May 2013


Good stories are told with an audience in mind. Great stories can stay true to that audience, yet appeal to a broader range of readers. Pledges, a new anthology of gay erotica manages to do exactly this. I am surely not the audience Shane Allison had in mind while editing the book, but show me a 20-something who didn’t grow up flicking her bean to Queer as Folk and then you can tell me guy-on-guy never has its appeal to those of us otherwise identified.

US Teen expelled from school for same-sex relationship

Kaitlyn Hunt, 18-year-old Florida high school student, is facing charges of "lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 to 16" and was expelled from school after the parents of her 15-year-old girlfriend pressed charges.

"...They were out to destroy my daughter. [They] feel like my daughter 'made' their daughter gay," said Hunt’s mother in a statement on Facebook.

Under Her Thumb

“This is not humiliation. There is nothing humiliating about being beautiful or about being feminine,” writes Andrea Zanin of her fishnet and lipstick-clad male character in the opening story for Under Her Thumb.

Zanin, along with Midori’s feminist-toned praise of the dominant woman in her foreward, set the stage for what’s to come (cum?) in this anthology of femme dom erotica. After the sexy ups and cliché downs in Serving Him, also published by Cleis Press, Under Her Thumb is a welcome take on the other side of female sexual power.

Sex worker groups denied intervenor status

The Supreme Court announced April 30th that the advocacy groups seeking intervenor status on the case to decide the constitutionality of Canada’s prostitution laws have been denied. Three Canadian groups advocating against the laws, POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate and Resist), Maggie’s, and Stella, as well as four international ones have been denied.

Survey on vaginal atrophy reveals it's effects on Canadian sex lives

Results from a study on vaginal atrophy’s effects on sex and relationships revealed that more than 60 percent of female Canadians avoid sex because of vaginal atrophy, a chronic condition of menopause where the vaginal walls become thin and fragile, causing intercourse to be painful. The study, presented at the first annual Canadian Menopause Conference on May 4th, also found that one fifth of those surveyed feel that the condition has made them emotionally distant.


Drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea discovered in US

Two cases of an antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea, being called a “superbug”, have been reported in Hawaii. First discovered in Japan in 2011, the STI called H041 has spread to Hawaii and has been reported in California and Norway. Doctors are warning that it has the potential to be as deadly as the AIDS virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked for $50 million to find a way to treat the disease.


Man robs sex shop with a butcher's knife

Some guy made off with $850 worth of sex toys and $100 cash from a shop in Repentigny near Montreal. Dude was so desperate for vibrators and lingerie that he pulled a butcher’s knife out at the cashier after spending close to an hour picking just the right selection to burgle. Apparently it takes time to find the perfect leather manties that say “I stole this with a knife.”


Serving Him

I’ll be honest, a collection of stories involving dudebro doms and lady submissives makes me go “ugh, straight people” right off the bat, but erotica is more about the tension than the… plot? So I wanted approach this book with an open mind. Being a relatively ‘nilla queer, I write to you as the probably not-intended audience for Serving Him, an anthology of “sexy stories of submission” edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and published by Cleis Press.

Good for the Goose: meeting your partner's needs increases desire

In how-exactly-is-this-news news, meeting your partner’s sexual needs without expectation helps increase day-to-day desire in long term relationships.

In a study of 44 couples over 21 days, post-doctoral fellow Amy Muise, of the University of Toronto, and colleagues at the University of Guelph in Canada and the University of Cambridge in England, said that those with more sexual communal strength (“communal motivation in the specific domain of sexuality”), reported high levels of daily sexual desire.

Most Canadians with genital herpes are unknowing carriers

Just in case you didn't have enough incentive to get tested: Statistics Canada recently reported that from a sampling of thousands of Canadians, 94% of the almost 14% who tested positive for genital herpes, didn’t know they were infected. These results suggest that many are unknowingly passing on the virus.

Researchers did not test for HSV-1, the herpes virus responsible for cold sores, which is being increasingly transmitted to the genitals.