How Sex Robots Could Revolutionize Marriage—for the Better

M. Adshade - 14 August, 2018

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

M. Adshade - 13 August, 2018

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.”

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New parents need flexible workplaces. Did the budget deliver?

M. Adshade - 18 February, 2018

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 direction, but it won’t undo the annoyingly persistent belief that raising children is woman’s work.

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

M. Adshade - 19 January, 2018

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 player capable of merely granting a yes or no, men focused on her pleasure?

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

M. Adshade - 7 January, 2018

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.

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Why Targeted Funding for Female Scholars Must Continue

M. Adshade - 16 May, 2016

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 of our most productive members from playing an active role in society.

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Your Mother is NOT a Whore

M. Adshade - 13 December, 2015

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 than men?

You can see that talk here.

 

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

M. Adshade - 11 June, 2015

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 consider why we are so fixated with the safety of female university students when other young women are at even greater risk of sexual violence.

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New Trend: Men don’t want babies either

M. Adshade - 30 March, 2015

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 been forcing men into reluctant fatherhood. Men, apparently, are now the ones pushing for children.

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

M. Adshade - 24 February, 2015

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 crushed and, at that moment, each and every Patriots fan felt like a champion.

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It’s Better to Be Single on Valentine’s Day (with Neil McArthur)

M. Adshade - 14 February, 2015

“I really love Valentine’s Day!” said no unattached person, ever. And why shouldn’t the holiday be depressing for singles, when everyone else is basking in the glory that is romantic love. While this feeling is understandable, it’s not exactly rational; being in love is no more wonderful, and probably quite a bit less so, on Valentine’s Day than it is on any other day of the year.

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No love for retail workers; American Apparel prohibits workplace romance

M. Adshade - 10 February, 2015

Amid complaints that American Apparel management has perpetuated a highly sexualized work environment, the clothing retailer has moved to prohibit romantic relationships between personnel. That move should satisfy concerned shareholders, who have recently witnessed the ousting of CEO Dov Charney for alleged sexual misconduct, but it might also limit the firm’s access to the young, attractive workers that are such a big part of the American Apparel brand.

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Sex and the Super Bowl (with David Berri)

M. Adshade - 2 February, 2015

On Sunday night, as confetti rains down on the University of Phoenix Stadium, there will be millions of elated sports fans declaring “We Won!” Challenge theory predicts that the fans of whichever team wins will be looking for something more than high fives after the game.

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The One Question You Should Ask Your Spouse

M. Adshade - 28 January, 2015

Here is a question you might never want to ask the person you love (but that maybe you should): If we were no longer together, do you think you would be happier? My guess is that you think you already know the answer to this question. But if new economic research is anything to go by, you probably don’t, and not knowing could put your relationship at risk.

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Quebec’s IVF restrictions: Economics or ethics?

M. Adshade - 5 December, 2014

Last week, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette tabled a bill that, if passed, will prohibit women over the age of 42 from having access to in vitro fertilization (IVF). While the purpose of the bill, on the surface at least, is to lessen financial strain on the health care system, this particular section of the bill will achieve a different outcome; it will reduce the number of births to Quebec women who rely on the use of donated eggs to conceive.

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Is Sexual Preference a Human Right?

M. Adshade - 5 November, 2014

As a Canadian, I would like to take this opportunity to say, I am sorry. Last week one of our own chose to frame the punishment he recieved from his employers for his personal conduct as nothing more than discrimination against those with non-traditional sexual preferences. According this man, his accusers are women with whom he sought consensual, if perhaps unconventional, relationships who later sought punish him with their allegations. In a lengthy online missive, he argued that his particular sexual preferences are a human right, and as such he should be protected from professional discipline based on his sexual behavior.

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The High Cost of Heartbreak for Modern Singles

M. Adshade - 7 October, 2014

Almost one half of all Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 have never been married, while the majority of those say that they hope to marry one day (61% with absolute certainty). This suggests that there are millions of men and women in this age group who are working towards the goal of finding that one true love.

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On Valentine’s Day, forget the roses and read the signals

M. Adshade - 15 February, 2014

If you are wondering this week what, exactly, is the purpose of Valentine’s Day then I have the answer for you. The purpose of Valentine’s Day is to assure your romantic partner that all the time and energy that he or she is investing into your relationship is not being wasted, and to give them enough confidence to continue investing in your relationship into the future.

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Dear Bachelor Producers, Please Seek Professional Help

M. Adshade - 15 February, 2014

The Bachelor Canada is holding a casting call in my hometown this week, inviting singles to take one “Last chance for romance!” Men who are not tapped to be the next bachelor, or women who are not one of the 25 lucky ladies, need not despair; the format of the show creates an environment in which finding lasting love is extremely unlikely.

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The toughest course at university: Caring for aging parents

M. Adshade - 4 February, 2014

A former colleague once quipped about the guilt he experienced as we approached the end of the term; many grandparents, he feared, were about to have their lives shortened by grandchildren not yet prepared to write their final exams. Academics are naturally skeptical, perhaps a bit unfairly when it comes to what is known as “dead grandmother syndrome” – the observation that there is a spike in the death of grandmothers the week before final exams.

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