Author: Amira Benjamin

IMAGINE BEING TOLD you must pack up your belongings and move to another country. You may not speak the language, know the customs, or have a single friend or family member there to guide you, but regardless of the circumstances, you’re going. For some people, leaving their home country is a welcome—and maybe even celebrated …

A STUDY PRESENTED at the American Psychological Association Symposium in 2000 stated that 87 per cent of college students report having “hooked up.” The vague term describes the type of encounters that have been replacing traditional dating on university campuses over the recent decades. The Fulcrum sat down with experts and students to learn why …

THE MAJORITY OF Mistress Shira’s family and friends do not know what she does for a living, but she doesn’t think they’d be surprised if they found out. “If it came out to family or friends, my falling into this job, I think very few people would be shocked,” she said. “It’s not like I …

Dear Di, My girlfriend is a fake and bake addict. Recently we were doing it doggy style and I noticed something: She has three white spots developing on her body, one on each of her shoulder blades and one on her tailbone. They’re not raised or anything like normal moles would be, but I’m still …

LIKE THE COUPLES who frequent them, a romantic restaurant gets that lovin’ feeling from all sorts of different things. Here’s a selection of Ottawa’s culinary offerings that are sure to impress anyone your heart is set on. The spontaneous afternoon out: Stella Luna Gelato Café (1103 Bank St.) To explain what makes this restaurant special, …

THE OLDER YOU get, the more likely it is you’ve slept with someone and seen each other naked. At some point afterward, you will run into these people and be forced to hold a proper conversation, all the while knowing they can picture you accurately without your clothes on. This is a rather unnerving experience, …

GIVEN OUR GENERATION’S affinity for hooking up and our country’s seriously high divorce rate, it seems like we could all use a little advice from a group of people who got it right. The following are words of wisdom from our grandparents. From Andrew Ikeman’s grandpa, Eric Kokish: “Look at her mom—is she cool, or …

NEXT TIME YOU find yourself alone in a potential hook-up’s room, sneak a peak into their bedside table. Be sure to look for these five items in the drawers before jumping into theirs. Negative results from a recent STI test and condoms Does this really need explanation? Sex is better when you’re not stressing about …

Let’s pop the proverbial cherry and talk about sex—or rather, the lack of sex. Virginity is a taboo topic that usually gets ignored in university settings, but Statistics Canada has shown 43 per cent of teenagers have sex for the first time between the ages of 15 and 19. This means more than half of …

SINCE SEPT. 21, 1998, when then-hit sitcom Will & Grace hit American airwaves, straight women in North America have had an obsession with obtaining a gay male friend of their own. Even before the show popularized the idea of the gay man and straight woman inseparable duo, the concept of appropriating a homosexual counterpart was …

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