National Sexlife Journal
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
No glove, no love! If only that were an easier rule to live by.
Such a utopia might not be far off, depending on who rises to the challenge issued by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for designers to create a better condom.
The purpose is to find the next generation condom – one that’s not only more effective, but more likely to be used, according to their goal: “What if we could develop a condom that would provide all the benefit of our current versions, without the drawbacks? Even better, what if we could develop one that was preferred to no condom?”
A study led by Brian Mautz, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Ottawa, suggests that, in at least one facet, size does matter. Researchers showed 53 computer-generated images of male bodies varying in penis length, hip to shoulder ratio, and height to 105 women, asking them to rate each. Those figures with larger penises were found to score considerably higher, with size influencing attractiveness about as much as height.
Sad, sad news for anyone who was excited about the image of the Dildomaker circulating online. The conceptual device that essentially works as a pencil sharpener to turn almost any object into a dildo, is not going to be produced anytime soon. At least not by its designer, Francesco Morackini, who stressed that he uses industrial design to create “useless” art objects.
Sex workers in BC are asking to be heard in the Supreme Court case to decide whether prostitution laws are unconstitutional. Kat Kinch, a lawyer representing the sex workers and advocacy groups wishing to intervene, says that the current case does not focus enough on those women who are forced to enter the sex trade for survival, and thinks their evidence will strengthen the case.
Kinch expects to hear if they will be granted intervener status in May.
New Brunswick officials are attempting to track down the approximately two dozen previous sex partners of a man who recently tested positive for HIV. Chief medical officer Dr. Eilish Cleary told a news conference that the man was having unprotected sex with contacts met through the anonymous dating site manhunt.net, and advised those using the site to use precautions to lower the risks. She also said that the Health Department has no reason to believe he was deliberately putting anyone at risk.
Instead of liquor bottles, display cases full of vibrators line the wall behind the counter at a new bar in Tokyo’s Shibuya district dedicated to female masturbation. Love Joule is a safe space for women to talk about mastubation, away from cultural shame and taboos, with a no-boys-allowed policy that prohibits men from entering unless they are with a woman.
A drama professor at the University of Alberta is receiving attention for his unusual vocal coaching technique: sex toys!
Davis Ley uses handheld vibrators against the throats of his students to help them reach higher octaves, instead of massaging the larynx with his fingers – the method used by speech pathologists to relieve tension. Ley has employed this technique on 150 people with no reported side effects, aside from an increase in phlegm (mmm, sexy).