July 29th, 2008

Causing intentional internal damage during sexual intercourse

Hello all,

I joined this community because I really, really could not find what I've been looking for, neither in medical textbooks, biology textbooks nor on the internet.  I'm afraid my question might be considered a bit... ehrm... sick? But I'm still hoping  someone might have an answer to it. So here goes:


EDIT 1: I finally got around to adding a proper subject title. My apologies to everyone for taking so long - net connection problems can really be a drag.

EDIT 2: And thank you everybody who helped me sort this, rather gorss, thing out. I just finished writing the scene yesterday evening; I wouldn't have been able to do that without the help I recieved here.

Questions about being in films, 1940s Germany

I have a character who ends up in a Nazi propaganda film in 1940s Germany. (She knows this in advance and approves of it.) My main question: is there any particular sort of clothing, or colors of clothing, that she should or shouldn't wear? I'm thinking both in terms of it being black-and-white footage and because I know nothing about the practical nature of film-making in that period; I vaguely remember reading, for instance, that in the 1910s, indoor shooting was an extremely hot business.

I'd also be grateful for any information, or pointings in the direction thereof, of (to quote a friend who knows something about this period but not enough for my purposes) 'whether films were shot with direct or post-synchronised sound, or of how advanced the German industry was in this regard. Hollywood films of the period c. 1928 - 33 are notorious for stagey, static mise en scene because of the need to consider where the microphones were, whereas Italian films of the same period, which were always post-synchronised, maintained silent era camera fluidity.'

[He's doing a PhD in film so is allowed to use phrases like 'mise-en-scene'. :)]

It's for reasons like this that I'm a bit worried about simply picking up a biography of a Hollywood star of that period and trying to use the information there!

I know this is pretty obscure, but many thanks.

Autism diagnosis and treatment in the 1970s

Setting: 1977, California.

My pov character is taking her two-year-old son for a doctor's check-up. I assume that a 24-month or thereabouts check-up is standard in America too?

Firstly, I understand that in the USA, children's primary care is carried out by a paediatrician rather than a family doctor (not sure where the 'family' comes in in that case, but hey). Would this be in a practice/clinic in the local area, or does she have to go to a hospital? The setting is somewhere in Greater Los Angeles.

More importantly, the child is displaying the following behaviour:
-Doesn't talk much, although he understands a fair bit of vocabulary
-'Off in his own world'; he won't interact with the doctor at all, and isn't too co-operative with Mommy in the consulting room either
-Motor development lag
-Fascinated with patterns, shapes etc
-Lines things up in order of size, lays blocks in a line instead of stacking them, and so on.
-Is of above average intelligence, so far as can be determined

Is the doctor at this date likely to 1) make a provisional diagnosis of what would nowadays be called an autistic spectrum disorder and 2) tell the mother this if she presses for information? (She's a lawyer and a reasonable forceful personality).

In the late 1970s, what treatment would there be available for a child like this? I imagine intervention wouldn't be as early as it is nowadays. Would the doctor tell the mother to work with the kid and try to get him to talk?

I googled combinations of 'autism' 'treatment' 'history' and '1970s', and at this date I gather that the blame-the-mother attitude was just on its way out, so is this likely to affect the doctor's attitude? (There is an older child who is clearly neurotypical, bright and well-balanced, currently kicking his heels/doing maths homework in the waiting room, if that would make a difference.) Either way, there is a good set-up for my poor mom to feel guilty.

EAT: The consensus seems to be that he wouldn't get a diagnosis of autism that young in the 1970s. Given the motor delay and the language delay (oh, and he's on the small end of normal for size, but that's genetic, tall dad, petite mother), would the doctor suspect whatever they were calling global development delay back then? What advice would he be likely to give my character about the language delay in that case? (And what's normal vocabulary size for a 24-month old male second child, anyway?)