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: A dating guide to Capital Pride

Of all the cities to be out in, Ottawa ranks pretty high, but falls quite short of Toronto when it comes to a vibrant LGBTQ+ community. In a city as small as this, it is often hard to meet other LGBTQ+ people and find spaces with events for us. Some days, it can feel like you’re the only queer person in your sphere of existence. And as much as Canada is one of the safest places in the world to be LGBTQ+, there are days when it can still be hard and we all still face adversity from those who don’t understand or accept us for who we are. Pride is when everything shifts in our favor, even if it’s […]

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Sex Blog: The friend zone is a myth

If I hear one more person tell me they’ve been “friend-zoned” as if they’ve been shipped off to a remote city in Northern Ireland to live alone for a decade, I might tear my hair out. Friendship isn’t a bargaining chip for your relationship or your hook-up desires. It’s not a default connection you have to endure in order to get what you really want. And it certainly isn’t a “zone” you don’t want to be in. You’re either friends with someone or you aren’t. If you are friends with them, but you also want to touch their hands and stick your tongue down their throat, that’s cool. We all want to do that with someone at some point. But […]

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Sex Blog: Have sex on the first date, if you want to

First-date sex. Oh baby, here’s a contentious topic. When I started dating, my mom did her best to hammer the message into my head that if I go out with a guy and I want him to “take me seriously,” I’d better wait a respectable amount of time before I get into bed with him. I was, and continue to be, fiercely resistant to most of my mother’s dating advice, but this rule in particular has always been something I’ve questioned. How long am I supposed to be waiting? Five dates? Until he pops the question? What is this mysterious point at which I transform from an easy lay to serious girlfriend material in a guy’s eyes? Is this something […]

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There are plenty of fish in the sea: Online dating vs. traditional dating

From winking to smooching emoticons, flirting has taken a whole new face. Then scrolling through faces and composing checklists are the next step to finding new love. Welcome to the world of online dating—the newest matchmaker system that’s taking the dating world by storm. But do the cons of this meeting forum outweigh the pros? You gotta meet a couple of frogs It’s the classic online dating nightmare. After finally having the courage to set up a date with someone you’ve met online, you discover the person is not at all like how they portrayed themselves to be on their profile. The situation is a common one, according to Suzie A., an Ottawa-based dating consultant. “It happens a lot,” she […]

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