Tuesday, August 2, 2011

News, News, News!

The Femme Show
So much to share and so little time!  Well, here's the digest:  If you're able, please help Aliza, founder of Truth Serum Productions, who needs our support.  Truth Serum produces monthly drag shows, queer film events, burlesque life drawing classes, and regularly brings notable sex workers and related professionals to Boston to lecture and perform...in other words, lots of fantastic work.  But recently, Aliza suffered a stroke, so her friends have set up a fund to make sure she receives the care and space to fully recover.  Please donate if you can.

Also, I can't shut up about the Fourth Annual All New Femme Show, which runs on October 7th and 8th in Cambridge. I plan to be there and I hope you will be too.  If you've never heard of the Femme Show, you can find out more here.

Meanwhile, on the research front, a new study suggests that saying swear words actually stresses your brain.  (Thanks to Janeen for the fabulous link).  I've yet to look at the research in any detail, but I'm wondering whether this stress includes positive adrenaline spikes.  Positive stress counts too, after all, and I'm sure we'd be lost without it...  While we're at it, another report suggests that boys who masturbate are more likely to use condoms when they have partnered sex.  (Thanks for the link, Charlie Glickman).  The researchers stress that these initial findings merit further exploration.  But hell, it makes sense that those of us who take care of our bodies would...well...take care of our bodies, right?

And Part 2 of my new story Three Pink Boxes is now up at the Good Vibrations Magazine.  If you missed it, you can also read Part 1 here.

Now I need to go and relax.  Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a beer, methinks.

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