Where pleasure is a feeling we all strive for, why is it taboo for a woman to talk about her sexual preferences? With many doctors stressing about the health benefits that masturbation has for women, it’s still a negative topic to talk about that some people still frown upon. With an overwhelming amount of health benefits, getting into the habit of masturbation is not a bad idea and can help improve your sleep, stress and much more.
So what are some of the benefits?
1. Lowers stress levels
While stress is something we all experience at many points in our life, it’s important to help find solutions to lower our overall stress. Just like having an apple a day keeps the doctor away, many suggest, “having an orgasm a day keeps the stress away.”
That’s right, many doctors and sexual health experts have said that having an orgasm can cause a hormone called oxytocin to be released into the bloodstream which is usually known as the love hormone. These hormones make you feel lighter and happier, which leads to improved health and well-being and results in reduced stress.
2. Better sleep
We are all aware about the benefits of sleep and how it can affect our overall health and well-being if we are not getting the required sleep our bodies need to function. Some research has shown that a hormone called “vasopressin” is released when someone masturbates which is accompanied by another hormone known as melatonin. These hormones help relax your brain and body to allow you to get an effective and better sleep every time.
3. Eases cramps
At some point in the month, women experience some unbearable and painful menstrual cramps. Many remedies are used to ease female cramps like, over the counter medication, heating pads and hot water bottles, but did you know masturbation can help ease your cramps as well? During that time of the month, masturbating will release the hormone called endorphin which eases the menstrual pain, relieves stress and reduces the discomfort caused by the cramps.
All in all, I guess it’s okay to say that masturbation and having orgasms are okay to have, even for women! Taking care of your sexual health will always help improve your mental and physical well-being.
Since it's Pride Month, we're going to look into some local LGBTQ history that happened right here in Windsor. Windsor has played an essential role throughout the years regarding the queer community and its fight for equality.
So, we'll be shining a spotlight on some of the historical events that you might not be aware of, especially if you live in the Windsor area, as it's not just queer history; it's Windsor history.
Windsor has the first recorded death penalty verdict after two soldiers were discovered being intimate in 1842 at Fort Malden.
The men, 39-year-old Samuel Moore and 27-year-old Irish labourer Patrick Kelly were not executed but went to prison like many others at the time.
In 1972, Windsor's first Gay Liberation group - the Windsor Homophile Association - was started at the University of Windsor. The name changed to Windsor Gay Unity a year later, in 1973.
Canada's first Bathhouse raid happened at Etna's Steam Bath on Brant Street in 1964.
Queer men would often use bathhouses as a gathering places. When discussing queer history in Canada, the more significant raids, like the bathhouse raid in Toronto in 1981, are typically mentioned, where 150 Toronto police officers raided four local bathhouses and arrested three hundred men.
These raids sparked a series of highly publicized rallies and mass protests against the attacks.
Thirty-eight other bathhouse raids are also documented from 1968-2004 in cities like Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, and Hamilton.
But the first bathhouse raid in Canada happened right here in Windsor at Etna's Steam Bath on Brant Street in 1964, where nine men from Windsor and the states of Michigan and Ohio were charged, and owner Joseph Cepaitis was given a sentence of one year in jail.
The First Gay Rights protest in Windsor happened on October 22, 1977
Twenty-four people protested employment discrimination against gays and supported John Damien. Damien, a steward for the Ontario Racing Commission in Toronto, was outed in 1975 and fired. According to The Windsor Star, the Ontario Racing Commission finally settled the case out of court in November 1986 for $50,000.
On December 2 that year, the Ontario Human Rights Commission finally added sexual orientation to the human rights code.
In 1982, the first reported case of AIDS and the first reported gay person to die of AIDS in Canada was reported in Windsor.
In 1990, Windsor also opened the first group home for people living with AIDS in Canada.
In 1992, Windsor Pride was founded and held its first festival.
Windsor Pride celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2022.
In 2003, saw Harpern vs. Canada.
Hedy Halpern and Colleen Halpern successfully sued the Canadian government with seven other couples to recognize same-sex marriage. As a result, same-Sex Marriage bill C-38 would pass in 2005.
In 2012, Dr. Kael Sharman became the first Trans man to formally ask the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) to have his name and gender marker changed.
In 2016, all GECDSB High schools flew the Rainbow Pride Flag for a week during Pride Month.
There's a lot of rich LGBTQ history right here in Windsor. There's a lot more the read up on, so this month, take some time and learn about all the ways Windsor played a part in queer history in Canada.
Windsor Essex 2SLGBTQ Timeline | About (wepridefest.com)
Canada's First Gay Bathhouse Raid: Windsor, 1964 – Active History
Jarvis: 'I think people stood up and said, 'I have worth' | Windsor Star
Last week, we wrote about The Great Resignation and the rise in "quiet quitting. If you missed it and want to get caught up, you can read about it here:
The Great Resignation - FASHION AND BEAUTY UNITED
With the number of people quitting their jobs to find something more fulfilling or a company that treats them better, we also have to look at the other side of the coin with some of the downsides this resignation has on the economy.
With "quiet quitting" comes "quiet firing."
"Quite Firing" is the opposite of "quiet quitting". It's a passive-aggressive practice where a company, instead of firing its workers, decides to mistreat them in the hope that they either quit the organization on their own or mentally check out of their job so they don't need to give a raise or promote them.
Types of "quiet firing" can include:
So if you decide to "quiet quit", look out for "quiet firing" as an attempt not to push you forward in your career.
Many businesses are struggling everywhere, but not because of the pandemic. Instead, they're struggling to find workers. You might have noticed that in every profession, from the medical field to restaurants to that little shop downtown, employees will tell you:
"Please be patient with us - we are understaffed."
We know there's a shift in employee mindsets. People want to be treated better and understand what they're worth.
We saw how the healthcare system treated its nurses. We saw how the government shut down small businesses longer than it should have.
Today's labour shortage in industries like health care and the service industry get linked to the idea that people don't want to work. But the truth is they aren't getting paid enough.
Unfortunately, due to COVID and inflation, can people even be in a position not to work? Are people just being lazy and entitled? Shouldn't people be taking work where they can get it?
Investing more in workers, offering training and career development, and paying them well can help people stay.
More people are retiring in record numbers.
As the baby boomer generation continues to retire and Gen X begins to reach retirement age, there will be gaps in the workplace that need to be filled. But, unfortunately, there don't seem to be enough people to fill the positions.
According to the Toronto Post, the number of Canadians who retired jumped almost 50 per cent in the last year. It's a trend that isn't likely to slow down.
Overall, with more people reaching the age of retirement, resigning, and "quiet quitting, " there is a shift in the workplace that both businesses and employees must adapt to build a better future for both to succeed.
"Please be patient with us - we are understaffed."
You might have noticed this sign in the storefront windows of many businesses lately - from shops to restaurants.
While some people have the luxury of doing their jobs at home, other employees have seen layoffs and even lost their jobs as their businesses ultimately couldn't recover from the lockdowns.
Over the last two years, job security and financial worry have created a lot of stress as the economy was thrown into an uncertain situation.
Adding inflation to the mix and supply issues across the board from the automotive and food industries only add to this economic tension.
Because of this anxiety, people are reflecting on their current job situations, as how people view their jobs and careers has shifted since COVID began.
Despite financial uncertainty, a wave of people are quitting their jobs in "The Great Resignation", a movement where people quit en masse because they are dissatisfied with their current job situation and hope to pursue something better.
According to a recent survey by ADP Canada Co., roughly a quarter of Canadian workers (24 per cent) have changed jobs recently to take chances on new job opportunities.
With that said, you're probably asking yourself: Why are people just quitting their jobs if there's so much uncertainty? There are so many places hiring, so why aren't people working?
The best way to describe the "Great Resignation" is to describe it as a moment of clarity. The metaphorical light bulb went off in employees' heads everywhere - and they found out what they wanted in terms of job fulfillment.
During the pandemic, some employees felt one of three things:
Besides "The Great Resignation", there's also the term "quiet quitting" that you may see popping up.
"Quiet Quitting" describes workers who only do the bare minimum or the very basic requirements of their job to keep control of their mental health by limiting the scope of their contributions to the company.
In addition, they put their well-being first by maintaining boundaries between themselves and their careers.
Overall, the pandemic has shown a shift in work culture and has offered employees a renewed sense of how much they're worth.
If the company doesn't pay their workers enough for the work that they do or don't treat them like they should, then employees will move on to something more fulfilling.
Although, this rise in quitting and the hesitancy to work has adverse effects and, unfortunately, comes at a cost.
Next week, make sure to keep an eye out for the second part of this blog series about the downsides of "The Great Resignation".