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Embodied empowerment through boudoir photography How boudoir photography can foster self-love and body-acceptance
Feb13

Embodied empowerment through boudoir photography How boudoir photography can foster self-love and body-acceptance

Photo C/O Becca Serena Traditional boudoir photography feeds a culture of consumption, generally associated with pin-up models and Playboy spreads, designed for a mostly male audience. For photographer Becca Serena and stylist Taylor Rasmussen, boudoir photography is an intimate and empowering experience that can be an avenue for individual self-exploration and body acceptance. “We saw a lot of young women and femme identifying folks...

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...

Sliding down and shaping up Allure Fitness gives locals a non-traditional workout
Feb13

Sliding down and shaping up Allure Fitness gives locals a non-traditional workout

Photo by Cindy Cui / Photo Editor With the recent wave of influencers and viral fitness personalities, the world is slowly being taken over by fitness communities. With the gym-going population growing, those looking for alternatives to traditional workouts are always keeping their eyes peeled. From shake weights as seen on TV to Crossfit expanding through worldwide competitions, fitness crazes are coming and going, with some being...

Compassionate casual sex is blooming Online sex educator Eva Bloom talks about her career and how students can have better casual sex
Feb13

Compassionate casual sex is blooming Online sex educator Eva Bloom talks about her career and how students can have better casual sex

Thinking about sex education for many Ontario students brings back memories of latex condoms on bananas or ancient overheads showing anatomical diagrams in uncomfortable middle school classrooms. Sex education for many university students was characterized by giggles, awkward silence, confused teachers, and misinformation. Ontario’s repealed and then mostly reinstated 2015 curriculum gives the students of today a better chance of...

Opinion: Biphobia is alive and well and living on Tinder Mythbusters: bisexual edition
Feb13

Opinion: Biphobia is alive and well and living on Tinder Mythbusters: bisexual edition

Photo C/O Cecilie Johnsen CW: Biphobia, transphobia Friends, Romans and countrymen, lend me your ears. For too long I’ve had to put up with the same bullshit. This little bi is here to set the record straight. Biphobia and bisexual erasure are a daily reality for bisexual and pansexual people alike. Even amongst the LGBTQ2SIA+ community, biphobia runs rampant. While I have noticed an improvement in recent years, there are still a...

Queer politics in Hamilton: A year in review A look at the fraught relationship between the city of Hamilton and the local queer community
Feb13

Queer politics in Hamilton: A year in review A look at the fraught relationship between the city of Hamilton and the local queer community

Photo C/O Kristin Archer   Note: This article has been edited to clarify that Marc Lemire has been working for the city of Hamilton since 2005. cw: homophobia, physical violence, white supremacy, religious extremism The annual Hamilton Pride event held on June 24, 2006 was interrupted midway by a group of homophobic soccer fans. The soccer fans allegedly swore and spat on those marching in the parade, but the Hamilton police were...