He might be the sexiest vampire we ever had the pleasure to lay eyes upon and since he knows what it is like to get bullied (“god hates fangs”) True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård made this PSA:
If you have a really, really, really slow day…
…why not watch a complete 7-hour-long train ride through Norway set to electronic music? ;)
We Shall Overcome (original title: Drømmen) is about 13-year-old Frits who has fallen out of favour with the headmaster of his provincial school. The year is 1969. The world is changing rapidly and corporal punishment has been banned. The tyrannical headmaster, however, hasn’t bothered to notice.
Frits spends his summer holidays watching the family’s first television, and is influenced by the winds of change. Martin Luther King’s speeches and dreams of a better life have armoured Frits with courage and the desire for rebellion. When the headmaster steps over the line during punishing Frits, the boy takes up battle against the authorities. The story is based on actual events.
The cutest reason to get Spotify, right here ;)
I’ve been looking at statistics regarding the correlation between instances of STI and HIV infection and how sex is viewed in various international societies. While many factors affect the rates of infection, it is apparent that the sex positive countries of the world have some of the lowest instances of STIs and HIV. I consider a country to be sex positive when the prevailing attitudes and governing bodies see STIs and HIV infection as the problem rather than human sexuality, there is less contradictory censoring of sex in the media, and sexual education is comprehensive, accessible and stresses gender equality.
Before we begin, I would like to say that it is important to note that I am an American who has spent the majority of my years in the United States and that I will be making generalizations and assertions based on research and personal experience. Even the information I’ve gotten from the World Health Organization (WHO) has an agenda and cannot account for or represent all the people in a country. I highly recommend that you do your own research and ask your own questions. To aid you in your research I will list my sources and provide links within and at the end of this post. With that said…
I’ll start with the sex positive country that produced this short film and then move onto a country that has banned such expressions of sexuality in the mainstream media.
The video above is an extended film version of an advertisement from the Swedish website Knullträdet. The aim of the video and the website is to combat Sweden’s instances of STIs and HIV by getting people ages 18-25 to see their number of partners from an infectious disease point of view rather than a personal point of view. Infectious diseases require a host to thrive in and will enter into anybody in which they can survive. For example, person A has sex with person B who has had sex with ten people; from the infectious disease point of view, person A is having sex with eleven people. Supporters of this train of thought believe when STI and HIV transmission is looked at in this way disease becomes more of a reality and using condoms becomes more reasonable and thus more likely to happen. This advert was released in an effort to thwart Sweden’s recent rise in chlamydia infections. What the filmmakers have done is make STIs and HIV the problem instead of sex. This approach is something that is still considered quite radical in countries like the United States.
That’s why this film was deleted within hours of being on YouTube (a US based company owned by Google). According to the YouTube Community Guidelines: "YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content." There’s no doubt that in the United States many would consider this film pornographic as it includes nudity and depictions of sex. You might be thinking: Isn’t the US one of the top producers of pornography… particularly on the Internet? Why would this matter in such a country?