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The romance of ego and love A wedding filmmaker's perception on the popular relationship into adulthood
Feb14

The romance of ego and love A wedding filmmaker's perception on the popular relationship into adulthood

Photos C/O Aaron de Jesus Twenty. That’s how many weddings I shot in 2018 as a wedding filmmaker, and that’s how many couples I’ve witnessed embark in the romantic tradition of love through ceremonial spectacle. As Aristotle puts it, love that is “composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” But what stems from this poetic union of two perfect swipes matches? A spiritual bliss? Unconditional passion? A...

Form and function Talking erotic art with Lauren Goodman
Feb14

Form and function Talking erotic art with Lauren Goodman

Photos C/O Lauren Goodman From side tables to sex toys, Hamilton-based artist Lauren Goodman’s work is all about blending functionality, feel and form. Formally trained in fine woodworking at Williams & Cleal Furniture School in England, Goodman has a business designing and creating handmade furniture. She also collaborates with other artists at Hamilton Audio Visual Node (HAVN), a multimedia arts collective. Additionally, she...

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...

In defense of an Ontario French-language university The provincial government’s plans to cease building a French-language university adds to the longstanding anti-francophone sentiment in Canada
Feb14

In defense of an Ontario French-language university The provincial government’s plans to cease building a French-language university adds to the longstanding anti-francophone sentiment in Canada

Photos by Catherine Goce By: Nicolas Belliveau The news in November 2018 that Doug Ford and his provincial government were ceasing the project to build a French-language university in Toronto and eliminating the position of the provincial commissioner for French language affairs was met with backlash. However, situations like these aren’t novel. French education and culture have been the target of marginalization for hundreds of...