CUSA service centres celebrate intersectionality

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), along with several of its service centres, such as the Womyn’s Centre, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC), and the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC), are hosting a series of events on campus to promote intersectionality from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Harar Hall, a co-ordinator at the Womyn’s Centre described “intersectionality” in an email. “Very simplistically, it’s the understanding that people are complex and layered. It is recognition that the layer of people’s identity (gender, sexuality, race, class, ability etc.) impact the way we see the world but also the way that the world sees, treats, and gives opportunities to us.” Hall said there are four events being hosted throughout the week, such […]

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Peer support line sees more interest, recruitment

A Carleton student-run sexual violence peer support hotline is recruiting volunteers from more faculties than ever before after demand for its services increased exponentially last year. Volunteers at the Carleton Sexual Assault Peer Support Line offer anonymous callers a listening ear and direct them to local resources to deal with their trauma if they need further support, Emily Minor, the executive officer of the line, said. According to her, the hotline is a Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) club that was created in 2010 after Carleton’s response to the 2007 “Jane Doe” sexual assault case was criticized and resulted in a negligence lawsuit from the complainant. Minor said she sent out a mass email to all Carleton faculties a few […]

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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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Male birth control: The future of sexual health?

Birth control pills have been a female-centred form of contraception since its creation in the 1960s, but recent studies are being conducted on two new birth control methods for men. “A male contraceptive could change things between men and women. It might turn birth control into a shared responsibility, where it’s been a sole responsibility largely of women for the last 60 years,” said physician and medical columnist Brian Goldman on his CBC Radio show White Coat, Black Art. What is birth control? According to Planned Parenthood, birth control allows individuals to prevent pregnancy and plan the timing of it. Birth control, with the exception of condoms, does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Female birth control For women, […]

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Policy talks: A look behind Carleton’s sexual assault conduct

On June 2, Stanford University student Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in the Santa Clara County jail for sexually assaulting a 22-year-old female at a party on campus while she was intoxicated. The verdict was met with an uproar from the public, some calling for a harsher sentence, and others finding it fair. An open letter written by the female who was assaulted, published on Buzzfeed, tells a harrowing tale of her experiences and their aftermath. Turner’s father, however, failed to see the severity of his son’s actions and said that his sentence was “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action.” One thing is for sure about this case: it is one of many sexual […]

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