Spread The Love With #CondomEmoji: World AIDS Day, 1st December
Though we don’t hear about it much in the news these days (except in unison with the name Charlie Sheen), globally, there are currently an estimated 34 million people who have the HIV virus. Which is why World AIDs Day, which happens tomorrow, is a timely reminder of the importance of safe sex.
To coincide with World AIDs, Durex, has launched a campaign calling for the creation of the world’s first official safe sex emoji. Launched less than a fortnight ago, the campaign has seen people from around the world calling for the creation of the #CondomEmoji and more than 2 million people viewed this humorous video about the need for the emoji.
The need to re-think the way we discuss safe sex with 16 – 25 year olds is backed up by research conducted by Professor Mark McCormack at Durham University, which found more than a third of 16 – 25 year olds don’t care about safe sex and a quarter believe HIV/AIDS is an issue that mainly only affects people in Africa.
It’s concerning that 16 – 25 years show such apathy towards safe sex. The solution? Speak to them a in a language they’ll understand: emojis!
Do You Date Online?
Have you ever used Match.com? I did 10 years ago and dated three men who turned out (respectively) to be an engineer, an art historian and a barrister. Not bad odds. So what about Tinder? I had a quick look at this app and it looks like sex comes easy – to some. Slide the screen across to the left, and simply choose the heart to accept, or X to decline. It’s great to meet people fast in your vicinity, if you get a match – then what? What about Zoosk? You can download this app and connect with people easily too – however you need to pay (handsomely) to chat or message people. I think a lot of us find ‘window shopping’ for potential hook-ups, dates, sex or relationships appealing right? You select and speak to men or women, on your terms without any physical contact. It bets wasting time blind-dating or speed-dating perhaps? Make sure you articulate what you want on these digital dating sites, and it might keep you busy for a while, until the novelty wears off. There are also other dating apps that are globally popular including: Let’s date, e Harmony, OK Cupid, PlentyofFish, Howaboutme, Badoo and Grindr for gay men.
Digital dating is something that is here to stay: transactional relationships, casual intimacy and the occasional marriage.
What are your thoughts? Does it work for you? Why or why not?
Michael Hurst Talks Sex
“Creative Mornings” is a monthly forum (and a must) for anyone who wants to collaborate, listen, observe, assimilate, network or grow from the content of the speakers, and the people that attend.
Hosted at Q Theatre in the ‘Lounge’ with complimentary water from “Antipodes” and the coffee was “Supreme” – don’t mind if I do.
Michael Hurst spoke enthusiastically about directing ‘sex’ on stage and film, with the key subject matter being “Chicago” produced by Auckland Theatre Company and of course “Hercules” and “Spartacus”.
“When do we cross the line?” Michael spoke about what you can and can’t do on set and stage, for example an actor can suck a nipple however there can be no contact with teeth. Fair enough? Why is that? Too erotic, health and safety issue, or maybe it’s a legal matter. Interesting one.
He spoke about the difficulties with contractual obligations with actors and full nudity being a stumbling block. Also, directing scenes in “Spartacus” with male actors and using prosthetics when necessary.
Never mind the relationship issues it can cause the actor when they go home to their partner? How do they deal with this? In my experience there are rules between couples and obviously insurmountable trust. Break it and you lose the love of your life.
Great subject matter at any time of the day!
Relationships At Work: Do You Dare?
Have you ever had a relationship with a colleague, or (maybe) your boss?
Sometimes, you can meet the most incredible people in the workplace, right? You normally share (some) common ground, due to working in the same industry, so what happens if you take it further?
Do you keep your relationship strictly professional in the office, and romantic after hours?
Apparently some New Zealand employers (including Air NZ, Fonterra, Telecom, NZ Police, Defence Force) are taking the above quite seriously: ensuring you sign a contract promising “not to have sex with staff.” If you enter a relationship with a colleague, you need to disclose the status quo straight away, or face the (possibly legal) consequences.
Have they gone too far, do you think?
I have had two historical relationships in my (previous) workplace’s sometime ago, and actually married one of them!
So naturally I have an opinion.
Good luck corporates!
LOVE Questionnaire: Sponsor For #projectsalt
LOVE Questionnaire: Sponsor For #projectsalt
1. What is LOVE (in your opinion)?
The feeling you have for the people who mean the most to you and who can make you smile when no one/nothing else can.
2. Do you believe in love?
3. What are your dreams re above?
To give as much as I receive.
4. Who was your (childhood) sweetheart?
The sister of a friend.
5. When did you first feel butterflies in your tummy?
When I was 7.
6. Were you ever besotted with anyone? Why and for how long?
Yes, during university for 2 years.
7. What has changed for you now (present day) with the word ‘love’?
It becomes absolute when you have a child.
8. Have your ever written love poetry? Or love notes?
No. Songs, yes.
9. Do you believe in love at first sight?
10. What is the most (important) lesson you have learnt through…
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Coen Talks About ‘salt’
“There are so many avenues, which you can go down in this piece, individuals perspective, social stigma, mental disabilities, art and creators. It’s a very rich piece. I personally enjoy exploring the push and pull between the characters, as to me it feels that they are both pushing each others’ boundaries.
My rehearsal experience has been a new one for myself, all of which has been on the character development front. I am enjoying the process, as it is opening up a new avenue. Working together with Jess and our Director Melissa is great. Both are so into what they do, it has been a lot of fun discovering the piece.” – Coen Falke, ‘salt’
Rehearsal Room – salt
Working on ‘salt’ (as writer/director), is continually a ‘treasure trove’ of possibilities, with Coen and Jess.
Creating new work is my absolute passion – breathing life into these characters (Henry & Lilly) and listening inwardly and outwardly, for both quiet and noisy ‘human’ discoveries.
Mental health (cyclothymia) brings suppressed feelings, then honesty. Or not?
Is anyone ever honest with themselves, when ‘love’ is involved?
Filming trailer for ‘salt’ tomorrow will be a blast. Think love in abstract form, interactive landscapes and truth.
#projectsalt is just over three weeks, from being a reality!
“Truth in theatre is always on the move.” – Peter Brook
What Is #HashTag?
Amour: What is Love?
After watching this brilliant masterpiece, (film) called ‘Amour’ I had a lot of questions.
When you love a person, for a (long) duration, say 60 years, how is the relationship affected when one party becomes disabled, demented, or institutionalised (for medical reasons)?
Do you continue to love that person – the same way? Or is it too emotional, to see your partner unravel into something unrecognisable?
‘Amour’ is about a French couple called Georges and Anne, who are retired music teachers, both in their eighties. They knew each other inside out, and exposed their vulnerabilities, until suddenly everything changed.
Georges goes through his own journey, about whether he can live with this woman anymore, who he fails to know.
Love is also a great journey of discovery, of uniqueness and growth, and pain.
If you only love once in your life – you are privileged.
How Far Would You Go?
Just a normal day, working in an American burger bar suddenly turns awry. ‘Compliance’ is a film based on true events, about an employee who is targeted for (supposedly) stealing money from a customer, by a fake police officer. The prank call – goes from an accusation – handled by a female (gullible) manager to a rape. Hold onto to your seats. Firstly, the fake cop on the other end of the phone, instructs the manager to strip-search her employee for hidden money (that never existed). Then more colleagues are pulled into the interrogation, to guard the offender: one man is asked to slap the teenager’s naked bottom, for her being disobedient. Wow. Can this really happen, in real life?
Yes, is the answer. It happens a lot, more than I ever imagined – all over the world. Interesting drama on what can happen, if we trust too much. Do you always believe, who you are talking to, as gospel?