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 have found ways to counter this by not attaching names to faces and closed-mouth closed-eye kisses — and yet those are the moments in which I feel.

Growing up in mainland China, I never received any sort of education about sex. Yes, my mom and Grade 6 science teacher did explain the origin of humans — but that’s it.

To say sex poses a challenge for me hardly scratches the surface. I’m not attracted to the body on top of or under me and I will never be able to return the sentiment when Josh tells me I’m sexy, as flattered as I am despite not knowing exactly what that means.

Instead of getting ghosted after a few messages or trying to have a conversation with people who don’t like trains, it can be a healthy experience to learn how to enjoy being on your own sometimes.

You may have provided context for the worst things said to you during sex, but we think they stand together as a poem just fine.

I had literally needed anti-anxiety medication prescribed on the spot to calm down enough to leave the doctor’s office — the only thing that could possibly make this worth it was meeting my soulmate immediately and making passionate love forever, right?

Day 112: Maybe that girl was flirting with me? Shit, I should have asked for her number. Do I go back? No, must demonstrate abundance mentality. Plenty of fish in the sea!

Here I was, having sex with an attractive guy and my mind had momentarily wandered, dreaming up scenarios in which the police found my dead naked body in a wreckage at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Not the kind of shaft I was hoping to be wrecked by.

Despite this myriad of experiences and practices by students who identify as ace or aro, many still experience push-back when they self-identify on campus.

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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