July 2013

Toronto author exposes rape rhetoric in seduction guides

Toronto author and publisher Alan Stransman’s new book, “Badass B***S***: Helping Young Men Identify and Reject Toxic Ideas About Dating, Relationships, Women and Sex”, addresses popular seduction guides like “The Tao of Badass” for what they ultimately are: guides to coerce unwilling women to have sex.

Saskatoon promotes safe sex through free condoms in bars

Public health officials in Saskatoon have teamed up with the Avenue Community Centre and the city’s sexual health clinic to promote safe sex by providing free condoms in bars. Available in the washroom areas of 5 bars, like the 302 Lounge, the condoms come packaged with information on free HIV testing. The goal is to bring down the city’s rate of infection, currently one of the highest in Canada.


Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women's Erotica

I could talk about good (and bad) bisexual erotica until I’m blue in the face, but my praise for Twice the Pleasure is in large part to the credit of one story in particular… Damn, Dena Hankins! “Goa” is hands down the hottest story in this anthology littered with hot stories (although other gems include “Walking the Walk” and “Right-Red Flagging”.)

Hookups and depression?

A new study in The Journal of Sex Research found higher levels of general anxiety, social anxiety, and depression in those of the 3,900 heterosexual college students across the US who had recently had casual sex. “Casual” in this case was defined as sex with a partner known less than one week.

Dr. Melina M. Bersamin of California State University, who led the study, says the results "suggest that among heterosexual college students, casual sex was negatively associated with well-being and positively associated with psychological distress."

Poppers pulled from Calgary shelves

Health Canada has issued a warning for 8 products pulled from sex shop shelves in Calgary, including Z-Best, Jungle Juice, Colt Fuel, Fetish, Premium Iron Horse, and Blue Boy. The products, labeled as leather cleaners and liquid incense, contain alkyl nitrites that users inhale to get high and heighten arousal. The substance is a classified drug under the Food and Drug Act and is dangerous to people with heart conditions, glaucoma, or recent head trauma, as well as those taking medication for high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, or migraines.

University students happy with sex lives


According to a survey conducted by Trojan and the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada, university students in Canada are happy with their sex lives, women (80%) more so than men (67%). This could be because, as SIECCAN research coordinator Alex McKay tells CBC, "men and women, particularly young men and women, use different criteria to assess their happiness with their sex life."

Safe Word

Calling all fans of Fifty Shades: Safe Word is a perfect opportunity to shut up, sit down, and experience some genuine d/s erotica. I wouldn’t even be making the comparison, but this sequel to Carrie’s Story reached me after having to enthusiastically (read: fanatically) explain to sexy lit-seekers that there is, in fact, erotic writing outside of bad fanfiction and kink writing that doesn’t treat its submissives like flat, flavourless objects in their own stories. Now I have a great example to point to.

NS won’t fund sexual reassignment surgery

Nova Scotia’s health minister has decided not to find sexual reassignment surgery, a surgery funded in most Canadian provinces. Chair of Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, Kevin Kindred, who estimates that between 6 and 8 Nova Scotians a year will need the surgery, calls the decision discriminatory.

“Some people travel to other provinces and countries and pay out of pocket for treatment. Many others go without the medical care they need even when such services are deemed medically necessary by a care team of doctors, social workers, and psychiatrists,” NSRAP says on its website.