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Toronto-based artist explores women’s sexuality Mia Sandhu’s paper cut outs depict her evolving ideas on women’s sexuality
Feb14

Toronto-based artist explores women’s sexuality Mia Sandhu’s paper cut outs depict her evolving ideas on women’s sexuality

Photos C/O Mia Sandhu By: Rya Buckley   Mia Sandhu’s paper cut outs depict images of women partially or entirely nude, amidst backgrounds of leaves or behind curtains. She began working on these figures four years ago as a way of working through her own ideas about women’s sexuality. Sandhu is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Kingston, Halifax and Hamilton. She is a member...

Seriously, can we scrap the term “sexually active?” How clinical language can lead to disparities in sexual healthcare for the LGBTQ2S+ community
Feb14

Seriously, can we scrap the term “sexually active?” How clinical language can lead to disparities in sexual healthcare for the LGBTQ2S+ community

Graphic by Sukaina Imam By: Julia Healy “Sexually active” is an awkward phrase that many of us only hear in the doctor’s office. It is used in an attempt to bridge the intimate world of sex with the clinical and professional world of medicine, which is not an inherently harmful goal. What is harmful is that whether or not one is sexually active is often the only question concerning sexual health that is asked during a doctor’s visit....

“Me” time for better “us” time How focusing on self-love and introspection can improve your relationships
Feb14

“Me” time for better “us” time How focusing on self-love and introspection can improve your relationships

Graphics by Sukaina Imam By: Jackie McNeill When I had friends over as a kid, I would pull my mom aside after a few hours and ask, “When are they going to leave?” It’s not that I wasn’t having fun — I loved seeing my friends, but this time with others never failed to become draining and leave me with a need for some alone time. While I once thought this desire to be alone was abnormal and unhealthy, as I got older I learned to take...

Sex and the Steel City Embracing love and sex-positivity by reflecting on our history and aspirations as a community
Feb14

Sex and the Steel City Embracing love and sex-positivity by reflecting on our history and aspirations as a community

Photos C/O USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive If you’re an avid reader of the Silhouette, then you’d know our annual rendition of Sex and the Steel City, much like the paper itself, has evolved quite a bit over the past couple of years. Putting together this year’s sex-positive publication meant embracing the diverse ideas around sexuality, love and health. It’s about creating a non-judgemental space where experiences can be...

Adam and Steve are Hamilton’s queer party planners Community event organizers Adam George and Steve Hilliard create and support the LGBTQ community in Hamilton
Feb14

Adam and Steve are Hamilton’s queer party planners Community event organizers Adam George and Steve Hilliard create and support the LGBTQ community in Hamilton

Photos C/O Kendell Macleod By: Andrew Mrozowski “In the beginning God created Adam and Eve (allegedly), but she soon realized how boring their parties were and created Adam and Steve to be their neighbours and show them how it’s done,” read the official Adam and Steve manifesto. Since 2016, Adam George and Steve Hilliard have been throwing the queerest parties that Hamilton has seen for decades under their event planning name Adam and...

The pill and mental health Exploring the connection between the pill and mental health that’s often neglected
Feb14

The pill and mental health Exploring the connection between the pill and mental health that’s often neglected

Graphics by Sukaina Imam By: Rosemarie O’Shea For many users, the birth control pill’s side effects pose problems beyond spotting and migraines. The pill’s effects on the mental health of women are now being more widely discussed than ever. More women are opening up about their birth control experiences and how it has taken a toll on their mental wellbeing. A quick YouTube search results in various videos titled along the lines of...