Sex News

World’s first female “Viagra” to be tested

Clinical trials for a new, female sex-drive drug, Tefina, will be undergone in Australia. The drug is a nasally-administered testosterone gel which experts say could relieve sexual dysfunction in 1 in 3 women.

Researchers are looking for about 100 women between the ages of 18 to 49, including those in Canada and the U.S. to participate in the trial.


AIDS Council PSA compares sex to Foursquare

A new ad by the AIDS Council uses Foursquare “check-ins” to illustrate the ol’ “You’re sleeping with everyone they’ve ever slept with” argument. The PSA shows a straight couple initiating sex when up pops an icon above the man’s crotch saying “Cathy Mills and 34 others were here.”

The video is intended to advocate safer sex, but unfortunately comes with a side of slut-shaming implying promiscuity is a symptom of STDs.


Pre- and non-op transgender people eligible to change birth certificate in Ontario

Thanks to a ruling in April by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, trangender people in Ontario can now change the sex on their birth certificate without having sex-reassignment surgery. They will still need to submit a letter from a physican or psychiatrist.

The ruling found requirement of proof of “transsexual surgery” to be discriminatory and reinforced stereotypes about how trans* folks experience gender.


Supreme Court updates HIV disclosure ruling

The Supreme Court of Canada has clarified a ruling from 1998 which made it possible for any HIV carrier who did not disclose their status to partners to be charged with aggravated sexual assault. The court ruled Friday that people with a low viral load using a condom do not need to disclose their status, as the "realistic possibility of transmission of HIV is negated."


Toronto District School Board pulls links to "offensive" teen sexuality website

Links to a sexuality website directed at teens and run by The Coalition for Positive Sexuality, a not-for-profit activist organization, have been removed from the Toronto District School Board’s website after sparking controversy. The link was added three years ago, according to TDSB spokesman Ryan Bird, in which time he claimed the content of the page had changed.

Vancouver sex workers to challenge country's prostituion laws

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Vanouver’s Downtown East Side non-profit group, Sex Workers United Against Violence Society, has standing in their challenge to the country’s anti-prostitution laws.

Jailed sex workers of yore featured in new exhibit at the University of Alberta

“I found these fashionista madams and these really defiant women who were confronting the police cameras in this really spectacular way,” says Dr. Laurie Bertram, curator of the University of Alberta’s new exhibit, Pioneer Ladies of the Evening.

The exhibit features mug shots of women working in the sex trade between 1878 and 1916 who were arrested for various “crimes”, from shooting porn that was distributed to First World War soldiers to shooting an RCMP officer who tried to break into a brothel.

Downtown "parlours" rub massage therapists the wrong way

George Fraser, executive director of the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba, is pushing for the city to replace the term “massage parlours” being used to license sex services offered in the downtown core with “adult entertainment centres” or “rub parlours.” His concern is that customers will get the impression that those offering sexual services are medical professionals, and that those who then decide seek the holistic medicine license being considered by the city will slow down the process for massage therapist already applying.

Why is it always Toronto? Mayor's niece slut-shames on Twitter

If you haven’t heard yet, Krista Ford, niece of Toronto mayor Rob Ford, is receiving some well-deserved criticism after spewing some slut-shaming nonsense on twitter. The tweet, which read “Stay alert, walk tall, carry mace, take self-defence classes & don’t dress like a whore. #DontBeAVictim #StreetSmart,” has since been deleted and Krista Ford has issued a fairly transparent apology about her views not necessarily representing those of her uncle.

SocialShopper censors sex seminar

John Ince, co-owner of Vancouver boutique, The Art of Loving, says the daily deal site SocialShopper refuses to advertise an educational seminar on oral sex offered by the store because of the “sensitivity” of the subject.

SocialShopper approached the store and the two businesses entered into a contract, which founder and CEO, Ehsan Baloochy, later “unilaterally” terminated despite Ince’s offer to change the name of the seminar to something even tamer than “Giving Good Head”.