After reading Sarah Barmak’s article on modern sex research (“Pleasure Principal,” June), I felt proud to be Canadian. It’s deeply exciting that such important work on the female orgasm is being spearheaded by scientist Meredith Chivers, right here in Ontario. It’s even more gratifying to know that federal grant agencies deemed her work important enough to fund.
I’ve often thought that if the problems faced by assigned-female-at-birth folks were experienced by cisgender men instead, those problems would have been solved by science decades ago: menstrual cramps, persistent urinary tract infections, and an inequitable division of orgasms, to name a few. As a sex journalist, I’m heartened to see the Canadian scientific community not only recognize women’s sexual woes, but also try to solve them.
Kate Sloan Toronto, ON