Living

Viagra for ladies, Britney hits Glee, and a prostitute-turned-teacher gets reassigned

Ever since Viagra hit the market, pharmaceutical companies have been clamouring to fabricate a female libido-boosting equivalent. But a new book by author Ray Moynihan titled "Sex, Lies and Pharmaceuticals: How Drug Companies Are Bankrolling the Next Big Condition for Women," questions whether we really need to improve our sex drives at all.

Ever since Viagra hit the market, pharmaceutical companies have been clamouring to fabricate a female libido-boosting equivalent. But a new book by author Ray Moynihan titled “Sex, Lies and Pharmaceuticals: How Drug Companies Are Bankrolling the Next Big Condition for Women,” questions whether we really need to improve our sex drives at all. Moynihan says claims that close to half of all women have problems with low libido are hugely exaggerated, and that pharmaceutical companies are “medicalizing” women’s sexual problems to sell more drugs.

 

The much-hyped “Britney/Brittany” episode of Glee aired last night, and was the bonanza of sexed-up, gyrating hip thrusts and paparazzi references everyone was secretly hoping for. Spears doesn’t make an appearance until near the end, but the cast does such an excellent and hilarious job of covering classics like “Stronger” and “Toxic” that the diva herself is hardly missed.

With her five year term as Canada’s Governor General coming to an end, Michaelle Jean has decided to break the silence about her controversial decision to allow Prime Minister Stephen Harper to prorogue parliament back in 2008. She says the decision lead to a national discussion about democracy, which she thinks made the crisis worth it. Jean is now looking forward to a position with the United Nations, which she will perform from offices in Ottawa so that she won’t have to uproot her 11-year-old daughter.

The no-liquids rule on airplanes that has forced many of us to check our toiletry-filled suitcases may soon be a thing of the past. The International Civil Aviation Organization announced they are researching technology that could detect liquid explosives, and they hope the technology can be implemented within two years, rendering the ban on liquids and gels unnecessary.

New York City Elementary school teacher Melissa Petro has been reassigned to administrative duties after writing about her past as a prostitute and stripper. Her treatment has fuelled intense debate about the treatment of former sex trade workers, questioning whether Petro’s time as a prostitute should prevent her from working with children. Should she have kept her past a secret? Does her time as a prostitute in any way affect her ability to do her job? It’s a topic we think is worthy of thoughtful debate.