Disclaimer: This article is about sex and sexuality. If you don't feel comfortable reading about that, please feel free to skip this article.
Taboo… The Naughty but Nice Sex Show is coming to Regina this weekend and with it comes many questions you probably didn't know how to ask. As somebody who has never gone to Taboo, I have done the down-and-dirty research to figure out what to expect during your first time.
Taboo runs from February 22nd – 24th at the Conexus Art Centre and is more of a trade show than an actual performance. The premise of the show is mostly education, not just entertainment. It's important to remember that adult entertainment is just that: entertainment. It is based around reality, but it has an element of fantasy attached to it too. Just like how movies and video games take everyday life and puts it in fantastical situations, adult entertainment does the same.
However, there is still a negative connotation surrounding adult entertainment, especially when it comes to influencing young people. There is a lot of blame thrown at the adult entertainment industry for "corrupting youth" or "desensitising sex", but few people talk about all the good that comes out of the adult entertainment industry too. Adult websites are some of the most accessible content available on the planet, with efforts constantly being made create content that is more available for people with visual or audio disabilities. These same adult websites also provide scholarships to students in need, help raise money for breast and testicular cancer research, animal spaying and neutering, whale conversation and even panda breeding.
Not only that, but adult entertainment drives many of the innovations in technology, from virtual reality to big data collecting. The reason some social media platforms like YouTube even exist is due to adult entertainment. The world's largest video platform was invented because the creator wanted to find a video of Janet Jackson's 2004 "wardrobe malfunction".
But the adult entertainment industry realises they have a responsibility for education, and that's one reason Taboo exists. Sexual education is important for both health improvement, enjoyment of oneself and acceptance of your own identity. In many countries in the world sexual tendencies that defer from the societal "norm" can cause imprisonment or even death. In Canada we are lucky this isn't the case, and we should embrace that freedom.
Taboo also acknowledges the sexually transmitted disease crisis we have in Saskatchewan. The adult entertainment industry takes health problems like this much more seriously than other industries do (talking to you, NFL) and strives to educate people on how to better protect and treat themselves. The trade show has exhibitors from AIDS Program South Saskatchewan, Alberta Sex Positive Education, Gay & Lesbian Community Regina, Planned Parenthood, and sex educators from Industrial Luv.
When learning about the show I went in with two separate mindsets on what to expect. Either Taboo would be like Bodies: The Exhibition and be a cut-and-dry education workshop, or it would be a risqué sexual performance like the one I saw at Casa Rosso in Amsterdam (sans gorilla). Instead, it's a mix of the two, being listed as an "adult playground" dedicated to enhancing lifestyles, encouraging romance, personal betterment and all things otherwise "taboo".
The entertainment has several stage acts, which although are bound by the "boring" realms of local law (eg: no gorillas), are full of entertainment and excitement. These include burlesque, drag queens, pole fitness, and male dancers. The event is hosted by Yada Ya-Oughtta-Book-Ahead (Gerrard Dillman) an award-winning drag queen performer from Regina.
Taboo has exhibits and booths dedicated to both "vanilla" and "cosmopolitan" sexual experiences. These include the Taboo Sex Dungeon and The Pup Play Panel which specialises in puppy and master role play.
For those who love animals but aren't into people dressed in leather acting as animals, Taboo has also partnered with Lucky Paws Rescue who ask for donations in exchange for sloppy puppy kisses.
There are also several seminars dedicated to sexual exploration, sexual education and sexual freedom which include topics such as Tantric sex, erotic wax demonstration and strip teasing.
Taboo has been in operation for over twelve years, with sixty percent of the annual 8,000 attendees being female. This statistic surprised me since I expected most of the audience to be male. But, as it turns out, shows like Taboo allow women to embrace their sexuality and feel more comfortable and empowered in their own skin.
There are many new exhibitors this year at the show such as Jimmy's Cannabis, NoMoreWetSpot, Industrial Luv Products Inc., Miss BumBum North America and Nut Man Regina, which serves delicious (non-sexual) nuts. Guests can take pictures of performers on stage, and can meet them in person too.
Although the hot summer days of July are long behind us, 2017 is still Canada's 150th year. In honour of Canada's sesquicentennial birthday, I decided to put together a list of 150 things about Canada. This list talks about our quirkiness, our strengths, our weakness, and our legacy, for better and for worse. There are some sad facts, some odd facts and some facts that will probably make you open another tab to look into for yourself.
Hope you enjoy this list, and I hope you all had a great 2017!
1. Canada's two official languages are French and English, but only 20.6% of Canadians speak French.
In case you haven't heard, Super Tuesday was last Tuesday and everybody's most disliked presidential candidate, Donald Trump, did very well. He didn't do as well as predicted, but he did well enough that he is now officially taken the lead for the Republican nomination. While the Republicans struggle to find some way of stopping Mr. Trump, many Americans worry about the future of their country. As a result, many Americans have been thinking about moving to Canada.
While similar statements were made when marijuana and gay marriage was legalized, "How to move to Canada" spiked 1000% on Google after last Super Tuesday. In fact, the Nova Scotia tourism website got more traffic in a single day then it did all last year and the Canadian immigration website was having difficulties handling all the traffic, so it seems that a lot of people are wondering if they should move to Canada.
As a Canadian I feel it is my duty to highlight some of the reasons why somebody – particularly an American – should consider moving to Canada.
They say hope was the last thing to die in Auschwitz.
It's been just over 70 years since the Allies liberated the death camp and the horrors of the "Final Solution" were revealed to the world. Prior to their arrival, Auschwitz was the most effective death camp ever created, having taken the lives of over 1.1 million Jews.
Block 4 of Auschwitz holds the museum, explaining the best it can about what happened seven decades past. The museum explains what Auschwitz was originally built for – a camp for Polish prisoners of war – and how it became key to the Nazi's "Final Solution". The museum goes over the construction of Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II (Birkenau) and Auschwitz III (Monowitz), the increased sizes and effectiveness of gas chambers and the factories of death that stood and smoked over the camp during its operation.