Let’s talk about sex: a conversation about sexuality in the millennial era

As Ottawa and Carleton get ready to welcome winter, the cold and the constant indoors has more than a few of us wanting to hunker down with someone special. While many of us crave the security of being in a relationship, many millennials would prefer to stay single. However, this doesn’t mean they’re having more sex. Are millennials really having less sex? From the New York Times to Vice, recent articles on sex in the 21st-century are suggesting that millennials are having less sex and fewer sexual partners than previous generations, with little explanation as to why. Harar Hall, co-ordinator of Carleton University’s Womyn’s Centre, debunked the idea that millennials are less sexually active than previous generations by looking at the […]

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Two sizes too small: body image and the fashion world

As the chill of October comes to a close and the suburban streets light up from the orange glow of jack-o-lanterns, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is here. With this yearly holiday comes the tradition of dressing up. From Wonder Woman to the Walking Dead, the choices are unlimited—unless your waistline exceeds 32 inches. According to Statistics Canada, the average waist circumference of a Canadian woman between the ages of 18 and 79 is approximately 34 inches. For males, the number is higher, sitting at around 37 inches. When comparing these numbers with sizing charts on numerous costume websites, the largest sizes available without switching into the plus-size section are only suitable for women with waists of 32 to 34 […]

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What’s in a name? Canadians debate the memorialization of historic figures

Calls to have controversial figures stripped off buildings or monuments have grown in strength recently, and university campuses haven’t gone unscathed. Today, the Indigenous peoples of Canada still challenge the glorification of historical figures who once condemned their cultures and their ancestors. This manifests itself through the multitude of post-secondary institutions, buildings, monuments, and streets that memorialize public figures who were involved in the systematic genocide of Indigenous identity, heritage and population. Recently, a debate has sparked about the renaming and removal of these memorials and the repercussions that surround it. Bruce Elliott, a history professor at Carleton who specializes in 18th and 19th century history, points out that a lot of monuments and buildings were actually erected by white […]

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Alt-rights? White supremacy in Canada and on campus

Graham Swaney explores how Canadian universities are balancing the right to freedom-of-speech in a world increasingly motivated by hate. Far-right nationalism and white supremacy have seen a massive global resurgence in recent years. While Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is perhaps the most notable manifestation of this trend, white supremacist activity and right-wing nationalism has also established footholds in many other Western nations. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front party won over a third of the votes cast in the 2017 French presidential elections, and just a few weeks ago, Germany’s far-right party Alternative for Germany took 13 per cent of the national vote which enabled them to enter the country’s parliament for the first time. […]

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Opioids on campus: What are Canada’s post-secondary institutions doing to keep you safe?

Post-secondary students, many who have moved away from home for the first time, have the potential to face all kinds of hazards and dangers. While young adults have been known to experiment with drugs and alcohol while attending school, recent research reveals they are now at greater risk of hospitalization due to opioid overdoses. This means Canadian post-secondary institutions are now tasked with the balancing-act of educating students, while also doing their best to keep them safe from life-threatening drugs. According to a 2016 report co-authored by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, 13 people were hospitalized due to an opioid overdose on an average day in Canada in 2014-15. The report also found […]

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