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How Sex Robots Could Revolutionize Marriage—for the Better

Slate has published an abridged version of my chapter from Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications. You can read that here!  

The Next Hundred Years

We asked researchers to transport themselves into the future. Here’s what Dr. Marina Adshade from the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC had to say. “My sense today is that we are slowly moving towards a build-your-own-marriage system, in which there is no universal concept of what is a marriage.”

New parents need flexible workplaces. Did the budget deliver?

The most important step toward solving the problem of gender inequality is not, as many believe, creating a society in which women behave more like men but rather a society in which men behave more like women. The new parental-leave policies announced in yesterday’s federal budget may give Canadian men a much-needed nudge in that […]

Beyond Consenting, Women Actually Want to Enjoy Sex (with Neil McArthur)

The long-held idea that women ‘give’ sex to men to get something else is thankfully on its way out. But the belief still persists, as is evident in exchanges like the one that took place between Aziz Ansari and an anonymous woman who told her story this week. What if, instead of treating a woman like a passive […]

Governments should fund birth control, as they do HIV prevention (with Niko Bell)

Sixty-one per cent of Canadian women have had an unintended pregnancy, notes a study by Canada’s Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Government policy is to blame.

Why Targeted Funding for Female Scholars Must Continue

Many people question the need for special scholarships and bursaries specifically targeted at certain demographic groups, but the need for these scholarships goes beyond levelling the playing field for all students. The costs of discrimination are not just shouldered by those on the receiving end; discrimination imposes costs to us all when it prevents some […]

Your Mother is NOT a Whore

A few weeks ago I had the huge privilege of giving a TEDx talk in front of 3,200 people at the Roger’s Arena. I thought I would take the opportunity to talk about something that I have wondered about for a while: Why do we, as a society, continue to think that women are less sexual […]

Teenage boys, not young women, need sexual-assault programs

Resistance is not futile, according to research published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, and young women need to be taught how to do just that if there is any hope of ending sexual violence against women. That claim alone is bound to stir controversy, but while we are having that debate perhaps we should […]

New Trend: Men don’t want babies either

Jezebel, the women-focused website with a penchant for feminism and cute animals, recently declared the beginning of a new era with the eye-catching headline: “New Trend: Men Wanting Babies, Women Wanting Freedom”. The article, and a similar one in New York Magazine, proclaims an end to supposedly long-standing paradigm in which maternally driven women have […]

Men, elections, porn, the Super Bowl: The lasting effects of testosterone (with David Berri)

With 26 seconds left on the clock, the Seattle Seahawks were one yard from a touchdown that could have made them the Super Bowl champions for the second year in a row. But when Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass at the goal line, near-certain victory turned into certain defeat; Seahawks fans were left feeling […]