told her husband Kraken that Ramiro is here to observe Alex.  He specializes in genital alteration surgery on intersex children.  It seems as if the two women might be friends of some sort and they are accompanied by their teen son.  She is interested in turning Alex into the daughter she wants to have.  Alex has been taking hormones to suppress the development of male puberty body changes.  Alex has stopped taking them.

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Broken Glass

Recently I was asked to write a review of a movie, something which turned out to be far more of a pleasure than a chore. It is something I really enjoyed doing, and I thank Anna from the studio and the director, Gustavo Camelot for the opportunity. With that, here is my review:

Broken Glass, a film by The Seventh Bottle Films, 2007.

This was for me an extremely complex and deeply emotional piece, filled with many different interconnected issues which were sensitvely and intelligently addressed by the creators.

We are introduced to Val (Valentina) - a woman who has grown up with her best friend Alessandra, who is in love with her.

An important backbone of the story is Val's grandfather, whose presence forms a theme that runs right through the story to the end. He was a priest and wine maker who bottled his own special wine, leaving a cache of special bottles to Val after his death, with instructions to open each one at a special or pivotal moment in her life.

Through his magical wine, he sets the pace and progress of this exotic and erotic emotional masterpiece. It is with the opening of each special bottle of his magical wine that different aspects of this story and hidden facets of the characters are gradually revealed.

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A user review for gel for the va-goo. (Known as BIO-FEM Instant Active Gel.)

While I have chosen a rather "comical" title for this review there is something very serious at the heart (or should I say vagina) of it.

Now, if like me, you are a female of the species. (Or you are dating one of these most alluring of creatures.) Or you own a biological vagina then you may experience the odd case of vaginal discomfort. You may know the cause, thrush, dryness, tight synthetic clothes or bacterial vaginosis (B.V.) Or the cause may be unknown.. But it's still a pain in the pant area... Well then Bio-fem is for you!

As a long term user of the Bio-Fem gel I can confirm that it cools any feminine troubles you may have 'down there.

The gel is made from a 2QR complex, this helps restore the vagina's natural PH balance, which is meant to be around 3.8-4.5 PH, as well as ensuring that harmful bacteria can't 'grip' onto the wall of the vagina. It also neutralizes the little buggering bacteria causing the discomfort and as the active ingredient 2OR is naturally based you don't worry about chemicals.

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Film review: Equality U (2008)

Recently, I attended a screening of Equality U (2008) at The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum as part of the Sex+++ Documentary Film Series.  This presentation's guest moderator was David Milhalfy.  He is a Ph.D. student at Univ. of Chicago Divnity School.  Assisting as always, was Lisa Junkin, Education Coordinator for the Hull House Museum itself.

Equality U documents a group of 33 young activists traveling to Christian Universities that have a policy of denying access to gay students.  Most if not all these activists are themselves Christian in some fashion. 

I care very much for the ability for anyone and everyone to be able to choose their own sex, gender and body definitions and identity.  I think it is awful that students find themselves in these universities hiding, lying and living in fear.  One statistic mentioned that BYU has the highest gay student suicide rate.  I think that treating people like that - the gang intimidation and bullying that comes from the student body and faculty being directed at these isolated and vulnerable students (who happen to be paying their tuition) - is an awful, awful thing.

And, so is this movie...but for different reasons. 

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Film review: Hot and Bothered: Feminist Pornography (2003), Bill and Desiree: Love is Timeless (2008)

        

Recently, I attended a double-feature at The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum as part of the Sex+++ Documentary Film Series.  This presentation's guest moderator was Serpent Libertine.  She is a sex-worker and member of SWOP-Chicago.  Assisting as always, was Lisa Junkin, Education Coordinator for the Hull House Museum itself.

Hot and Bothered: Feminist Pornography, directed by Becky Goldberg, profiles several women who are committed to making and supporting pornography, while maintaining their feminist values — as they take on the entire industry, fight sexism, and challenge stereotypes.

Interviewing several women involved in the production, direction, performance and distribution of adult films, many good points were brought up to consider.

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Film review: "Liberty In Restraint" (2005)

I attended the recent screening of Liberty in Restraint, a documentary about BDSM phtographer Noel Graydon directed by Michael Ney.  The film was shown at The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum as part of the Sex+++ Documentary Film Series.  This week's guest moderator was a prominent member of Chicago's BDSM community, assisted by Lisa Junkin, Education Coordinator for the Hull House Museum itself.

 
Judging the film strictly upon its storytelling merit or message delivery (this is a documentary) I found the film to be unfocused.  There were plenty of interviews with Noel, his friends and people he has photographed.  There were scenes of BDSM being performed in dungeons, photo shoots and gallery openings.  There were the obligatory scenes of people walking around and making phone calls, etc.  In terms of sheer cinematic presentation, it was rather flat.  It is a low-budget documentary film and not Ken Burns' Baseball.  Even with that understood, direction, purpose and relevance are by-products of decision making and composition - not budget.  There is plenty here to work with, but the film just didn't seem to me like it knew where it wanted to go.  It may be that for those who are well-versed in BDSM culture and sensibilities, this film has a clear point.  But, I doubt it.
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Book Review: Girl with a one track mind.

It could be said that the age of the sex blog has been and gone. It isn't shocking, new or liberating... There is nothing to be told that hasn't come before... And perhaps that is right. So when I came across the Mummy of sex bloggers, Abby Lee's book, in a charity shop the other day (for a meagre 25p) I had to buy it!

So, a book review of this now long published book seems to be in order... Mainly because my sex life had dried up as has my cunt.

Published in 2006 after the success of Abby Lee's blog "Girl With a One Track Mind" her book "Confessions of the Seductress Next Door, Girl With a One Track Mind" follows the same confessional tone of her online publishing.

The blurb says everything about this book... Mine reads "They say that men think about sex every eight seconds - I want to know what they do with the other seven..." And boy does she have fun trying to find out! Abby Lee keeps a diary of her exploits and the reader has the key to her inner most private moments and the thoughts attached.

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Film review: “On The Downlow” (2007)

Last week, I attended the latest screening in the Sex+++ Documentary Film Series.  These films are showing at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum each month on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday.  This week's guest moderator was Lisa Junkin, Education Coordinator for the Hull House Museum itself.

The film, "On The Downlow" was directed by Abigail Child and focused on the lives of several black, bisexual men living in Cleveland, OH.  Each man kept his gay sex a secret from some of the people in their lives.  It was interesting to see who each man would choose to hide it from and what his reasons were for doing so.

One man discussed life 'on the streets' as being too tough on gays for him to come out.  He spoke of the need to keep it strictly secret.  That changed though, when he spoke of his time in prison.  He spoke about his male lovers from prison and their relationships in open and glowing terms.  He kept love letters and photographs of his prison lovers, whom also kept their male sex partners a secret from spouses and girlfriends on the outside.

Two men chose to 'out' their bisexuality to women they had been dating, while the documentary crew was filming them.  This seemed a bit too 'Jerry Springer' for my tastes, but it also did show some every day realities of how people navigate these relationships.

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