The Carnal Issue

The 2019 Ubyssey sex issue explores the sensory experience of sex, from the stories of asexual students to birth control woes to kink communities.


I’ve never even had a sex. I can cook well, which is apparently the only criteria required. So here are some recipes to put you in the mood, if I knew what “the mood” was or why my mom keeps giggling when I tell her about this piece.

Burlesque in a classroom environment is also about being able to find a point of balance between comfort and discomfort.

How were we able to connect in such a real way, in what some would call a more technology-invested, disconnected age? Well, I say we are also in an era with a growing desire for deep connection — and conscious relationships are filling this void.

I was in sixth grade when I realized that I thought there was something beautiful about pain, and I hated myself for that.

The ways that we work, play and socialize are dramatically different than they were 30 years ago. So are the ways we get off.

I nod, allowing my mind to drift away from my body, until I am just a prop in the musical she is orchestrating. A musical that always ends with her thanking me for my performance.

Milder, more mainstream kinks related to domination and submission — like bondage and choking — seem to be fairly common, but there are definitely some of us who really get down and dirty.

On the floor, a man and woman lie naked and covered in paint, ready to perform oral sex in the 69 position in what is arguably Canada’s first live erotic art show. As the lights dim, everyone has one question on their minds: “Is this guy going to be able to get it up?”

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