June 2013

Study links menopause to male sex drives

A new study carried out by researchers from McMaster University in Ontario has suggested a new theory for the fact that humans have not evolved away from menopause. The computer modelling study, which introduced mutations that separately affected fertility and mortality into a fixed population, showed that in scenarios where males preferred to mate with younger females, the mutations which reduce female fertility with age accumulated in the population.

Sex workers march ahead of Supreme Court hearing

Sex workers and supporters rallied in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Ottawa on Saturday in preparation for the Supreme Court hearing this Thurday that will determine whether current prostitution laws violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Among the two dozen people at Vancouver’s rally was Katrina Pacey of Pivot Legal Society, an intervenor in the case.

Risky sex drugs pulled from Calgary shelves

Two sexual stimulants which Health Canada says poses a serious health risk, “ExtenZe Plus” and “ExtenZe Maximum Strength”, have been pulled from the shelves of a Calgary sex shop. Both products contain ingredients which require a prescription in Canada and which can increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancers like prostate cancer: pregnenolone and dehydroepiandrosterone. They also contain yohimbine, also a prescription drug which Health Canada says is associated with anxiety, high blood pressure, and increased heart rate.

BDSM is good for the soul

Despite the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders listing it as a paraphilia (keep in mind that this is the oh-so-reliable publication that considered homosexuality as a disorder until the 70s), a recent study shows that people involved in BDSM scored better on various personality and psychological tests than vanilla folks. The study of 1336 people published by The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that those participants who identified as BDSM practitioners we not psychologically damaged or disordered, as is widely believed.