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When you need to “prove it” How constructions of sex and virginity have influenced my queer identity
Feb13

When you need to “prove it” How constructions of sex and virginity have influenced my queer identity

Graphic by Elisabetta Paiano / Production Editor By Julia Healy, Contributor CW: Mentions sexual violence Sex and I have a fraught relationship with one another. As a girl growing up as a lesbian in a fairly conservative religious environment, my parents, teachers and peers frequently insinuated that queer attraction, particularly attraction between women, was attention-seeking and a phase. This stereotype made me constantly doubt my...

Sex and the Steel City Art Submissions McMaster students explore the themes of Sex and the Steel City with diverse art mediums
Feb13

Sex and the Steel City Art Submissions McMaster students explore the themes of Sex and the Steel City with diverse art mediums

Claire Kim | @ck_digital_arts I Am Beauty Ink Illustration and Digital Art This artwork illustrates the beauty of sexuality and the immersive experience behind self-empowerment. A mixture of space, nature, and modern identity, the self represents the beauty of openness and freedom to express oneself. It also represents the complexity and ambiguity behind a person’s desire to find meaning in a world that demands homogeneity.  Pluto’s...

Learning love from literature An exploration of the relationship between literature and love
Feb13

Learning love from literature An exploration of the relationship between literature and love

Graphic by Elisabetta Paiano / Production Editor By Nisha Gill, Contributor Literature can be a wonderful escape from the dreariness of the winter months; there are few things better than being curled up in front of a warm fire with a good book. Perhaps counterintuitively, as much as it is an escape from our world, literature has a lot to teach us about the world we live in, especially with regard to love. “Literature is always to...

Loud and proud Dealing with my own truths and identities
Feb13

Loud and proud Dealing with my own truths and identities

Photo C/O Yannis Papanastasopoulos By A. A., Contributor I was on a study date with a couple of my close friends at a Starbucks we used to go to almost every single day. A couple guys we had met there came and sat with us to study. Skim forward a little bit, my friend, who knew I was gay, made a joke and exposed my sexuality to one of the guys. All of a sudden, everything changed in the way he spoke, as if he was trying to alienate...

Queer eye for fashion How my fashion has informed my identity
Feb13

Queer eye for fashion How my fashion has informed my identity

Photos C/O Katie Cui By Anonymous, Contributor The idea of femininity is one that, for a long time, upset me. I remember distinctly hating to wear the dresses my family bought me. I didn’t want to be exposed. I didn’t want to perpetuate the notion of what a woman should be within society. I didn’t want to feel objectified by men, I didn’t want to be regarded as “weak”, “fragile” or “sensitive”. However, that didn’t mean I didn’t want...