Letter: Limiting explicit content is about public conduct

RE: Library patrons can view what they want, Sept. 28-Oct. 4 A few weeks ago, an Ottawa mother raised concerns about her children witnessing a man watching pornography in the Greenboro branch of the Ottawa Public Library. After bringing the issue up with the library, she found out, to her surprise, that watching pornography in the public library is not prohibited at all. While some may argue that the OPL has the right to uphold the man’s right to freedom of information and speech, we need to recognize the benefits of putting limitations on these freedoms for the good of the collective, especially in public spaces. We live in an age of relativism in which many hold the belief that […]

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Sex and the Single Student: The sexualization of skin

I remember being seven or eight, getting changed after swimming lessons and seeing a naked woman. I remember being horrified at her heavy breasts and large areolas. Terrified by her hips and the dark hair between her legs. It was so different from my own shapeless and smooth body, so wild and animal compared to the softness of youth. I was ashamed when she caught me staring and embarrassed by my curiosity. I don’t think I’d ever seen a naked body besides my mother’s or some other female family members’, which had never inspired the same violent response. When is a child taught to be ashamed of their body? At what point do we learn that the very vessel that […]

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That tricky four-letter word: Changing perspectives on porn in modern society

Porn: Seen by some as an outlet for the creative feminist and by others as a social ill, poisoning society and families. While the pornography debate has been raging for millennia, the Internet is presenting new challenges in the creation and consumption. Now explicit images are more available than ever before—for better or for worse, the whole world is watching. Pornography and feminism The question of how to even define porn and what porn is versus what pornography is, are some of the key questions professor Bobby Noble specializes in at York University. “There’s some tensions arising in the practice and the discourse between porn, a four-letter word, and pornography, a much longer word,” he says. “Both of those involve and signify […]

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