July/Aug 2012

FEATURED PRODUCT

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The Incredibly Easy PEE-ZEE:

The Pee-Zee is a portable, reusable and discreet (no bum show!) urinary device that lets you pee standing up (if you don’t already.) Great for field work, camping, rock climbing, boating, road trips, travelling, parties, festivals, nasty bathrooms, and so on. Simply undo your pants, slide underwear aside, and place the large opening firmly against your body. Angle the Pee-Zee toward your target and pee. Drag it forward away from your body and give it a shake. It’s small and foldable, making it easy to carry around with you, and you can even store it in the original packaging. Made of paper-thin, non-absorbent, recycled plastic.

13,90€, available in various colours

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JULY WORKSHOPS

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Experiences Being FtM with Kay Garnellen:

“Have you ever wanted to be on the ‘other side’ of your assigned/chosen gender….. even just for a day? Out on the street, shopping for groceries, going out to a bar or club? Have you ever been a drag king or queen? How do you think changing genders might affect your daily experiences?

I used to be considered a woman; now, I pass as a man…. but I’m neither of these. I’m a transgender person. And by changing my body to reflect more closely how I felt about myself I’ve experienced ‘both’ sides of society.

Of course, not every trans person sees their transition and their gender identity the way I do. There’s a lot of diversity in our community. So I’m not going to ‘teach’ you about trans people. I’ll be sharing my own experience (and the experiences of some others) of ‘going from one side to the other’: how it has changed my life, my day-to-day living, my interactions with people, my body, my sexuality, the people who are – or are no longer – attracted to me…. right down to how it has affected what I like or think.”

Where: Other Nature, Mehringdamm 79
When: Thursday, July 12, 8-10pm
Language: English
Cost: 4-8 € suggested donation

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Queer Bondage for Beginners with Ann Antidote (or ‘How you will never look at your shoelaces the same way again!’) :

In this workshop we will talk briefly about safety, but mostly we’ll be getting our hands busy with rope. We’ll look at very simple and practical ways to make that rebellious rope do what you want (and even look – wow!- nice in the end), try out some tools which will get you to tap into your own knowledge (however small), and have fun improvising.

This workshop is intended for people with very little or no experience with rope. People with more experience *might* profit from it, though we won’t be dealing with more advanced topics.

*Term clarification:
Queer as in “safe place” (no discriminatory or aggressive behaviour), self-reflective, and inclusive.
Bondage: the act of consensually tying up objects or human beings with an aesthetic or erotic intention.
Antidote´s project “The Sexual Life of the Savages”: An informal group of queer DIY artists, long-term bondage enthusiasts, and active utopists (http://strangesavagelives.net.tc).

**Some rope will be provided, but please bring your own if you can.

Where: Other Nature, Mehringdamm 79
When: Wednesday, July 18, 8-10pm
Language: English (or German, depending on need)
Cost: 10 € (7,50 € limited income)

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AUGUST WORKSHOPS

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Female Ejaculation with queer activist and performance artist Diana J. Torres:

Diana will be conducting an enlightening workshop on female ejaculation, revealing lesser known aspects of this – for too many years silenced – phenomenon of women’s sexuality. She’ll reveal practical techniques and tips, discuss theoretical approaches, and address some of the myths surrounding female ejaculation.

All are welcome to attend the workshop. No gender discrimination – everybody must know this about pussies!

About Diana:
Diana, born in Madrid, has a political-artistic queer-punk project that covers a lot of areas (poetry, essay, direct action, workshops, video, internet), but she feels most at home with performance and spoken-word. In 2006 she created “Pornoterrorism”, and has been perfoming it on underground city stages ever since. http://pornoterrorismo.com/

Where: Other Nature, Mehringdamm 79
When: Monday, August 6, 6-8pm
Language: English
Cost: 5-6 euros (reduced rate possible if needed – just let us know)

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EVENTS

Inbetween Illustrations Exhibition and Vernissage:

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Inbetween Illustrations is political art. It shows everyday life situations for people outside the gender binary and people rebelling against gender and body norms. Exhibiting at Other Nature from July 6 to August 31.

Performing at the Inbetween Illustrations Vernissage:

Lianne Hall (UK) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpjbNqGKS6U
Herrmann Herman (GER) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdpX3JO62PU

Where: Other Nature, Mehringdamm 79
When: Friday, July 6, 8pm
Cost: Free!

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PRODUCT REVIEW

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Unique Non-Latex Condoms (translated from original language into English):

Why do I use Unique non-latex condoms …

I have quite a lot of sex with condoms, because I’m not monogamous and take safer sex seriously. The problem with latex condoms is that when I use them often, they have unpleasant side effects (vaginal discharge, sensations ranging from irritation to inflammation), which are minimized in latex-free condoms. And then there’s the most important point, which is that latex condoms simply “feel real” – at least they do for me.

About a year ago, after many years of using latex condoms, I tried the much more expensive non-latex condoms for the first time and the difference was significant (not only for me but for my partner as well). And of the brands I’ve tried, Unique is not only the cheapest, but also the most comfortable. However, you do have to get used to the funny tabs, which you use to put these condoms on. But once that’s clear, they work great.

And, besides the price, what are the other disadvantages with non-latex condoms? A major shortcoming is that they are not as elastic as latex condoms (unfortunately this also applies to Unique), so they must be relatively quickly removed after pulling out, otherwise things could go very wrong. And that would be unfortunate, of course, especially when you’re having such a nice time.

But overall the advantages outweigh the disadvantages in each case.

- hiroprotagonist

Unique non-latex Condoms 3 pack: 5,00€

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