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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Food and drink blog: Growlers, a Lansdowne luxury

In case you are wondering, the best LCBO in Ottawa is at Lansdowne. It used to be the one at King Edward and Rideau—but with the new renovations at Lansdowne they managed to build beer-topia. First of all, the store is huge. Second of all, this LCBO has something I’ve never seen outside of bottle shops attached to breweries: they have a growler station. For those not aware, a growler is basically those giant bottles they often have in Bugs Bunny cartoons with “xxx” on them. The difference is that in the real world they are usually not in the hands of some cowboy character—well, not that I’ve seen. Growlers are 1.89 litres or a half-gallon in size, and are […]

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Letter: Institutions need to stop doubting sexual assault cases

“She must be doing it just for the attention or money.” This justification is uttered almost every time a rape case breaks in the news, and I’m sure it’s often whispered when a girl comes forward in her social circle. It’s even worse when someone comes forward accusing someone famous, as is painfully evident when presidential candidate Donald Trump claims that women accusing him are seeking “10 seconds of fame” during a national debate. Women and men who come forward about sexual assault are faced with such a barrage of doubt, it is no wonder that some don’t come forward. Imagine something terrible happens to you and no one believes you. If it was someone you know who did it, […]

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Food & Drink blog: Spooky beers for all your Halloween fears

As I have stated in previous blogs, fall is my favourite beer season. Once September hits, the shelves at the LCBO start to be covered in orange hues and many pumpkin puns (say that three times), and through the aisles you can see me leaping in slow motion with a smile. The doldrums of summer lagers are replaced with the rich taste of stouts and porters and yes, pumpkin. Perusing through my local LCBO this past weekend, I recognized some old faves and of course had to pick up something new. I gravitated towards Big Rig’s Tales from the Patch partly because the can art was very Tim Burton-esque. I walked by someone who was carrying three cans, which I […]

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Food and drink blog: Try the beer with the strange name

“Yes, I’ll have a Long Dark Voyage to Uranus.” No, the sentence I just uttered was not a proposal for anal sex, although that would be an awesome way of saying it –but that’s for another blog post. It’s beer, actually. And let me tell you, ordering that in a bar is pretty funny. At first I tried pointing out my beer selection on the menu, but the server quipped, “What, you’re not going to say it?” Gone are the days of plain Jane lager names, and in are the days of puns and dirty references. The activity of ordering a beer has now become a game of who can say the drink name with a straight face. Craft brewers […]

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