Dan Savage addresses complexities of college dating

Rachel Alexander

Savage Love advice columnist Dan Savage spoke to a packed auditorium of Whitman students on Wednesday, April 27. Savage answered questions about a variety of sex and relationship issues, from dating as a trans person to the legality of marrying a horse. WEB Lectures Director Charlie Weems said that he decided to bring Savage to campus to provide an opportunity for a frank dialogue about sex.

Dan Savage, author of the Savage Love advice column and founder of the It Gets Better Project, captured the packed audience with wit and knowledge during his Q&A session organized by WEB. Photo Credit: Marie von Hafften

“Whitman’s a pretty sexually repressed place. Having a question and answer session that tackles sex and sexuality will be really healthy for the campus,” Weems said.

Savage addressed common problems Whitman students face, such as the expectation that dating automatically leads to a serious relationship.

“Dating is an audition, and you are not required to cast everyone you date,” he said.

Photo Credit: Marie von Hafften