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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A/V Blog: Non-fiction podcasts for the new year

The new year is a great time for new beginnings—new starts to new stories. One frequent new year’s resolution people add to their lists is to become more educated. If you’re one of those people, listening to great non-fiction storytelling podcasts is a great way to help achieve that goal. Consuming stories helps connect us to places and people we otherwise wouldn’t encounter in everyday life, expanding our horizons to new ideas and experiences. Podcasts have a particularly compelling way of capturing stories through music, atmospheric sound, and interview clips. So educate yourselves, expand your horizons, and download a few episodes of some of these great true-story podcasts for your listening pleasure. This American Life A classic, long-running storytelling podcast, […]

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In/Words releases anonymous poetry issue

What would you put out into the world if no one knew it were you? The most recent issue of In/Words, Carleton’s in-house small press literary magazine, had people asking themselves this question. The anonymous issue takes submissions of poetry that were submitted to the In/Words website betwen October and November. Submissions do not have to be from Carleton students, or even the greater Ottawa community. The front cover shows a graphic of all the submissions inextricably layered together. Doug Dumais, co-editor of In/Words, said the experimentation with the poems submitted was notable in this issue. “I was expecting to see more of topics you wouldn’t see spoken so openly, but it was great to see that people experimented not […]

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Hooking-up, Tinder, and casual sex: What hook-up culture means for millennials

You go home with a girl after dancing all night at the club. You swipe right on Tinder and meet a guy for the infamous “Tinder date.” You get a text from that friend you just started meeting up with over the summer. You’re not the only one. According to a study by the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, 60 to 80 per cent of students in North America say they’ve had an experience “hooking up” with someone. “There’s still a lot of slut-shaming, and still a lot of ideas about what kind of person it makes you if you, say, hook-up with three different people in one week.”  —Samantha Whittle, owner of Venus Envy Hooking up, […]

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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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