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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Ottawa students come together for Capital Pride

Despite a heavy downpour during Ottawa’s Capital Pride parade, demonstrators and parade bystanders brought out the rainbow on Aug. 21. Ottawa students marched together behind a float hosted by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), alongside several other organizations and groups to support Pride. “It was really great to see so many kinds of groups coming together for such an important celebration,” said Bilan Arte, the national chairperson of the CFS. “I hope that people think back beyond the major amounts of sponsorship that we see today to think about the critical and political roots of Pride.” Carleton students also marched, including members of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and the Rideau River Residence […]

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