Porn problems: Is porn making us less intimate?

In today’s digital culture, satisfying one’s pornography craving is as simple as completing a quick Google search or visiting popular streaming sites such as Pornhub. Pornhub, which has become one of the most recognized and successful porn websites in the world, keeps its own metrics on traffic to its website. In 2016 alone, the site had 23 billion visitors, which accounted for 64 million per day. People are consuming porn at a rapid rate. In fact, according to Pornhub, Canada falls fourth on its list of the top 10 countries when it comes to per capita page-views. Free and easy access Through the internet, pornography has become easily accessible, with much of it being available instantly for free. While many […]

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Moving in: what to do when your roommate drives you up the wall

When the end of the summer rolls around, many Canadian undergraduate students begin the process of packing their bags and getting ready to live on their own for the first time. However, while some students may bond instantly with their new roommate, some may find themselves sleeping beside their worst enemy. Attending university or college can be regarded as a rite of passage for many young adults. Because of this, students often do a great deal of research before deciding which university program to pursue and where to study it. Part of that research involves deciding where to live while in school. Students studying away from home are likely living in shared residence rooms or in homes with other students. For […]

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Fiction in the fabric: Is cultural appropriation just a fashion statement?

Victoria Christie explores the contentious issue of cultural appropriation in fashion and how it’s impacting Indigenous communities in Canada. The tassels on her jacket swung back and forth as she strutted down the runway to the steady beat of a drum. The model wore crisp trousers, bedazzled high heels and a fur coat accented with a black and white Indigenous inspired print. The show was called Eskimo Aristocrats. It was Dsquared2’s Fall 2015 collection at Milan Fashion Week, designed by Toronto-born fashion designers Dean and Dan Caten. The runway show was sprinkled with Indigenous cultural symbols. A tassel here, some fur there. All topped off with the most extravagant jewelry. The collection also had an accompanying hashtag, #Dsquaw, which featured […]

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Losing it: understanding virginity in the 21st century

While the beginning of a new school year usually sees university students attending new classes, buying textbooks, and reading course outlines, some may also be hatching a plan to ditch their V-card status. On the surface, virginity seems like a pretty straightforward concept. A person is a virgin if they haven’t had sex, and isn’t if they have. Among millennials, virginity can even be the quickest way to decide whether someone is a prude or a slut. However, in reality, the concept of virginity is vastly more complicated. In fact, according to Ummni Khan, an associate professor of legal studies at Carleton University, virginity is a deeply ideological construct. “[It’s] based on cis-normative and heterosexist understandings of sexual phases,” Khan who […]

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Drug facilitated sexual assault: what you should know before Frosh 2017

If you have ever hesitated before taking a sip of the drink you left with a friend at a bar, you are not alone. Drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) happens more than you think, and it’s four times more likely to occur to someone while they’re completing their post-secondary education, according to Carleton University’s Equity Services webpage. Carole Miller, a crisis counsellor for the Ottawa Police Service, has spoken with many people who have experienced sexual assault, but said it happens more often in universities where experimentation with alcohol and sexuality is already happening. “It’s a tough subject, and normal rites of passage, normal, healthy experimentation is happening anyways,” she said. According to the Equity Services department webpage, “[DFSA is] […]

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