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New Medication Against Homophobia and Other Prejudices

(Blogmensgo, gay blog of December 16, 2015) Available now in select French pharmacies: Préjugix 200 mg, the new drug against virulent homophobia and eight other pathological discriminating prejudices. What a fabulous idea!

Préjugix poster

Which one of them may be the housewife? 😀 ©OS.

On December 12, all pharmacies in the small town of Villeneuve-sur-Lot in southwestern France started selling around 5000 boxes of the new “medication” Préjugix 200 mg. The first box is free of charge, every one beyond that costs 1 EUR.

Besides the medication itself, each box contains nine package inserts, one for each of the nine treated pathologic conditions like: Discrimination, phobia or prejudice towards senior citizens, women as victims of domestic violence, physically handicapped people, young people, people suffering from depression and so on – up to homosexuals.

On the front, each package insert features a description of the “pathology” and on the back, suggestions on how to heal, prevent or avoid it, plus the address of the corresponding partnership organization. The participating interest group against homophobia is called “Le Refuge” (the refuge), a French organization helping young victims of homophobia, lesbophobia and transphobia.

notice Préjugix

Placebo effect guaranteed! :mrgreen: ©OS.

Despite its very professional presentation, Préjugix 200 mg is quite obviously a joke article, a prank. No doubt, it is an ingenuous idea with an artistic flavor; even more, it is a great way of communication and addressing prejudice and bias such as homophobia and others.

The artist behind the idea is Patrick Delpech, aka “Pyropat”, and his organization Open Space (OS). The idea was put into practice via crowd funding: 32 internet users invested €1570, which is more than originally planned.

In addition, local groups such as Le Refuge, the mayor’s office of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, about 15 pharmacies and several general practitioners supported the initiative.

Comment: It is too late now to buy a box of the new “drug:” Préjugix 200 mg is already out of stock.

The organizer of this initiative has patented the name Préjugix in order to prevent others from stealing the idea.

What would be a good translation for Pyropat and OS to use in case they (or some partner organization) wanted to bring this idea to other countries? For English, Prejudix seems obvious as a “drug” name. Or what about Anti-Discrimine, Phobex, Hatred-off or Tolerancine? ☺

Frank-S / MensGo
(Via French press articles, such as Handicap.fr of December 14, 2015)

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