Arts and Life

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How to maintain intimacy in a long-distance relationship

Valentine’s Day can feel like a form of victory when you have a designated individual to share it with. This day may also make you feel defeated when you have a partner but are in the midst of a long-distance relationship. As it has been perpetuated, Valentine’s Day calls for extraordinary, social media-worthy acts of affection that ultimately places a […]

by Margaret Russell· · Arts and Life ·
Graphic by Kash Patel

Breaking down the stigma surrounding genital piercings

Piercings of any kind — with the exception of ear piercings perhaps — have historically gained a certain amount of stigma depending on their body part placement and style.  There probably isn’t a more controversial piercing of choice, however, than the different variations you can get on male and female genitals.  These can range from the Prince Albert, a piercing […]

by Emily Waitson· · Arts and Life ·
Graphic by Kash Patel

The evolution of sexual health through the ages

People have been having sex since there have been people. In general, the act has remained unchanged — though I’m sure new techniques have emerged since Fred and Wilma Flintstone went at it. What has changed quite a bit is the way people perceive sexual activity and sexuality. These changes in perception have had a direct impact on the health […]

by Kash Patel· · Arts and Life ·
Graphic by Jamie Mere

Unconventional love songs for the perfect Valentine’s Day playlist

Whether you’re snuggled up with your boo watching Netflix or wondering why John from Bumble ghosted you after such a great third date, these underrated love songs can bring out the hopeless romantic in anybody.  “Single” – The Neighbourhood Despite the misleading title, the song is about lead singer Jesse Rutherford’s relationship with his long-time girlfriend, Devon Lee Carlson. The […]

by Hayley McGoldrick· · Arts and Life ·
Becoming educated about vaginal health and contraceptive use

Becoming educated about vaginal health and contraceptive use

Despite the continued insistence that we are becoming a more body positive, sexually progressive society, vaginal health is still a topic that is looked at as uncomfortable, embarrassing or even taboo, of all things, to talk about openly. With puberty books that had basic diagrams of penises and vaginas and phrases like “what to do about the new hair down […]

by Emily Waitson· · Arts and Life ·
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Anders and Mixed Mercy took the stage at the Turret on Friday

Shortly after 9 p.m. on Jan. 31, the doors of the Turret opened and the gradually growing line was let inside, all eager to see DJ duo Mixed Mercy, and Anders, hosted by the A-Team. The number of times I’ve frequented the Turret are few, only having ever been there for academic reasons, but the space was expectedly transformed. The […]

by Alyssa Di Sabatino· · Arts and Life ·
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Digging through the history of Groundhog Day

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday on Feb. 2. Although it was exciting celebrating with the important people in my life, I have to admit that my birthday seems quite insignificant in comparison to the little weather-predicting animals that come out of their dens and into the spotlight each year on the same day. You might even say my […]

by Safina Husein· · Arts and Life ·