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: You should go and love yourself

Note: This blog post was written by an author who identifies as female. Not all tips may be applicable to all people. While it’s great to acknowledge that the relationships we make with others are important and can be some of the best parts of life, our relationships with ourselves also deserve our respect and attention. So maybe this year, try being the good kind of selfish: think about what you need. We need things emotionally and physically, but let’s start with those physical needs: take some time, alone, to–cough, cough–masturbate. Now all jokes aside it’s a good way to release some tension and find a happy and calm space. It also releases endorphins which make you feel great. Physical […]

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Sex blog: Let’s talk about sex, baby

The golden rule for sex is to always communicate. Of course, this is easier said than done, even if you feel completely at ease with whoever’s genitals you are fooling around with. Personal tastes are, well, personal, and there is a lot of stigma associated with many fetishes. Fear of rejection or ridicule is all too common, but I promise you it doesn’t have to be that way. Take no shame in your interests. Whether it’s BDSM, group sex, roleplay, anal play or literally anything ever, if it’s legal and consensual then it’s all good, baby bay-bay. Sure, others may not be into it, and that’s their prerogative—but you have the right to indulge in any consensual activity with whoever […]

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Letter: Respect those who choose to be abstinent

Events like Sexapalooza have created a more open discussion about sex and sexuality, but with all this talk of sex among students, we don’t seem to be addressing everything. The truth is, not everyone wants sex. But there isn’t much conversation when it comes to choosing to abstain from the act. Instead, it is more likely to get quiet nods and sarcastic comments like, “Well, it’s your choice.” The worst of all is the forlorn puppy dog eyes that scream, “You are missing out!” There is no convention telling you it’s okay to not want sex, or celebrating not being with somebody. As much as Sexapalooza appears to accept all LGBTQ members, the acronym is a bit longer and the […]

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Letter: Sexapalooza normalizes student sex life

Sex is a part of life that most university students engage in regularly. However, openly discussing sex or a sex life that deviates from “the norm” continues to be treated as a taboo topic. Alienating people based on their sexual preferences—regardless of how simple or extreme they may be—reduces the likelihood that these behaviours will be discussed and expressed in a comfortable manner. This lack of comfort leaves room for a lack of sexual education, and increases the risk of students engaging in unsafe sex. However, events like this past weekend’s Sexapalooza—where every gender, sexual preference, and wild fantasy is accepted and encouraged—perpetuate a positive sexual dialogue that should be more common in our culture. “Sexy” is not typically the […]

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