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: Navigating a summer fling

There’s really only one thing you need to know when puzzling out how to have a summer fling: communication is key (this can also apply to longer-term relationships). If this tip was all you needed, then exit this blog, get up and go have that mind-blowing summer sex (or whatever it is you’re in to). If not, keep reading, and by the time you’re done you’ll be on your way to a coffee shop or local bookstore to meet the guy or gal of your summer dreams. Figuring out what you want is an important part of your summer fling. Be it a one-night stands, sex, or romance, once you know what you want, it’ll be way easier to find […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Does meditation really help?

Meditation—sometimes known as mindfulness—is a state of deep peace and calmness where you just let your thoughts flow naturally and relax. When most people think of meditation, they think of Buddhist monks sitting quietly and trying to achieve nirvana, but can regular people also use it to help them in their daily lives? Meditation has been said to help reduce stress, boost self awareness, and make you more creative. It slows down the activity in your brain and lets you become deeply relaxed, but how does this work? I decided to look into it. A 2011 study from Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital tested the effects of meditation on participants over an eight-week period. They focused on general […]

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Sex Blog: Casual sex isn’t always casual

In today’s swipe-right world, it’s pretty easy to find casual sex whenever you want it. This is great news for groups that have traditionally had their sexuality policed, and those who aren’t looking for commitment. Casual sex is for physical pleasure, no emotions included. Get off, and get out. It’s often more fun than masturbating, without the stress that can come from a relationship. Considering that about half our generation grew up with divorced parents, coupled with the prevalence of mental health awareness, people might not want to get into a relationship willy-nilly—I, for one, want to make sure I’m in a stable place mentally before this happens. Casual sex is an easy way to have your physical needs satisfied […]

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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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