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To age or not to age

In this panel discussion moderated by Robert Kane Pappas, director of To Age or Not to Age, distinguished panelists debate the future of anti-aging research.

Panelists include: Dr. Robert Butler, Gerontologist, Psychiatrist & Pulitzer-Prize Winner, President and CEO of the International Longevity Center; Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Biomedical Gerontologist, Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation; and Dr. Leonard P. Guarente, Novartis Professor of Biology, MIT, Director, Paul F. Glenn Lab for Science of Aging.

(h/t aubrey de grey)

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Transsexualism is not a mental illness in France

Transsexualism is no longer considered a mental illness in France, the first country in the world to leave the list of psychiatric disorders by a decree published in the Official Journal. The decree of the Ministry of Health removed "early problems of gender identity" of an article of the Code of Social Security on "psychiatric long term."

Roselyne Bachelot, Minister of Health, announced May 16, 2009, on the eve of World Day of the fight against homophobia and transphobia that transsexualism is no longer considered a psychiatric condition in France.

"France is the first country in the world no longer regarded transsexualism as a mental illness, welcomed Joel Bedos, head to the French Committee IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia).

(Original post, in French)

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The ethos of the erodome

For those confused by the narrative structure of this series, currently I’m alternating between describing some of what I experienced in Black Rock City, also called Burning Man, and a story that I heard there. The story was so rich as to be an experience, and a woman named Lucille was involved in both. One does not meet that many young women who are authentically open rather than reckless about their sexuality, so she was something of a true example. As one of her peers familiar with the occult described her, she was the living incarnation of Venus on the playa.

As for myself: the existence of the erodome offered me opportunities to explore; that’s where these photos (such as the one above) were taken, though I only did one photo session there. The erodome was a large, white geodesic dome, with several air mattresses, a thing called the Monkey Rocker (a mechanical selfucking device – google it, it’s very cool), a safer sex station with condoms, lube, wipes and so forth, and a magnificent oval mirror I brought from Reno.

And there were some beanbag chairs placed randomly in the space. The ethos of the erodome was, anything goes, at any time; be cool with people; have fun. Our camp, Poly Paradise, had an erotic theme, and I think that we all assumed that basic group sex boundaries were part of what most people brought in with them. Basically, those boundaries are: mind your distance until you’re invited; if you feel an opening, ask. Group sex requires both surrender and restraint.

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To Age or Not to Age?

Aubrey de Grey will be speaking at the nationwide premiere of TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 in New York City.

More information - More screenings

The New York City screening will be followed by a live panel discussion which will be simulcast to venues screening the film nationwide and will stream live online.

Panelists include:

Dr. Robert Butler, Gerontologist, Psychiatrist & Pulitzer-Prize Winner; President and CEO of the International Longevity Center

Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Biomedical Gerontologist; Chief Science Officer, SENS Foundation

Dr. Leonard P. Guarente, Novartis Professor of Biology, MIT; Director, Paul F. Glenn Lab for Science of Aging

Dr. Gordon Lithgow, Biomolecular Geneticist; Head of the Lithgow Lab, Buck Institute on Aging

Moderated by Robert Kane Pappas, director of TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE

The scientists featured in TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE have found the means to postpone and possibly mitigate diseases tied to aging, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes. Genes that control aging, among them SIRT2/SIRT1 genes, when altered, may, as a side effect, increase our lifespans.

(h/t IEET)

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Call for Models: Facial Piercings & Body Mods

I found this call for models over at BME Modblog.  It looks like a great project.  If you are interested, please get in touch using the info below. - a


I’m looking for some assistance in finding people with excessive facial piercings and those who have had body modification.

Mark Seliger, is releasing a book this year made up of his personal work of nudes, landscapes, still lifes and portraits.   Many of the portraits he has taken are of people with excessive facial piercings or have had body modification.   I have attached some references of those we have already shot.

We often travel for work so if you know of people around the country, please do send any and all suggestions our way.
Compensation is $200 (negotiable) plus a print from the shoot.

Mark Seliger Photography | 162 Charles Street | New York, NY 10014
T 212.929.7550×218 | F 212/929.4215 | C 617/512.2968 |

Here are a few samples of the photographer’s work:

2009-063-b-01_watermark 2009-111-a1_1awm 2009-111-h15_2awm

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Building a Hologram for Sex

This continues a series of posts from events and explorations conducted at Burning Man 2009.

Lucille. Photo by Eric.

Over the next few days in a series of conversations with Bill, Lucille and two others who had worked at Pueblo, I filled a notebook. As I assembled the facts and opinions from many small bits and long sagas, I started to get a basic idea of what was created and what had happened; though the elements of the story didn’t fit together neatly. The human side was more interesting than the technical side, though one is necessary as a frame of reference for the other: so let’s start with the technology. That was the setting, and in many ways it defined the mindset. Everything that happened was documented. And, by mutual agreement, everyone saw everyone else’s playbacks.

In 1995, Pueblo Systems set up a new company in Berkeley called Vector Technologies. Vector was funded with the lavish profits from Pueblo’s extremely popular photo software, and its first program was marketed five years later as the first commercial holographic imaging software. There was always a public face of the company, and a vast dimension behind the veil. Products being sold in schools and being used to put out The Wall Street Journal were being funneled into Vector, whose initial mission was to create erotic holography: highly responsive three-dimensional porn, where the viewer was a participant.

Pueblo’s owners knew that this was the future of erotica: something that people could participate in directly, rather than just being a remote spectator. They were correct in predicting this trend. At the time, pornography was a total abstraction of relationships: one would watch the sex rather than experiencing it directly, and rather than doing anything relational with the actors. Indeed, in conventional porn, the actors might occasionally look into the camera, but never talk to the viewer, much less respond. This inverted that concept completely: in holoporn, the viewer was in the scene and the scene was in the viewer’s home.

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On Gender Equality, Swedish debates

For those interested in the idealistic power of the Swedish model - whether the wider economic/social one or the prostitution law - I've begun to try to figure out how the idea of mainstreaming Gender Equality policy and the role of State Feminists end up making a lot of us feel annoyed or unfeminist or worse. Three things have been published in English on a news site called The Local:

1- The pleasures of dissent: Not?

2- Violence against women: Too much of a bad thing

3- Good sex, equal sex: Who has the best sex?

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Greg Oden Still Deserves Respect and Support of Rip City

By now the entire city (the entire nation most likely) has either seen or heard about the nude pictures posted online of the Portland Trail Blazers’ #1 draft pick Greg Oden. They were flat, tabloid style, internet quality,  mirror and cell pictures that garnered an immediate and outrageous reaction from fans, local and national media alike. At first glance, I saw a fairly unremarkable penis. However, for those of us that were up early enough, one could practically hear Portland’s collective hearts drop: another Greg Oden problem and another tragic circumstance to add to the list. Right after “Tragedy: 579874398745986: Brandon Roy sustains recurring and nagging injury-Sidelined Indefinitely” we can now add, “Tragedy: 579874398745987: Greg Oden has nude pics all over the internet and beyond”.  
For many Blazer fans this is the last straw. 
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Policy on Intersex people

Adopted at Socialist Alliance's 7th National Conference, January 2010


Intersex people are people born with physiological differences that may be seen as being both male and female at once, not wholly male or female or as neither male nor female.

Intersex people are subjected to discrimination in employment, in housing, in the provision of medical services, and the provision of government services.

There are no laws preventing discrimination against intersex people.

Intersex children may be subjected to non-consensual surgery so that their bodies conform to dominant ideas of what constitutes a ‘male’ or ‘female’ body. Non-consensual genital surgery is particularly controversial and where there is little debate against prohibitions on female circumcision, similar procedures on intersex people happen with little community comment.

The Socialist Alliance rejects pathologising definitions of intersex such as “disorders of sexual development”. The difficulty for Intersex is not differences in anatomy but rather how those differences are perceived by the community.

Social prejudice against non conforming bodies such as intersex, are the issues that needs attention. Intersex people should not be compelled to change their bodies, their behavior, or themselves to meet mainstream social expectations.

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The Heart of Polyamory: Primarily Secondary

By Millie Jackson

Although contentious, commonly used terms in polyamory are “primary”, “secondary” and “tertiary” which represent different levels of relationships. The controversy stems from how the terms are used and if they imply status for lovers or simply reflect the degree to which a lover is involved with the day-to-day life of a partner. Many people object to the hierarchical implications but begrudgingly use the terms because of a lack of good alternatives.

“Primaries” typically live together, share expenses, may raise children together and, whether married or not, are usually overtly acknowledged by friends, family, co-workers and the like as being a couple. “Secondaries” tend to be romantically and sexually involved without sharing as much of the practicalities of day-to-day living associated with a “primary” relationship and may not be publically acknowledged as lovers. “Tertiaries” have even less if any involvement in day-to-day living, often live out-of-town and/or have other circumstances that cause contact to be infrequent, sometimes with visits limited to a few times a year or less.

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