Love and Sex – NOW Magazine Sat, 20 Feb 2021 16:34:02 +0000 Sat, 20 Feb 2021 16:34:02 +0000 en-US Radheyan Simonpillai The state of sex work: Risks and rewards in the era of OnlyFans Toronto sex workers talk pivoting to OnlyFans, the PornHub backlash and the rise of sex work tourism during the pandemic 

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Kelsey Adams COVID-19 hasn’t totally killed casual dating in Toronto Toronto daters (and cruisers) tell us how they’re navigating pandemic rules, confusion and shame to keep the flames of desire burning

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Richard Trapunski Come as You Are is opening a new store in Kensington Market The ethical, queer-friendly worker-owned sex shop is returning to brick-and-mortar after four years online

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Natalia Manzocco Grindr partners with personal safety app Grindr is teaming up with personal safety app UrSafe amid rising safety concerns by queer dating app users around the world

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Natalia Manzocco One industry not suffering due to COVID-19: Dating apps Match Group, the company behind Tinder and Hinge, reported growth across all its properties this quarter

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Natalia Manzocco Put a shirt on in your dating profile pics, study suggests 90 per cent of men assume a shirtless dating profile photo is the key to swipes – but straight women aren’t buying it, according to a new survey

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Natalia Manzocco B.C. officially endorses glory holes as COVID-19 safe sex method Province’s public health unit suggests wearing masks and avoiding kissing and face-to-face positions during sex

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Natalia Manzocco Dating app data breaches put LGBTQ people at risk worldwide, report says A new report suggests data leaks and third-party data sales from gay dating apps constitute a cyber-threat to queer and trans people in countries worldwide

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Natalia Manzocco Dating app Badoo rolls out AI-based dick pic filter “Private Detector” recognizes unsolicited nudes with up to 98 per cent accuracy

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Natalia Manzocco Keep cats out of your dating profile, ridiculous study suggests Men were deemed less masculine and less attractive when they held up cats in their dating pics, according to researchers

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Natalia Manzocco Astrology dating app is here to pair star-crossed lovers Popular with queer users thanks to a “no straight people” feature, NUiT presents you with singles’ astrological info and lets you compare birth charts

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Natalia Manzocco Masks and glory holes: The future of sex? Experts suggest getting “creative” with face coverings and barriers to stem the spread of COVID-19

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Natalia Manzocco Grindr removes ethnicity filter amid complaints In what the company calls a show of support for Black Lives Matter, the gay dating app is dropping a feature allowing users to filter other users based on race

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Sadaf Ahsan Coronavirus: When can we start having sex again? While lockdown lifts in Toronto and Ontario, physical distancing measures still keep everyone two metres apart – even couples

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Natalia Manzocco Video dating might be here to stay Half of people who tried video dating during coronavirus intend to make it part of their dating routine going forward, a survey by Hinge suggests

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Natalia Manzocco New dating app only lets you talk to two people at once Peel, created by two Toronto developers, limits the number of conversations you can have at one time in an effort to create “meaningful” interactions

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Natalia Manzocco Reaching out to exes a popular coronavirus pastime Survey from sex toy firm Lelo also shows roughly half of people in relationships living alone during the pandemic have joined dating apps or sites

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Jaime Sin Sex in self-isolation: Four ways to quench your pandemic thirst We examine some technologies that, with some creativity and openness, can help create connections safely

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Sadaf Ahsan How the coronavirus pandemic is changing the ways we have sex There are public health guidelines for sex during self-isolation, but the pandemic could have a lingering impact on how we think about intimacy

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Natalia Manzocco Swiped out: Why Toronto is burned out on online dating Online dating has become the standard way to look for love – but Toronto’s stretched-thin singles are frustrated and fed up with bad dating-app behaviour. Will we just bumble through as best we can – or swipe left for good?

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Baroness Von Stretch Public sex: A practical guide The ins and outs of in flagrante delicto, from scouting locations and concocting an alibi to the all-important wet wipe

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Baroness Von Stretch Public sex in Toronto: In defense of in flagrante delicto My partner and I have hooked up at Harbourfront Centre, the Drake bathrooms, the rooftop of an abandoned building, behind the Niagara Street abattoir, and – drumroll – City Hall

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Michelle da Silva What’s the cost of breaking up in Toronto? In a city where real estate is absurdly high and finding an affordable rental feels like winning the lottery, it’s no wonder some couples choose to stick it out. Here are stories from people who decided to end their relationships

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NOW Staff I have an STI how do I tell a potential partner? Stuck with a dating dilemma? NOW’s new advice column I Love Them, But… will answer all your burning questions

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Jaime Sin A guide to the best lubes on the market Toronto sex experts sound off on the best personal lubricants for vaginas, butt play and even sperm

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Jaime Sin Squirting demystified: why we still dont understand female ejaculation From 2013 to 2017 squirting was one of PornHubs most-searched terms, but our fascination with copious, arousal-induced fluid expulsion isnt new descriptions are found in ancient texts, from Chinas Secret Methods Of The Plain Girl (c. 2600 BCE) to the Kama Sutra (c. 400 BCE-200 CE). Despite this lengthy timeline, theres a lot of controversy

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Jaime Sin A guide to sustainable sex toys Rub one out in the name of Mother Earth with an eco-friendly dildo

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Rachel Manson How to date with confidence according to doms Two professional dominatrices sound off on dating, relationships and sexuality

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Emily Palley-Samson What it’s like to navigate sex and dating with a physical disability Regardless of the specific type of disability, the misconceptions around inter-abled sex and dating are plentiful and often dismissive

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Michelle da Silva Why straight men are begging for pegging more than ever before Years after the infamous Broad City episode where Abbi wears a strap-on, Toronto men are finally experiencing the agony and ecstasy of butt play – and they’re bending over in droves

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