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Victim-blaming street cleric wants laws to cover women up

Fresh off the heels of SlutWalk comes some top notch slut shaming nonsense in Toronto.

Al-Haashim Kamena Atangana, a 33-year-old converted Muslim street cleric is calling for Toronto to make it illegal for women to dress “provocatively” by enforcing a dress code and taking note “from the way Muslim women dress”. "The reason ... these sex attacks are continuously happening is because (of) Canadian laws, which give too much freedom to women" Atangana said in an email to the Toronto Sun.

Friends With Benefits can breed happy couples

A new study of 764 men and women in exclusive relationships recently found that romance that blooms from a ‘Friends with Benefits’ arrangement is just as likely to succeed as relationships without bang buddy roots. Aside from a slight negative difference in relationship satisfaction, the study of 764 men and women in exclusive relationships found that a start as friends with benefits was “basically a non-factor in the health and viability of those people’s relationships.” After four months, the 20% that made up ‘FWB’ couples were no more likely to have split than other couples.

Religious groups protest gay-straight alliance law

Last month, Ontario passed a law requiring schools to allow students to form gay-straight alliances, surely a plan to prevent anti-gay bullying. Catholic and other religious communities have respected the decision and owned up to the fact that many of their institutions facilitate a hateful climate for LGBTQ folks.

No, just kidding. They're upset.

"Lightning Rod" sex supplement pulled from Vancouver shelves

An unauthorized “male sexual enhancement” product, the Lightning Rod, has been pulled from Vancouver sex shops after Health Canada found it contained a prescription drug that may pose a health risk to people with heart or stroke problems. The ingredient, hydroxythiohomosildenafil, used to treat erectile dysfunction, is meant to be used under doctor supervision.

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Kissin' Canadians

A recent poll of 1163 Canadians marking International Kissing Day on July 6th has brought out Canada’s affectionate side. The survey, conducted by the romantic social network Zoosk, found that nearly 9 in 10 people wish their partner kissed them more often and that 93% are comfortable with public displays of affection. It also showed that women (55%) and men (76%) both claim to initiate the kissing in a relationship more often.

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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.

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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!

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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.