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ASWC President Sex Tape Scandal

ASWC President Sex Tape Scandal

Evelyn Levine

February 27, 2013

This past week, a sex tape of Associated Students of Whitman College President junior Beemon Shethmoozian surfaced. The video of the ASWC president, a plate of kale, a giant stuffed teddy bear and multiple members of the Whitman Events Board in what is presumably an empty Town Hall meeting has spread across campus like wildfire. It all began when ASWC decided ...

Kinky Sex Demands Caution, Skill

Spencer Wharton

February 27, 2013

I'm no stranger to kink. I've got a bag of crimson hemp rope stashed away in my closet. I've browsed the sex toy selection at Babeland in search of toys to cause a partner just the right amount of (completely consensual) pain. Hell, I've gone to parties at Seattle's Center for Sex Positive Culture, which,...

Keeping Condoms Snug and Sound

Spencer Wharton

February 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I have recently become sexually active (we're both newbies) and we're having some serious issues with the condoms slipping/breaking. So, I guess I have two questions: What are some reasons that condoms slip/break, and do you have any tips for how to avoid those things? -Doesn't Wan...

Sex Dreams Offer Insight Into Our Repressed Sexual Desires

Maggie Mae Lemaris

February 21, 2013

I will be the first to admit that I don't understand the neural theories and science behind memory. I suppose I could spend years studying neurological chemistry, but that's not going to happen. So I cannot understand why certain information is extracted and then played out in our sleep. But I have come...

“Consent Is Sexy” Mantra Well-Meaning But Misguided

“Consent Is Sexy” Mantra Well-Meaning But Misguided

Spencer Wharton

January 31, 2013

(Content warning: This column discusses rape, rape culture and sexual assault.) "Consent is sexy." It was one of the many taglines branded across the "Pink Loves Consent" site, a webpage that appeared to be promoting a new line of Victoria's Secret underwear. A hoax by Baltimore feminist group F...

Footnote: Choosing Lube

Footnote: Choosing Lube

Spencer Wharton

January 30, 2013

When I interviewed Cynthia Fine, Community Health Educator at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, a few months ago about painful sex, we had a great, in-depth conversation about not only pain during intercourse, but sexually transmitted infections; the importance of creating a positive, supportive atmosphere if you're having sex; good com...

No Half-Assing It With Multiple Partners

Spencer Wharton

January 24, 2013

I take issue with the way you make open relationships out to be a positive thing. I'm a straight dude who's been in three open relationships, and all I've ever gotten out of them has been misery, regret and nasty breakups. Communication wasn't the problem––we dialogued everything to DEATH. We establishe...

Sexcetera Quickies #1

Spencer Wharton

January 20, 2013

From time to time, I get questions in my box that I can't fit into a whole weekly column, but deserve an answer anyway. Over the course of winter break, I thought I'd blow through some of these. Enjoy! Any tips for keeping the oil burning in a long distance relationship? My significant other (SO) ...

Radical Subtlety and Smartphone Ads

Spencer Wharton

December 7, 2012

I was yelling at the TV for a lot of election night. I was at the Pio's election night liveblog headquarters (read: Managing Editor Libby Arnosti's house), watching a live feed of election coverage, as well as compulsively refreshing multiple tabs in my browser. As anyone who knows me will tell you, ...

Freshman Males Claim to Enjoy Sex

Freshman Males Claim to Enjoy Sex

Kyle Seasly

November 29, 2012

In a recent survey conducted by ASWC, it seems freshman males are overwhelmingly enjoying the act of coitus. "I came into college not having much experience, ya know, in the bathroom. I mean bedroom," admitted one freshman male, Cam Srosby, after being assaulted by Senior Kappas wearing lipstick in the Beta bathroom because he "looked like...

Awareness first step to relieving sexual pain

Spencer Wharton

November 29, 2012

According to a 2001 study in American Family Physician, as many as 60 percent of women claim to have experienced episodes of pain with intercourse, but many who have persistent, severe symptoms never seek medical attention. On top of physical pain, painful sex can have emotional consequences as well––a...

Cultural Conditioning No Excuse for Selfish Sex

Spencer Wharton

November 8, 2012

So, I've been hooking up with this guy for a couple weeks and we recently had sex. The night starts off with me pleasing him orally but he doesn't return the favor and things just lead straight to intercourse. I want him to go down on me but I don't know how to suggest it. Should I just come right out a...

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