Sexual Health

WTF Wednesday: Morning-after pill might not work for every woman

When the mammoth pharmaceutical company Bayer announced in 2009 that it would be making NorLevo, a morning-after pill, available over the counter to women in Toronto, it failed to mention one small detail: it doesn’t work for every woman. The drug, which is identical to Plan B One-step, (the more popular emergency contraception pill), may… More »

FTW Friday: This Week in Protests

“The protesters should fall in love with hard and patient work – they are the beginning, not the end. Their basic message is: the taboo is broken; we do not live in the best possible world; we are allowed, obliged even, to think about alternatives.” -Slavoj Zizek As we all move slowly into the second… More »

This guy is donating some blood.

WTF Wednesday: Canadian Blood Services trumpets policy change on gay men and blood donation

Canadian Blood Services is now accepting blood donations from men who have had sex with men—but only if they haven’t done so in the past five years. The change took effect July 22, and marks a drastic departure from the organization’s previous policies concerning blood donation from the MSM category of donor, a blanket term used to… More »

Photo: http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/new-female-sex-drive-drug-tested-5172215

WTF Wednesday: A female Viagra is coming…as a nasal spray

It’s been 14 years since the erectile dysfunction pill Viagra hit the market, and it seems like women are finally close to getting one, too—in the form of a nose spray. The product, called Tefina, is a testosterone gel that gets sprayed up the nose and absorbed within minutes, with effects that could be felt… More »

WTF Wednesday: The New Abortion Caravan is pro-life

Over 30 years ago, the pro-choice movement in Canada was at its peak. In 1970 the Vancouver Women’s Caucus travelled across the country as part of the Abortion Caravan. Stopping in various cities and towns on their way to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the women spent their evenings hearing the stories of other women so… More »

Reopen the abortion debate?

On May 10, the annual anti-abortion rally was held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. This year’s event has come at a very interesting time in the Canadian abortion debate. Only weeks earlier, Stephen Harper denounced fellow Tory Stephen Woodworth’s bid to reopen the debate in the House of Commons. Woodworth, a Conservative backbencher, recently proposed… More »

The sinister power and deep historical roots of the word "slut"

Weighing in with 57,184 votes, the most popular definition of the word “slut” on Urban Dictionary is “a woman with the morals of a man.” If we strip away the male punchline, hasn’t “slut” always meant that? A woman who pursues her own pleasure in spite of a pervasive double standard? The SlutWalks are challenging that… More »

42 years on, the freedoms that Bill C-150 affirmed can't be taken for granted

Tomorrow, let’s take a moment to reflect on the 42nd anniversary of the passing of Bill C-150, the omnibus bill that decriminalized abortion, contraception and homosexuality. The rights that Canadians have because of this historic bill are crucial to remember as those same rights come under attack elsewhere: on Wednesday, Indiana became the first state… More »

Concrete slabs and plaques with names at the AIDS memorial at 519 Church Street Community Centre, Toronto. Photo courtesy of Kenn Chaplin at Flickr.

Interview: Kay Roesslein of the AIDS Candlelight Vigil

Although Pride Toronto decided to reschedule its week-long festivities in light of the G20 circus coming to town, the committee for the AIDS Candlelight Vigil, an event associated with Pride Week, decided it would take advantage of the politically charged atmosphere. We took the opportunity to speak with Kay Roesslein, co-chair of the AIDS Candlelight… More »

Jessica Yee, T-shirt reads "Reproductive Freedom Fighter"

Interview with Jessica Yee: "The struggle for rights has to start at home"

Jessica Yee, 24, is the founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and a member of Canadians for Choice. Yee has spent more then half her life mobilizing individuals, families and communities, and has worked nationwide on establishing sexual health initiatives for Aboriginal youth. She took some time to talk with… More »