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.
When I first started this project, I didn't know what would come of it.
During my interview with the Saskatchewanderer, she recommended I approach Tourism Regina and see if I could write for them. Tourism Regina agreed and published my article, but due to it's size restrictions, I wasn't able to talk about as many places as I wanted to.
Since beginning this project, I have sent over three dozen emails to many organizations and businesses around the city. Once I was done my initial research, I had more questions than answers, some of which I don't think I'll ever know. Once realizing the vast amount of information out there, I decided to cut this project down substantially. But, although it ended up different then I thought it would, I am happy to finally present to you, "8 Places to Visit in Regina".
My article "8 Places to Visit in Regina" is by far my most popular article, being read over 7,000 times in the past 6 months. In honour of the anniversary of my blog (and because 1 of the 8 locations mentioned before is now closed), I decided to do a sequel and talk about 8 more places to visit in Regina. This was really easy as Regina is growing at an extraordinary rate and new, incredible places are opening almost every week.
After the Regina Cyclone huffed and puffed and blew down the majority of houses across the city in 1912, Annie Darke asked her beloved Francis Darke to build her a house that could withstand even the worse things Saskatchewan could blow at it. Being one of the richest and most influential men in Regina’s history, Francis Darke took up the challenge and began to create his wife their very own stone castle.
This massive fortress served as their dwelling for the remainder of their days, until Francis Darke passed away in 1940 and his widowed wife passed away in the very house he had built her, twelve years later.
The following is a guest article by Sally Elbassir, the owner and food taster of Passport and Plates, originally titled "The Tapas, Taverns and History of Madrid: A Food Tour". Be sure to drop by her blog for culinary treats from around the world!
I've always been a foodie. Long before the term "foodie" ever existed, I was that kid who was always eager to try something new.
Things haven't changed much in the last couple of decades. My palate has expanded, and I discovered that my dream job does exist; it just happens to be occupied by Anthony Bourdain. Now I satisfy my foodie obsession by writing on Yelp, and on my blog... there's plenty more where that came from.