Sex With Mystery Species
Sex with mystery species is not one of those taboo topics that get banned by Kobo censors, and it’s not a review of James Franco’s new novel either. It’s actually about something far more interesting, and serious.
The ancient genomes, one from a Neanderthal and one from a different archaic human group, the Denisovans, were presented on 18 November at a meeting at the Royal Society in London. They suggest that interbreeding went on between the members of several ancient human-like groups living in Europe and Asia more than 30,000 years ago, including an as-yet unknown human ancestor from Asia.
You can read more here. It actually suggests there could have been a new population of humans, thanks to interbreeding between Denisovans and some other population, creating something that’s neither human nor Neanderthal.
Judi Dench Says Gay
There’s a new film starring Judi Dench titled, Philomena. The plot revolves around a woman who gave up her son for adoption during a time when women weren’t supposed to have children out of wedlock and she finds the child as an adult years later and discovers he’s gay.
“You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Dench saying that she knew her son was gay, ‘but I just wondered if he might be bicurious.’ She also freely utters the terms ‘gay homosexual’ and ‘beard’ and says she’s fully aware that some guys don’t like to use condoms because it doesn’t feel as good. This is one instinctually savvy lady, one who seems to know most of the answers, even as she’s desperately looking for them. And she makes mention of her clitoris, too!”
You can read more here. For some reason I don’t get they seem to find it interesting when Judi Dench says the words “homosexual” and “beard.”
Queer Fan Art
Much like fanfic in publishing, the art world has something called fan art.
Fan art or fanart are artworks created by fans of a work of fiction (generally visual media such as comics, movies, television shows or video games) and derived from a character or other aspect of that work. As fan labor, fan art refers to artworks that are neither created nor (normally) commissioned or endorsed by the creators of the work from which the fan art derives.
If you follow this link you can check out a few examples of fanart of The Hunger Games. I’m not sure it would be legal to post them here. Even though the creators of the works are using someone else’s concept, I think it’s still their copyright. Some are actually very good. The one above I found at wiki commons. Click photo for attribution.
Coca-Cola No Gay Support
One of the biggest sponsors of the Sochi games in Russia is Coca-Cola. Allegedly, CC had indicated it won’t be taking a stand against the discrimination and abuse that’s been going on in Russia. And gay activists have plans of their own.
Gay rights campaigners are now planning to de-rail Coca-Cola’s marketing plan at the Olympics if they don’t change their mind, with a major publicity counter-offensive.
Digital activism group All Out has been demanding Coca-Cola should speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws, using their Olympics sponsorship as a platform.
At a time when so many are learning about good nutrition and rethinking their overall eating habits, you’d think Coca-Cola would give this some more thought. I can live without Coke.
Side note: I’ve been seeing LGBTI all over the place lately and didn’t know what the “I” stood for until I looked it up. According to this, it means “Intersex.” And what is intersex you ask? Intersex is another term for hermaphrodite. So far, I haven’t adopted the “Q,” as in LGBTQ, they were all trying to push down our throats for a while there. And that’s just because I don’t like the word Queer. To me, Queer is the equivalent of the N word. However, I’m fine with the “I” and I think this might have a chance to catch on. I might even start using it myself.