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: 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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Letter: Sex culture in residence diminishes real connections

Moving into residence is fun for a lot of reasons. For most young adults, it’s the first chance we get true freedom. We can do what we want without our parents interfering. Without these rules, many young adults become more promiscuous than they were under their parents’ roof. For those living on campus who are constantly surrounded by potential sexual partners, residence becomes a breeding ground for sex rather than just socialization. The need to be accepted and conform to the social rules set by those around us also plays a part in becoming more adventurous in residence. Combined with the near-official support for casual sex from media targeted at young adults, this makes the choice to have meaningless sex […]

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Sex Blog: You can go your own way

“The vast majority of people are straight, with their sexual identities, attractions, and behaviors lined up like ducks in a row. A small percentage of people aren’t straight, and their sexuality is far more complicated.” The Daily Beast wrote this in a recent article on a study by researchers at Washington State University. The study supposedly debunked the idea that sexuality is fluid, at least between those who identify as straight and those who are not straight. But as someone who fits in the “not straight” category, all I have to say to the fact it’s apparently more complicated is: Yeah, no shit. I had a major internal battle when I started coming out as bisexual. I went back and […]

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Sex Blog: Ending slut-shaming must start with women

When I was in high school, I casually slept with this guy over the course of a summer. Drunk and horny, I went home with him after a party one night. We hooked up, I fell asleep, and I left in the morning like usual. Later that summer, a male friend pulled me aside at a party and said he had to show me something. On his phone was a picture of me lying passed out, my naked body, splayed across my hookup’s bed. Another male friend had taken the picture without my knowledge the night I was drunk and fell asleep after having sex, and had been sharing it around.  I still can’t think about that picture without reliving […]

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