Working for an adult shop

By Claudia Cunningham

Chris is the owner and operator of the Australian adult shop – they sell all manner of sex toys, vibrators, dildos, dongs, anal toys, toys for men, toys for women, fetish toys, lingerie, and all of the essentials like, lubricants and condoms. If it’s sold in the adult industry then there is a good chance that they’ve sold one or many of them.

Since opening their online website in 2009 they’ve had over 5 million visitors to their website, and over 150,000 orders – they are considered one of the biggest adult stores in Australia. So, …

Sex Education – By Adult Shops?!

Will Australia’s New Sex Education Curriculum Keep Kids Out of School?

As a new sex ed curriculum is being adapted and taught in Australian schools to some parent’s dismay, a spotlight is being shined on the somewhat contentious subject matter. With research showing that students are becoming sexually active earlier on and with low rates of reported condom usage as well as unwanted sex it’s important that these students receive the right information about human sexuality at the right time and via appropriate means. But keeping kids interests can be difficult especially when they are already bombarded by sexual images …

A modest but failed proposal

David Denby misses the target with his snippy attack on snark


Daniel Defoe is best known as the father of the modern novel. The son of a candlemaker, he worked hard to succeed in the literary world of 18th century London. But as an ambitious, prolific writer he had his enemies. One of them was the satirist Jonathan Swift. Though born into poverty in Dublin, Swift was related to landed gentry, and a rich uncle paid for his education at Trinity and Oxford. He was not a good student, but his talent was obvious, so he made …

Bombs and Bus Uncle

An international conference at McGill deals with, among other things, the fleeting nature of privacy in the digital age


When the RCMP arrested 17 young Muslims in Toronto over the weekend, they told the media that investigators had been monitoring the suspects’ online chat room conversations for some time. While the content of their discussions hasn’t been revealed, the fact that they were picked up fairly easily speaks volumes about the ubiquity of technology, and how closely its use can be monitored by authorities, for better or for worse.

An international conference hosted by McGill this weekend …

Marginal characters

A guide to some of Canada’s lesser-known political parties

In 1993 the government of Kim Campbell, concerned about the rise of Reform and other grassroots movements, attempted to clamp down on the rise of new political parties­and to kill off some of the old ones. The result: a new Elections Act that requires candidates to pay a $1,000 deposit to run for office, and parties to run at least 50 candidates in order to be officially recognized–otherwise, donations cannot be deducted on tax returns.

As a result of these draconian measures, the Rhinoceros Party will be boycotting this election, robbing …

Testicles: Strip and Rip

Strip and rip!

Having the hair removed from your balls with hot wax is an increasingly popular male fashion trend. But it’s not for the faint of heart…


“Shave and a haircut: two bits!” the barber used to say. But if the evidence from aesthetics circles is to be believed, male clients are now looking not only for the shave and the haircut, but also for a wax job for their two bits.

An increasingly popular fashion accessory for men is a meticulously waxed thatch – if enough remains to call it that – of hair …

The Front 2

CUP ON THE BRAIN: A dedicated and perhaps delusional Habs fan shows up at the Bell Centre prior to Monday’s Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Canadiens won, forcing Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday evening, the result of which was unavailable at press time. Photo by WILL LEW
Quote of the week

“We spoke with the neighbouring businesses before moving in, and the city council. When we sent them letters, they didn’t respond…. [they] didn’t seem to have a problem with it.” —Gary Webber of Culture 4-20 Compassion Society, a medical marijuana dispensary which recently opened a second …

Good times go bad


Anybody who has walked downtown on a weekend evening probably has a good idea that countless young American students regularly visit to sow their wild oats.

But a hushed-up scandal involving students from Blind Brook High School in posh Westchester County, New York, shows that such activities aren’t always meant to be on the travel itinerary. Thirty of 67 Blind Brook junior year students who spent the weekend of May 16 in Montreal have been put under on-campus lockdown. Their privileges have been revoked and they have been forced to attend counselling after visiting bars, going to …

The Front

WRITE STUFF: Artist Derek Mehaffey gets happy selling his works at last Sunday’s Under Pressure block party. This marks the ninth year that Under Pressure has been showcasing the world of hip hop – complete with MCs, breakdancing, graffiti and more – at its usual location behind Foufounes. » Photo by Rachel Granofsky

Quote of the week:

“It’s the election that would give us the clear mandate.” – Former PQ leader Jacques Parizeau, opining that an electoral victory for his party should automatically mean sovereignty, in an essay in Monday’s La Presse. Current PQ leader Bernard Landry disagrees.

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