Let’s talk about sex, baby: RRRA hosts Sex Week

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) educated students on sex positivity at its Sex Week events held from Oct. 2-6. Brittany Galler, the vice president (programming) of RRRA and co-ordinator for the awareness week, said its aim was to have an interactive and friendly discussion about topics related to sex, such as sexuality and consent, in a non-judgmental environment. “Studies have shown that the first few months of university are critical, statistically speaking, for occurrences of sexual violence. Because of the high sexual violence rates at this time of the year, it is extremely important to have events such as this one to promote consent culture, safe sex, and healthy relationships,” Galler said. Venus Envy, an award-winning sex shop and […]

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Porn problems: Is porn making us less intimate?

In today’s digital culture, satisfying one’s pornography craving is as simple as completing a quick Google search or visiting popular streaming sites such as Pornhub. Pornhub, which has become one of the most recognized and successful porn websites in the world, keeps its own metrics on traffic to its website. In 2016 alone, the site had 23 billion visitors, which accounted for 64 million per day. People are consuming porn at a rapid rate. In fact, according to Pornhub, Canada falls fourth on its list of the top 10 countries when it comes to per capita page-views. Free and easy access Through the internet, pornography has become easily accessible, with much of it being available instantly for free. While many […]

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Carleton Pride Week celebrates activist history

This year’s Pride Week at Carleton revolves around the theme of activism, as chosen by the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC) programming co-ordinator Keya Prempeh. Starting off the week was a screening of United in Anger on Jan. 16, which documented the actions of the activist group ACT UP! in pushing for better access to AIDS research and treatment the emergence of the disease. The following day saw a workshop on sex and disability hosted by the sex shop Venus Envy, which promoted awareness for problems people with disabilities face in their sexuality. Sex toys were presented courtesy of the shop to highlight the number of options available for those with physical and mental disabilities. Both an activist caucus […]

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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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Bending the fashion rules: exploring gender-bending and the future of the fashion trend

The chatter from the eager audience fades away into the soft strum of an acoustic guitar. The dark room is suddenly illuminated, revealing a long, rectangular runway lined with fashion bloggers, fashion critics, and celebrities in the front row. Cell phones cast a glow on the faces of fashion’s elite. As a burst of camera flashes go off, a model with long honey-blond hair sashays down the runway. In a crimson pussy bow blouse, black tailored trousers, and a statement gold belt, all eyes are on him—yes, him. This is the beginning of Gucci’s menswear collection at Milan Fashion Week for the fall/winter 2015-16 season. For Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, this was his debut into the world of menswear […]

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