Canadians are in favour of more discussion on almost every surveyed topic than their British or American counterparts, including homosexuality, non-penetrative sex, sexual pleasure and abortion.
It's called the Chat Room, and its moderators Jane Langton and Clayton Boehler are part of a new breed of sexual health educators -- professionals determined to take sexual education beyond the classroom, as part of a countrywide wave of evolving attitudes toward sex and sexuality.
"I see sex ed as starting right from birth, and going on until death," Boehler explains. It's hundreds of conversations -- and not just about the mechanics of sex.
Here's a thought experiment: when is the last time you walked into a coffee shop and heard people discussing fetishes, sex toys, masturbation, pornography, anal sex, medication and sexuality, polyamory, boundaries, dirty talk or the politics of orgasm?
Every Sunday, in the conference room of a coffee shop on Vancouver's North Shore, participants as young as 20 or as old as 70 and 80 engage in frank, informal and non-judgmental conversation on these topics and more.
The program began in February (hosted in Langton's living room) with only four people.
These days, sessions average nine or 10 attendees, sometimes more.
In North Vancouver, both the seniors' and the regular Chat Room programs continue to grow in size and scope.
So, what advice would Langton and Boehler have for potential new participants? And then, people start talking, because they realize that we're not here to disrespect anybody.
Nationwide, condom use is on the rise amongst younger teens, but on the decline in older ones.