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Hi everyone!  I warmly welcome you to visit my official website www.circajoylynn.com 🙂 It has wonderful new pictures, press and links to projects near and dear to my heart.

Though I will no longer be maintaining this WordPress site, always feel free to stay in touch with me via www.circajoylynn.com, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Much love,
Joy Lynn

As many of you know, I had the pleasure of spending a few months in Paris to continue my study of the French language and work with Afrique Avenir, an amazing HIV/AIDS service organization that targets individuals from Western Africa and the Caribbean who are now living in the Paris metropolitan area.  For any of you who may be planning to spend some time in Paris in the near future, I have put together my top picks for what to do, where to eat and how to truly see la Ville Lumière.  The City of Light, the City of Enlightenment…

Franglish

Franglish
No matter your current conversational level in French, I *highly* recommend attending at least one of these events!  They are held in unique bars in a variety of neighborhoods throughout Paris, and it is a wonderful opportunity to meet and practice speaking one-on-one with really interesting locals:  7 minutes in French, 7 minutes in English, then switch tables!  I am still very close friends with many of the people that I met there during my time in Paris.

Brulerie Saint Roch

Brulerie Saint Roch
53 Rue Saint-Roch
This place is way under the radar, and it is some of the best coffee and light breakfast fare that you will find in this neighborhood – and it is wildly inexpensive!  The owner and the woman who work there do not speak English, but their friendliness and hospitality easily transcend that.  The clientele is almost exclusively local and there is no seating; only standing at high bar tables.  Their selection of teas is also insanely aromatic and delicious… I lived around the corner from this place and was there nearly every morning.

Patisserie Stohrer

Patisserie Stohrer
51 Rue Montorgeuil
My dear friend Adèle CEO and Founder of Le Livre Art Publishing used to live on this street, and this little patisserie wins the award Best Eclair au Chocolate in France every year.  The brioche à la praline and the poire bourdaloue tarte are also wonderfully delicious…

La Perle

La Perle
78 Rue Vieille du Temple
Where Galliano lost everything!  Also frequented by hip and trendy locals.  It is a touch more expensive than your standard café, but the food is innovative and it is ideal for people watching over a cocktail…

Le Rubis

Le Rubis
10 Rue Marché Saint Honoré
This is one of my absolute favorite wine bars in Paris.  The clientele is almost exclusively local, and the owner always serves you himself.  If you stand at the tin counter, you can taste a variety of small and inexpensive glasses of beautiful wine that are not available to patrons who choose to sit at the tables.  I think that this is the best way to explore the wines offered here… The owner and his staff do not speak English, but they are very patient with friendly foreigners.

Le Progrès

Le Progrès
1 Rue de Bretagne
Also known as The Bohemian’s Canteen, this super hip cafe is in a neighborhood frequented primarily by trendy locals.  Sit outside!  Rain or shine, this is one of the best places for people watching.

Chacha Club

Chacha Club
47 Rue Berger
Another gem recommended to me by my good friend Adèle!  A great place to get dolled up and socialize with the Parisian glitterati 😉  The food and drinks are incredible, and there are all sorts of secret rooms and little hideaways only accessible to those with passwords…  Check out their website, and you’ll see what I mean!  I just looked at their menu and I don’t see my favorite item, which is foie gras rolled in the most incredibly tender chicken.  If you go, you can always ask if they are still serving it.  It is really incredible.

Discover Walks

Discover Walks
It is unusual that I recommend a tour, but this particular company is very special.  These are tip-based walking tours with guides who are all native Parisians; because they were all born and raised in Paris, they have incredible stories and insights to share and their love of the city is infectious.  I recommend starting with the Left Bank tour; and, as you still have plenty of time left in Paris, you may actually want to do all six.  By the time you depart, you will truly feel like you have explored every corner of the city!

Mirror selfie, à Paris

Mirror selfie, à Paris

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Joy Lynn in Cape Town, South Africa: Circa December 2013

Me in Cape Town, South Africa:
Circa December 2013

I am so happy to have been invited by Lara Licharowicz of The Lara Touch to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour!  For the next two weeks, I will be posting a mixture of travelogue, photo story, academic writing and tips for safer, more enjoyable sex.

As many of you know, I have been in the process of migrating my blog to a new online home.  This move is still well underway, and I will keep you all posted on the progress on my new site – in the meantime, you can find me and my musings back here!

I also invite you to stay in touch with me on Facebook & Twitter – I’d love to hear from you!

More from me here, very soon… xojl 😉

hi pocahontas

hi pocahontas

Hi JL!  There’s this cool Redbull mural on the bodega next to the flat I’m crashing at in Wellington and it reminded me of you… I was walking with a friend Kara (who took me to a Filipino-Embassy sponsored multicultural celebration in town, in which she sang w the Filipino choir 🙂 and when I saw the mural I began talking about you.  I took the photo, wandered into the bodega to get a bedbull (ha), and the boy working there said Wow what interesting conversation you’re having.  Who is this girl?  Haha! so I tell him more and then gave him your blog address.  (He was cute, maybe you’ll get another random email from New Zealand someday soon.)  Anyway, to me you’re a star, and I speak highly of you and cheer you on in your good work and beautiful way.  Thanks for the twitter shoutout, glad you still enjoy the mix!  Happy day, Anthony


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I think this video is a wonderful reminder about Emergency Contraception… bear in mind though that, in the unlikely event of a condom breaking, it is often due to human error rather than manufacturer defect 😉

Have a safe and happy new year! Check back starting tomorrow for my daily Safer Sexy Tidbits, accessible through the link at the top of this page.

And now, for those of you who had as challenging a 2009 as I did (hence the saying, “2009, it’ll kill us this time!”), I will leave you with my good friend Rebecca’s New Year’s sentiment:

“2010, we’re better again!”

Wishing you only the very best,
Joy Lynn

Feature: Action Figure

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Women's Health December 2009

Women's Health Philippines, December 2009

Check out Ana’s blog for more on her work and my upcoming feature in Playboyhttp://anasantoswrites.com

Reasons to keep on kissing this holiday season…  xoxojl 😉

Earlier this week, we had our Winter meeting of the Trojan Sexual Health Advisory  Council.  I could barely contain my excitement, because we were all scheduled to convene at the prestigious Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University!

I helped to pick out some of the condoms shown in the movie Kinsey (keep your eye out for the Tri-Colored – that’s me!), and I have always viewed the Institute as a mecca of human sexuality.  I couldn’t wait to get there and gather with the other TSHAC members, Church & Dwight staff and special guests.

As I am happily compliant with my confidentiality agreement, I will simply show a few highlights of our meeting in photos, below  😉

Annahita speaks to the staff and Council during our walk through of the Kinsey Institute

Annahita speaks to the staff and Council during our walk through of the Kinsey Institute

Deborah and Logan, checking out the art on the walls at Kinsey

Deborah and Logan, checking out the art on the walls

Just a few of the books available for viewing at the Institue's private library

Just a few of the books available for viewing at the Institue's private library

Our tour of the stacks

Our tour of the stacks

Devices used for research at Kinsey

Devices used for research at Kinsey

An explanation of some of the items in the glass case

An explanation of some of the precious items in the glass case

A winter tradition:  handmade snowflakes at the entrance of the Institute

A winter tradition: handmade snowflakes at the entrance of the Institute (many with sexual innuendos)

A Phallic Pizza made for our dinner at Farm Restaurant

A Phallic Pizza made for our dinner at Farm Restaurant

I am already looking forward to our meeting in the Spring!  In the meantime, check back soon for news about TCP’s female condom animation focus groups in China

I adore oral history. One of my favorite things about traveling as much as I do is having the opportunity to talk to locals about where they live; I am continuously fascinated by the relationships that people have to the rich history of their communities.  Sitting in her living room and listening to Marie-Eve recount some of Quebec’s modern history, I found Montréal to be an increasingly inspiring place in which to work on the newest Female Condom animations. While I am not able to share any of our work-in-progress, you will have the opportunity to see the fruits of our labor circa summer 2010…

C'est magnifique

C'est magnifique

The Quiet Revolution is the name given to the period of 1960 through 1966 in Quebec history. The term was coined by a Canadian journalist who, upon witnessing the many and far reaching changes taking place in Quebec, declared that this was nothing short of a revolution – albeit a quiet one.

As Claude Bélanger wrote, “The period was also marked by intense social change. In the 1960’s, Quebec, indeed the world, was agitated by powerful currents of change. Liberal and leftist forces everywhere questioned the social order that had been accepted for so long. The current of decolonisation and the movement for civil rights made social and national inequities increasingly difficult to accept.”

"Masters on our premises"

"Masters on our premises"

The first major change that took place during The Quiet Revolution was the large-scale rejection of past values, including what were considered to be the three main components of French Canadian thought: agriculturalism, anti-statism and messianism.  In these respects, Quebec entered adamantly into a phase of modernisation.  Society’s outlook became more secular (as opposed to religious), and much of the traditionalism that had previously characterized the Canadian province was replaced by progressive, liberal attitudes; long standing proclivities such as high rates of marriage, birth and fertility were suddenly reversed.  Only nationalism continued with any vigour in the period of The Quiet Revolution, although in a significantly altered form.

In the words of Claude Bélanger, “However much it may be challenged today in its assumptions and contributions, the Quiet Revolution was a high point of Quebec History. It was a fantastic time to be young, to have ideas and ideals, to be alive, to wish to do things, to want to improve the world, to be a Québécois.”

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