Dr. Jess

Di­ver­sity and pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes are al­low­ing sex busi­nesses to thrive in Toronto

Bayview Post - - Contents - DR. JESS Jess O’Reilly is a sought-af­ter speaker, au­thor and sexologist (www.SexWithDrJess.com).

Toronto is brim­ming with sex, and savvy en­trepreneurs are tak­ing note. They are ed­u­cat­ing the masses and mak­ing money in the process.

Car­lyle Jansen is a sex ed­u­ca­tion trail­blazer who founded the fe­male­friendly sex shop Good For Her in the ’90s. Back then, the in­dus­try was more clan­des­tine, but now Toronto is more of a global leader.

“Peo­ple come to Toronto to ex­plore new ideas, ar­chi­tec­ture, cul­ture and to be anony­mous when it comes to sex,” says Jansen.

Toronto of­fers a range of in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences. Up­scale sex clubs, like Oa­sis AquaLounge, host theme par­ties for sin­gles, cou­ples, three­somes, stu­dents and voyeurs in a con­verted 19th-cen­tury man­sion. Their pool deck is pop­u­lar for cloth­ing-op­tional sun­bathing, and they even host nude karaoke.

If you pre­fer fully clothed events, Tell Me Some­thing Good at the Gladstone Ho­tel of­fers dirty talk and bawdy sto­ry­telling open to the public (and free!).

Should you plan on spend­ing the night at home, Toronto-based Spit Mag­a­zine cre­ates eth­i­cal porn in which the par­tic­i­pants play a vi­tal role in pro­duc­ing the con­tent.

Caitlin Roberts co-founded Spit to change the land­scape of pornog­ra­phy. Along with her part­ner Jesse Rae West, they pro­duce erotic films that re­flect the di­ver­sity of Toron­to­ni­ans re­gard­less of age (18+ ob­vi­ously), body type, race and abil­ity.

“Peo­ple who want to live in this city want op­tions, cul­ture, di­ver­sity and op­por­tu­nity,” says Roberts, who also hosts Body Pride work­shops aimed at im­prov­ing body im­age through in­ti­mate con­ver­sa­tions, nu­dity and pho­tog­ra­phy.

In­dus­try in­sid­ers be­lieve that the di­ver­sity of our com­mu­ni­ties plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in the in­dus­try.

“From LGBTQ rights to our fast grow­ing pop­u­lace of in­formed fem­i­nists, this city em­braces sex­ual power,” says Wil McLean, founder of Sy­bian Toronto. His com­pany co­or­di­nates rentals of the Sy­bian, a world-renowned sex ma­chine with a four-fig­ure price tag.

Mikey Singer of the Ev­ery­thing To Do With Sex Show, the largest adult con­sumer trade show in North Amer­ica, at­tributes the show’s size and suc­cess to Toronto’s sex-pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes.

“We work in other mar­kets, from Los An­ge­les to the east coast, but Toron­to­ni­ans are ex­cep­tion­ally open-minded. Women and cou­ples in Toronto at­tend for the ed­u­ca­tional and in­ter­ac­tive com­po­nents, whereas the shows in the U.S. tend to at­tract more sin­gle men with their heav­ier fo­cus on con­ven­tional porn.”

Cre­ative thinkers are mak­ing sex main­stream in Toronto and start­ing im­por­tant con­ver­sa­tions that can em­power com­mu­ni­ties.

Car­lyle Jansen founded Toronto’s fe­male-friendlysex shop Good For Her in the 1990s

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