June 2012

Religious circumcision causes grievous bodily harm, German court rules

The regional court in Cologne, western Germany ruled on Tuesday that circumcising young boys on religious grounds causes grievous bodily harm. The case was brought against a doctor after a 4-year-old Muslim boy he had circumcised was brought to the hospital bleeding heavily a few days later.

50 Shades of Grey affecting sex shop sales

Some sex shops in Edmonton are crediting the bestselling trilogy “50 Shades of Grey” for a rise in sales of items featured in the books. In particular, blindfolds, handcuffs, and Smart Balls (for Kegel exercises), have generated more interest.

"I think it's fantastic that it is opening people's minds to things that they may not have tried before, and that they're wanting to find out about it and experiment.” Said Brenda Kerber, owner of Whyte Avenue's The Traveling Tickle Trunk.

Sex drug removed from Ontario shelves

Tests showing an unlisted ingredient in the sexual performance capsules Natural Vigor Maximus has cause Health Canada to pull them from Ontario stores. Dimethylhomosildenafil, the unlisted drug found in the product, can be harmful for men with heart problems.


Survey says we're slipping

A new survey commissioned by Durex of 29,000 people in 36 countries found that only 31 percent of Canadian women surveyed regularly climax during sex. To our credit, Canadians were more willing to experiment with sex toys and role play, but of the more than 1,000 Canadians surveyed, just 66 percent claimed they were satisfied with their sex lives.

Step up your game, folks!


Alberta to reinstate funding for sex-reassignment surgery

Beginning mid-June, Alberta is reinstating coverage for sex-reassignment surgery three years after having cut the $700,000 in annual funding from the provincial budget. Researcher with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta. Kris Wells, noted that this comes on the heels of a federal bill receiving second reading to include gender identity in the Canadian Human Rights Act.

“[It’s] pretty significant news and a huge step forward for human rights in the province,'' Wells said.