March 6th, 2009

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In memory of Pearl S. Buck

Pearl S. Buck (June 26, 1892 — March 6, 1973) also known as Sai Zhen Zhu, was a prolific American sinologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer. In 1938, she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces." With no irony, she has been described in China as a Chinese writer.

Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker Buck was born in Hillsboro, West Virginia to Caroline (Stulting; 1857-1921) and Absalom Sydenstricker, a Southern Presbyterian missionary. The family was sent to Zhenjiang, China in 1892 when Pearl was 3 months old. She was raised in China and was tutored by a Confucian scholar named Mr. Kung. She was taught English as a second language by her mother and tutor.

Buck was an extremely passionate activist for human rights. In 1949, outraged that existing adoption services considered Asian and mixed-race children unadoptable, Pearl established Welcome House, Inc., the first international, interracial adoption agency. In the nearly five decades of its work, Welcome House has assisted in the placement of more than five thousand children. In 1964, to provide support for Asian-American children who were not eligible for adoption, Buck also established the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, which provides sponsorship funding for thousands of children in half a dozen Asian countries.

Pearl S. Buck died of lung cancer on March 6, 1973 in Danby, Vermont and was interred in Green Hills Farm in Perkasie. She designed her own tombstone, which does not record her name in English; instead, the grave marker is inscribed with Chinese characters representing the name Pearl Sydenstricker.

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The Pet Promise by Kate Steele

Master Nerrin is a powerful mage; one year before he turned a man into a dog after the man killed his dog: young Kail agreed to replace the pet for one year. Now the year is over and Master Nerrin, faithful to his word, turns again Kail into a man... problem is that Kail doesn't want to be a man again since in his mind he is convinced that he will loose Master Nerrin's love. And so he resists to the changing, saving two distinct feature of his canine form, his ears and tail. Plus in his mind the pet is still stronger than the man, and he thinks more as a devoted dog than a young man.

This is all in all a western yaoi novella. Kail is the classical uke, all blushing and tears, all cuddle and petting. Master Nerrin is the classical caretaker Seme, the one that gently accompanies his pet to discover all the sexual potential he has in him, even when the innocent uke doesn't know what he really wants. Master Nerrin is gentle but firm, once he accepts Kail's plea to be still his pet, he will never allow to Kail to take back his decision.

At first Kail searches Master Nerrin's attentions since he wants back the feeling of love he had from Master Nerrin when he was a pet, but don't worry, there is no reference to "sexual" relationship when Kail was a dog: what Kail feels now is totally new for him, like Kail was a virgin at his first sexual experience. This is something that is not exactly clear: I don't know if Kail was so innocent even before he was turned in a pet, or if his actual behaviour is still a consequence of his unwillingness to be again a man: I believe the reason is this last one, since Kail behaves very much like someone who is facing for the first time a set of all new "human" emotions.

Anyway, if you like yaoi, and you like a nice and enjoyable long sex scene, The Pet Promise is a nice book; but mind you, if you don't like or know the Seme and uke's interactions, you probably will not understand this one, and Kail will result a very improbable character.
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Gay Commercial: Semina Gel

Sooner or later I had to post a commercial on lube! All right, the funny thing of Semina, is that it's a "gel lubrificante" both for GLBT people than hetero, at least according to its site ( whose first question is: Would you like to enter the GLBT site or the Hetero site? Don't ask me what you will find if you enter the GLBT site...

Commercial Closet Association

Company: Semina
Brand: Semina
Ad Title: Conscript
Business Category: Personal Products
Media Outlets: Television
Country: Brazil
Region: Latin/South America
Agency: Euro RSCG Worldwide
Year: 2008
Target: Gays