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While there has been an effort to improve access to good sex education, especially here in Canada, comprehensive sex ed is still pretty superficial. Students are lucky to get a class or two each year, and the focus tends to be on risk and risk management (i.e., sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and contraception).

At the same time, kids have easy access to online pornography. Pornography has become de-facto sex ed. Yet porn is fantasy; it's entertainment. It is not a comprehensive nor particularly accurate representation of sex and sexual relationships. It isn't intended to be.

With this in mind, PornHub, the largest online purveyor of porn, has created a new site with good, accurate information. They've recruited a psychologist and sex therapist to help them out. You can check it out here: 

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A review of a recently published study confirming what many people already know - unrealistic expectations and complacency are relationship killers.

Three key quotes from the authour:

"People who believe in sexual destiny are using their sex life as a barometer for how well their relationship is doing, and they believe problems in the bedroom equal problems in the relationship as a whole."

"Whereas people who believe in sexual growth not only believe they can work on their sexual problems, but they are not letting it affect their relationship satisfaction."

"We know that disagreements in the sexual domain are somewhat inevitable over time," says Maxwell. "Your sex life is like a garden, and it needs to be watered and nurtured to maintain it."

The full article is worth the read.

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This was passed along by a student (thanks!).

In this series of clips from WatchCut VideoI, parents and their kids appear to engage in unscripted chats about the birds and the bees. It's pretty endearing. Click through to the video to link with the other episodes.

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Beemans gum, invented by a physician from Ohio, first showed up in the late 19th century. It was still around when I was a kid, although it's no longer manufactured. The image below is an ad from 1916. Tips number 2 and 3 are not recommended.

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Playboy nails it with this flowchart.

I love this approach to educating men about catcalling. It's effective without shaming, and acknowledges and validates men's sexuality without letting them off the hook for shitty behaviour.

Someone on a related Reddit thread clearly described why catcalling can feel so threatening. She invites men to imagine what it would be like to experience the following:
- being catcalled by someone over a foot taller than them
- who starts bothering them while they were busy
- and then starts ordering them around or making sexual comments
and won't go away
- and is much stronger and could easily hurt them
- and makes them feel afraid and ashamed
- and that this happens week in, week out

Check out the thread here:…/playboy_weighs_in_on_catcallingst…/

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On campuses across North America, there's increasing concern amongst faculty that challenging conversations are being stifled by fears of upsetting students, and negative repercussions a a result of complaints to university administrators.

As many have pointed out, this is problematic for two reasons:

1. It typically limits discussions to single viewpoints. This isn't to say that all viewpoints are equally valid, or politically and ideologically palatable. But they should be acknowledged in order to formulate good arguments against them other than, simply, "they're wrong."

2. It fosters a sense of helplessness amongst students. Being challenged is part of building resilience and confidence. Avoiding uncomfortable conversations does a disservice to people who are at an important stage of development. Resilience isn't about accepting others' ideas without critique. It's about learning to stand strong in the face of challenge.

I'm extremely lucky at UBC. My class covers many controversial topics and UBC has taken a hands-off approach, which I appreciate.

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While this might not be directly related to mental health, it's still relevant (and awesome). It's properly conducted research, too!

It's even more relevant when one thinks about all the misinformation out there, especially in relation to sex and mental health.

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Bisexual Awareness Week: September 19-26.

This is particularly important given the discrimination that people who are bisexual face.

Research has shown that both heterosexual and homosexual people tend to judge those who identify as bisexual quite negatively. This is based on some myths and faulty assumptions about what it is to be bisexual. They're described in the linked clip from GLAAD.

You can find more info about Bisexual Awareness Week here:

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Most people have no idea what the clitoris really looks like.
The part of the clitoris that's visible from the outside of the body is relatively small compared to the structures inside.

The part that you can see is mostly what's called the glans of the clitoris, which is homologous to the glans of the penis. This means that they both come from the same original embryonic tissue (see previous post from last week).

The glans tends to be the most sensitive part of the clitoris, although research (and lots of anecdotal evidence) shows that stimulation of the interior part of the clitoris through pressure from penetration of the vagina and even the rectum can also provide intense pleasure. This type of stimulation can result in what's known as g-spot orgasms.

On average, clitorises are about 25mm long, 5mm wide, and protrude between 3mm-10mm from the body. Keep in mind, though, that these are averages - there are clitorises that are smaller and larger, and that's completely ok.

Given that the clitoris is the only part of the body in either males or females that's sole purpose is to provide pleasure, it's surprising that most people have no idea what it really looks like. In France, that's about to change.

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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.

In Canada, suicide is the leading cause of non-natural deaths.

The stigma of mental illness, and the many barriers to getting help, mean that people often do not get the help that they need and deserve.

It is our job to make it easier for people to come forward and find the resources they need. Spread the word, do your part to reduce stigma, and support those who require help.

More info here:
Here To Help BC:
The Vancouver Crisis Centre:

And a powerful video from the Movember Foundation Canada:
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