Relationships

More Than A Body

Exercise more and lose weight are among the most common New Year’s resolutions each year. For some of us, these decisions can make a huge difference to our health. Often, though, we fall for unrealistic expectations from society that pushes vanity and thinness more than anything. We have become both the creators and consumers of [...]

When Sex Hurts

I recently published study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine which surveyed more than 1,500 women ages 18 and older in the United States about their experiences of painful sex. Most women identified as heterosexual (87 per cent) and were either married or living with their partner (70 per cent). About one in four women reported [...]

What’s In A Kiss

People kiss in all kinds of ways, from subtle kisses to passionate kisses, friendly kisses to affectionate kisses, cheek kisses to French kisses, and much, much more. We kiss for lust, intimacy, pleasure, comfort, security, and love. We kiss between couples, as part of families, and in greeting people in different cultures. A range of [...]

Talking To Kids About Pride

This time last year, Canadian television personality Jessi Cruickshank made a video celebrating Pride with a handful of kids. “Happy Pride!” the youngsters cheered, surrounded with rainbow flags and balloons.“Who here knows what gay pride means?” asked Jessi, opening the conversation. As expected, it didn’t take long for the kids to say some of the funniest things. One girl explained [...]

Love As Equals

A few months ago, my partner and I made the difficult decision to leave our home in Vancouver, where we worked and lived for 15 years, and move to Sydney. Having just completed my PhD, I was offered my first academic position at the University of New South Wales. He works in sales for a [...]

Sexual Pleasure: What To Expect When You’re Expecting

So, you’re expecting a baby. Congratulations! Or, maybe you’ve had one and are curious about your post-baby sex life. Either way, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s the straight (scientific) truth about sexual pleasure before, during, and after pregnancy. The Realities Of Pregnancy No two pregnancies are alike. The same goes for women’s sexualities. Getting pregnant may be [...]

Navigating Pleasure With An STI

Finding out you have an STI can be an extremely traumatic experience. For many people, the first thought they have is, “my sex life is over.” But here’s what I need you to know right now: Your first thought is what you’ve been conditioned to think. The second thing you need to know is you’re [...]

Lovin’ with HIV

It’s no secret that when it comes to sex, an HIV diagnosis has been known to throw a wrench in the works. But navigating this new landscape is possible—with the right information and support. I talk sexual satisfaction with two women living with HIV. Margarite Sanchez, a self-described artist, activist and agriculturist who lives on [...]

The Science Of Love, Sex And Hot Chocolate

Valentine's Day is around the corner. You may be searching for love, falling in love, making sweet love, or sick of love. Like it or hate it, single or coupled, February 14 can be hard to ignore. According to Statistics Canada, 38.7 per cent of Canadians were married in 2016, and another 9.2 per cent [...]