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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Sex blog: Let’s talk about sex, baby

The golden rule for sex is to always communicate. Of course, this is easier said than done, even if you feel completely at ease with whoever’s genitals you are fooling around with. Personal tastes are, well, personal, and there is a lot of stigma associated with many fetishes. Fear of rejection or ridicule is all too common, but I promise you it doesn’t have to be that way. Take no shame in your interests. Whether it’s BDSM, group sex, roleplay, anal play or literally anything ever, if it’s legal and consensual then it’s all good, baby bay-bay. Sure, others may not be into it, and that’s their prerogative—but you have the right to indulge in any consensual activity with whoever […]

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Sex blog: Consent campaigns and the complexity of sex

Communication is the key to sex-cess (insert laughter/groaning here), and consent is a major component of communication. There has been a lot of talk about consent lately, which is great. Consent is a two-way street: sexual partners also have the responsibility to ask consent. You want to have sex and someone says no? Don’t have sex. Someone wants to have sex with you and you don’t? Say no. These yes-or-no campaigns treat consent as a black-and-white issue: either you have it or you don’t. While it’s great that more and more people are being informed about consent, I strongly believe these campaigns could do a better job of reflecting the diversity of sex. Consent is easy to define with a […]

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Jian Ghomeshi trial witness speaks during Consent Culture Week

Linda Christina Redgrave delivered a keynote speech on Oct. 18 as a part of this year’s Consent Culture Week at Carleton Redgrave was known as ‘Witness 1’ during the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial, and was one of three women that testified during the trial. Ghomeshi, a former CBC radio host, was found not guilty of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking in May 2016. Redgrave spoke to about 100 students in Fenn Lounge about the issues with the justice system in regards to sexual assault cases. “The day I went to report [the assault], my life changed,” she said. When discussing the trial, Redgrave said it can be a brutal process. “Had I not had […]

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Carleton releases new draft of sexual violence policy to students, includes term “rape culture”

Carleton released a revised draft of its sexual violence policy on Oct. 6 in an email to students, and is now looking to collect feedback on the policy. Feedback will be collected from students until the end of the month, after which a final draft will go to the university’s Board of Governors for approval in December. Consultations on the policy have been ongoing since the spring—other than a hiatus over the summer—to get input from community groups on what the policy should entail. The recently released draft policy is longer than the one from March, and has also been restructured, said Jen Sugar, director of student affairs at Carleton. The changes were necessary after the Ontario government released additional […]

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