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Here’s the First Condom Ad Aimed at Fornication-Positive, Environmentally Minded Feminists

Nothing but the best for her vagina

By Rebecca Cullers

Sustain has become the first condom brand to aggressively market to clearly unmarried women for the sake of recreational sex with globe-trotting good Samaritans.

Jeff and Meika Hollender, the father-daughter duo who started the brand (yes, condoms can be a family business), were looking for someone to buy into rubbers made with sustainable rubber. And naturally, they looked to women.

It’s not a small market. Some 40 percent of condoms are bought by women, and research says most of those women hate buying them. Worse, only 19 percent of women age 22-44 use condoms regularly. Sustain wanted single women to be more comfortable buying their own condoms and insisting that men use them.

Which brings us to our sex-positive protagonist. She doesn’t rely on her hot, socially conscious lay to have an unexpired, unscented, properly sized condom. No, she buys her own, and because she’s all about practicing what she preaches, she makes sure they’re produced with sustainable, fair-trade rubber from a brand that also gives 10 percent back to support women’s reproductive health.

Yes, this modern woman with her slight southern draw has all the shock potential but without quite the acting chops of the Poo-Pouri girl. But all Sustain has to do is get some conservatives upset about this ad showing a lady who enjoys having sex for fun, and it could go all the way.

Let it Go New Year’s Eve Party

Join the Trapeze New Year’s Eve Party and swing in 2015 properly. Let 2014 go with a snowy shin dig.  All of the pretty partiers will be in our club. Order tickets ahead of time by speaking to the staff. The event sells out every year.

On the menu: Surf & Turf and a champagne toast at midnight.


$175 if purchased close of business Dec. 28.

$200 if purchased at the door.

$80 for entrance after midnight.

Single Ladies: $50

No Single Men.

Hours: 8 p.m.- 4 a.m.

*Memberships required.

Breast Cancer Survivors Reclaiming Bodies

In the swinging world, so much emphasis is placed on the perfect perky breast. Now, thanks to an app and tattoos, women are reclaiming their bodies, post cancer.


Inkspiration, the new app from P.Ink, can be viewed in this screen grab. PersonalInkProject/YouTube, an organization that assists breast cancer survivors, has kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a new tattoo app designed to help women who are looking to hide scar tissue.

Launched in early 2013, helps breast cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies and breast reconstruction by connecting them with a tattoo artist that creates designs to cover and hide scar tissue from such operations. Now the organization has released Inkspiration, an app that gives women a preview of how a particular tattoo would look on their bodies.

“When you’ve had a mastectomy, whether you’ve had plastic surgery or not, you’re still going to have scar tissue…many survivors who are not ‘tattoo people’ are suddenly open to it,” said Noel Franus, a co-founder of

With the app, a woman can take a picture of her body, paste a tattoo on to it and see if she likes how it looks. The app also displays body types with common forms of scar tissue that may result from mastectomies. Once they have made a decision, the organization helps connect them with a tattoo artist who has experience in tattooing mastectomy scar tissue.

Karen Richards was one of the beta testers for the app and says it’s a great device for women who are unsure about or trying to find the right tattoo and is for women who have undergone breast reconstruction or not.

“I think it’s an incredible way for women to experiment with tattoos and designs before they commit to having ink on their body.”

Richards, a 12-year breast cancer survivor, says the scarring acts as a reminder of the ordeal.

“Even though my scars have faded, it’s still the very first thing I see when I look in the mirror,” she said. “For me, it doesn’t matter how long has passed. It’s still the first thing I see.”

Franus says the app will soon offer more features, including an option for purchasing temporary tattoos in the mail.

“The big deal is they have for the first time a very visceral look at what the future looks like on their own terms.”

Richards has not yet come to a decision. I’m working with my artist,” she says, and using the app to experiment with different designs.

Inkspiration is only available on the iPhone, but an android-version is expected to be released soon.

Tattoo artist Samantha Rae will be tattooing Carey Radsma, a breast cancer survivor, with a cherry blossom tattoo over her mastectomy scars on Oct. 10 in Vancouver for Day.

Photograph by: Aaron Hinks , Nanaimo Daily News

Breast cancer survivors reclaim their bodies with tattoos

A few months into what Carey Radsma calls her “breast cancer journey,” she told her daughter she wanted a tattoo.

On Oct. 10, with her daughter at her side, Radsma will get her tattoo — a cherry blossom design that will flow over both breasts and conceal her mastectomy scars.

“I’m just so excited,” she said Saturday.

Radsma was selected to be part of Day, a North American movement that brings breast cancer survivors together with tattoo artists for free treatment. “Breast cancer doesn’t have to leave the last mark,” says the Day website.

For Radsma, it’s about “moving forward.”

The Sooke woman said she can live with the scars, but the thought of looking in the mirror and seeing something beautiful in their place is inspiring.

Radsma chose branches and cherry blossoms to represent a fresh start. Her experience with breast cancer has changed the way she lives — from worrying the disease could return, to focusing more on her family and friends.

“The blossoms symbolize a new beginning,” she said.

Radsma’s tattoo will be done by Samantha Rae, a Qualicum Beach tattoo artist.

Rae said mastectomy scars vary by person and procedure. Scar tissue takes ink differently than other skin, requiring an artist with special training and experience.

“If you have [a tattoo artist] who knows what they’re doing, the results are amazing,” she said.

Radsma’s tattoo will take six or seven hours, covering both breasts with black and grey branches and pink cherry blossoms. A small hummingbird, representing Radsma’s supporters, will cover another scar left by an IV port.

“It will be a floral, flowing piece,” said Rae.

The tattoo will be done at Compassionate Beauty, an oncology boutique and spa in Kitsilano.

“We’re happy to be hosting,” said owner Cathie Easdown. “For some women, this is a way to reclaim their body and embrace their journey.”

Radsma’s journey began a few days after her 50th birthday in December 2010, when she found a lump in one of her breasts. A biopsy diagnosed breast cancer, which had infected her lymph nodes as well.

“The world turned upside-down,” she recalled.

Radsma underwent 15 rounds of chemotherapy and 30 rounds of radiation. She had both breasts removed in July 2012.

Reconstruction began almost immediately, with a plastic surgeon beginning the process during the mastectomy. The process was completed in January 2013.

Radsma expects the tattoo will bring further healing. The grandmother said she was “ecstatic” when she found the design she wanted. She knows Oct. 10 will be an emotional day, tearing up a little as she talked about it.

“Emotional, but all positive, all good,” she said.

SLS’s Pretty in Pink

Saturday, October 11

SLS’s Pretty in Pink

Time to go girly. Step into some pink for a night on the town with your friends at Swinglifestyle. They are asking you to show your pretty in pink side in recognition of breast cancer awareness month.

Get on the SLS guest list and save $10. Don leaves and nothing else and save an additional $10.*

Hours: 8 p.m. – 4 a.m.

Couples: $80 | Single Ladies: $15 | No Single Men

*Membership required. Must sign up by noon October 11. Cannot be combined with other discount, vouchers or passes. You must arrive before midnight and mention your SLS name to receive discounts.

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Trapeze is an upscale adult private membership club that caters to adventurous and open-minded couples, as well as to select single males and sexy single females. We offer a little something for everyone, including lifestyle sponsored events with, and Many of our guests choose to come in costume while others prefer to blend in. Whatever your particular preference, feel free to mingle with other club-goers and get to know our regulars. Couples and single females may attend nightly events at Trapeze while attendance by single gentlemen is limited. Swingers from all over the country travel hundreds of miles just to attend our outrageous parties.


Trapeze opens its doors at 8pm and operates 52 weeks out of the year. Our primary focus is on you, the member, a philosophy which we consistently put into action. We ask that everyone attending our events adhere to a sophisticated dress code if they want to party with us for the evening. Guests are also required to pay an annual membership fee along with a nightly user fee.


Trapeze Swingers Club is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) establishment. We employ only the hottest and friendliest of staff to serve you, as well as provide complimentary mixers for all your drinks. Trapeze Atlanta and Trapeze Fort Lauderdale offers a gourmet buffet, prepared by our in-house chefs and spa-quality amenities such as attended locker rooms and showers. You won’t find a perfect, all-inclusive facility anywhere that comes close to what Trapeze offers!