Related Shows The new off-Broadway mounting of Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo: Homelife and The Zoo Story has been extended by off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre. The production, directed by Lila Neugebauer, will now run through March 18. The single evening featuring a pair of Albee’s acclaimed works began previews on January 30 and will officially open on February 21.The first act of Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo features Homelife, centered on Peter and his wife, who live a comfortable but vaguely unhappy bourgeois existence. In the second act, the classic The Zoo Story, Peter is forever altered by an oddly persistent stranger in Central Park.The production stars two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran, Tony winner Robert Sean Leonard and Emmy nominee Paul Sparks. The creative team includes Andrew Lieberman (scenic design), Kaye Voyce (costume design), Japhy Weideman (lighting design) and Bray Poor (sound design). View Comments Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo Show Closed This production ended its run on March 25, 2018
What is pup play? Study explores new sexual subcultureWhat is pup play? Study explores new sexual subculture
LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share Pinterest Email Researchers have begun to examine the sexual behavior known as “pup play.” A new exploratory study, published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, helps provide a basic understanding of the behavior to enable future research.The qualitative study consisted of interviews with 30 gay and bisexual young men in the United Kingdom who participate in pup play, a sexual activity in which people imitate the behavior of young dogs.Pup play often involves playing fetch, petting, biting, licking, cuddling, and barking, the participants explained. They also noted that bondage-related “pup gear” — such as muzzles and restrictive gloves — is common in pupplay. The activity also usually involves an element of domination and submission, where a “handler” acts as the dominant partner and a pup acts as the submissive. Nearly all of the participants said pup play was not related to zoophilia or the so-called “furry” community.PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Liam Wignall of the University of Sunderland. Read his responses below:PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Wignall: My research agenda focuses on kinky sexual subcultures more broadly and part of this is chatting with people from different kink communities. One of the activities that kept coming up was pup play – it seemed very popular at the time as an easy route into exploring kinks. Naturally the first thing I did was check Google scholar for research on pup play, but there was nothing there. I saw an opening! I wanted to research it from a non-pathologising perspective and find out what it was about and why it was becoming so popular among kink circles, particularly the gay/bisexual kink communities.What should the average person take away from your study?Pup play exists as a sexual kink and a social activity. Individuals like to take on these animalistic qualities and do it for a variety of reasons. Firstly, it can be a form of relaxation. You can enter an ‘alternative’ headspace and forget about worries or stresses of everyday life – you’re thinking becomes more instinctual and you become more pleasure orientated. Secondly, it can be incorporated with other kink activities and be a light form of submission/domination play. Finally, it varies to how much pup play mixes with an individuals’ non-kinky life. For some, pup play might be a 24/7 thing, but for most, it is a separate part of their life, though they may enjoy the occasional strokes and treats.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?We have no idea if the benefits individuals describe when doing pup play last longer than the session. There is some research which has looked at hormone levels before and after kink play, but these seem to revolve around the giving or receiving of pain. It would be interesting to see if stress hormones decrease after engaging in pup play. The study also focused more on the individual and sexual nature of pup play and didn’t expand more on the social elements of pup play – there is a worldwide community of pups who interact and have this global support network. It would be fascinating to explore this more!Is there anything else you would like to add?Pup play is a complex kink with both social and sexual elements. My research was about opening up more discussions and hopefully paving the way for future research. No actual dogs were involved in this research, but all participants were given chocolate buttons as remuneration for their time.The study, “An Exploratory Study of a New Kink Activity: ‘Pup Play’“, was also co-authored by Mark McCormack.
Housing lawyers fear exclusion from dispute resolution processHousing lawyers fear exclusion from dispute resolution process
Housing lawyers have called an emergency meeting to discuss an influential human rights group’s work on resolving disputes amid growing concerns that the proposals could leave them out in the cold.Justice is taking a ‘fresh look’ at systems in place for resolving housing disputes as it says courts may not be the best starting point for such issues and current mechanisms are inadequate.While recommendations have yet to be published, the Gazette understands that some housing specialists are worried that lawyers will be excluded from any proposed process. The work will be discussed at an emergency Housing Law Practitioners Association meeting in London on Monday.Justice has convened a working party, chaired by Andrew Arden QC. Members include barrister members of HLPA, the principal solicitor at homeless charity Shelter, academics, judges and a HM Courts & Tribunals Service ‘observer’. Three sub-groups are looking at digitisation within housing disputes, current processes and user needs/alternative dispute resolution.Justice told the Gazette that it could not provide specific recommendations but said the themes around the current system include removing gatekeeping around homelessness, and strengthening the requirements for parties to work together to seek solutions to housing problems at the pre-action stage.Other themes are greater funding for early legal advice on a ‘wraparound basis’, harmonising the landscape, flexibility to allow ‘pop-up courts’ for possession and greater use of digital case files across administrative, court and tribunal decisions.A distinct idea for piloting a housing dispute service (HDS) ‘remains in contemplation’ and the working party has been consulting with housing practitioners.The Gazette was told: ‘The idea is for a holistic, investigative and non-adversarial dispute process, where all matters in issue between parties to a housing relationship and those that underpin the housing problem (benefits, mental health etc) are investigated, identified and adjudicated upon by the service.’Our tentative proposal is that the savings we anticipate will be derived from the service will be reinvested into publicly funded legal advice, with housing lawyers to advise parties through the HDS process at a sustainable rate of funding, which would have to be multiples of the current rate of funding for advice, to sustain quality, holistic housing advice.’The working party’s report will be published in February.
GERMANY: Alstom announced two orders to supply a total of 25 Coradia Lint regional diesel multiple-units from its Salzgitter factory on March 29.DB Regio Bayern has placed a €93m order for eight Coradia Lint 41 DMUs with 125 seats and 12 of the longer Coradia Lint 54 units with 150 seats. These are scheduled to enter service on the Dieselnetz Ulm network in two batches, with 15 arriving in autumn 2020 and the rest in autumn 2022.Hohenzollerische Landesbahn has placed a €23m order for five Coradia Lint 54 DMUs for use on the Bodenseegürtelbahn network in Baden-Württemberg. These will be identical to units which HzL ordered last year for the Ulmer Stern network, and are expected to be delivered together with the main fleet in June 2019. The two-car DMUs will have a maximum speed of 140 km/h, entry height of 620 mm, 18 bicycle spaces and seats in a ‘comfortable, spacious’ arrangement with almost every fixed seat having a table for laptops. They will also have CCTV, wi-fi and an entertainment and passenger information system with static and dynamic information monitors.