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“Wreck-It Ralph” and “Flight” Make for Unlikely, Enjoyable Double Feature

“Wreck-It Ralph” and “Flight” Make for Unlikely, Enjoyable Double Feature

Nathan Fisher

November 8, 2012

Two new releases caught my eye this week, "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Flight," and because I thoroughly enjoyed both of these polar opposite movies, I'm writing a twofer this week. Enjoy! First up, "Wreck-It Ralph" is an animated kids' movie about video game characters in an arcade. After the gamers leave the arcade, the characters of each video game have their own lives and c...

Naturalistic Fallacy a Danger in Sex Talk

Spencer Wharton

October 31, 2012

In almost every area of modern life, we eagerly embrace a lifestyle that is far from "natural." Whether you're reading this column in print or online, you're engaging in an "unnatural" activity––neither newspapers nor websites grow on trees. Our ability to engage in the unnatural is what allows us...

Neither party stellar on sex ed

Spencer Wharton

October 25, 2012

As a high school senior in 2008, I watched the election, boiling over with the indignation of being three months shy of voting in an election relevant to my life. In a week and a half, millions more teenagers will be in the same place. It's our obligation as young voters to keep teens in mind when we vo...

Runaway sex-positivism creates obligations, overlooks nonsexual

Spencer Wharton

October 18, 2012

When it comes to relationships, Whitties either go for short-term hookups or long-term commitments, or so it's said. Regardless of which you go for, however, there tend to be underlying expectations of sex. Leave a party with someone and we expect that means the night's ending with sex. Date someone fo...

Open relationships necessitate nuanced view of cheating

Open relationships necessitate nuanced view of cheating

Spencer Wharton

October 11, 2012

My boyfriend and I are LDR [long distance relationship]. We are in an open relationship, but chose to not tell each other anything until the semester is over. Is it okay for me to have cybersex with someone else? -Seeking Online Seduction If you're uncertain, SOS, then wait until you've clarified with him. Do anything else, and you run th...

We Can Work It Out: Talking About Sex

Spencer Wharton

October 11, 2012

I want to talk to my boyfriend about sex, but I think he is a lot less comfortable talking about it than I am. We've been dating for a while (and are sexually active), but I don't know how to have the dialogue without coming across as pushy or invasive. I'll be honest, I'm a little nervous to bring it ...

Who I Am (and Why That Matters)

Spencer Wharton

October 10, 2012

Any advice columnist is going to draw on their own life experiences when writing advice. Sure, not solely, or even primarily––even the columnists with the most interesting lives couldn't experience everything their readers write them about. But in establishing connections, drawing parallels, and set...

Defining ‘normal’ needlessly moralizes sex

Spencer Wharton

September 27, 2012

I have not had sex ever. I like the idea of sex; I respect it. However, certain things such as blow jobs and miscellaneous practices that don't involve vaginal penetration sound quite unnatural and even perverted to me. However, they seem to be frequently practiced. I guess my question is, in heterose...

Sexcetera: Open discussion makes sex more satisfying

Spencer Wharton

September 13, 2012

Freshman year, I never talked about sex. Convinced it was inappropriate and awkward, I kept it to myself, only on very rare occasions sharing my thoughts with my neighbor across the hall. As a whole, I tried hard not to be "that sex guy." Needless to say, I got better. As I've learned, talking about sex is crucial because it mak...

‘American Reunion’––Levy not dry, good old boys regrettably so

Nathan Fisher

April 12, 2012

The pickings were slim, and I mean slim, at the movie theater this weekend. "American Reunion" got the nod because of my raunchy memories of the "American Pie" franchise. When "American Pie" first hit the big screen, it shocked many with teenage masturbation jokes and a plot centered around a group of...

Sexual pressures at Whitman stem from demands of libido

March 11, 2012

This article was written by Rollo. In a quiet and secluded hallway on the second floor of Olin Hall, there is a large table tucked away in a corner that is sometimes used by students for studying. On the side of the table which faces away from passersby, the words "I don't understand Viagra. Personal...

Letter to the Editor: Sexually fruitful relationships need not lead to divorce-ridden marriages

February 16, 2012

To the Editor, I am appalled by the uxorial hubris exhibited in the article 'Replacing communication with sex prepares us for divorce!'! I'm surprised by the sophomoric claims made by last week's guest columnist. In my albeit not far-reaching experience, the phenomenon described by the precocious...

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