Losing it: understanding virginity in the 21st century

While the beginning of a new school year usually sees university students attending new classes, buying textbooks, and reading course outlines, some may also be hatching a plan to ditch their V-card status. On the surface, virginity seems like a pretty straightforward concept. A person is a virgin if they haven’t had sex, and isn’t if they have. Among millennials, virginity can even be the quickest way to decide whether someone is a prude or a slut. However, in reality, the concept of virginity is vastly more complicated. In fact, according to Ummni Khan, an associate professor of legal studies at Carleton University, virginity is a deeply ideological construct. “[It’s] based on cis-normative and heterosexist understandings of sexual phases,” Khan who […]

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Combating sexual assault at Carleton

Sexual assault on campuses is a pressing issue that universities struggle to deal with day in and day out. Carleton is no exception. A man was charged with assault of three female staff members at the university this September added visibility to the ongoing battle against sexual assault and rape culture. The first six weeks of school are increasingly referred to as the “red zone,” as most sexual assaults on campuses happen between orientation week and thanksgiving weekend. Carrolyn Johnston, co-ordinator of Carleton’s Sexual Assault Support Services, said although she is not familiar with the term the red zone, statistically it is correct. “Anecdotally, we do see more people seeking support and information at the beginning of the fall semester,” […]

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