The Orion

Annual Womxn’s Conference embraces femininity

Danielle Kessler

November 26, 2019

The 21st annual Womxn’s Conference was held on Saturday and presented by the Gender Sexuality Equity Coalition, themed “Reclaiming Femininity."Womxn’s program coordinator Bri Guerrero and intern for the inclusivity program, Talia Vargas explained what the conference means for GSEC....

O-face: let’s talk about female masturbation, baby

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Emily Neria

October 16, 2019

Talking about masturbation can be hard, no pun intended. Lots of women masturbate these days. A recent study found that 81.6% of women between the ages of 18 and 22 may have orgasmed from masturbation in the last year. I definitely fall into this group.Many of my friends, however, belong to the 18.4% of women who have not orgasmed f...

My life as a 21-year-old virgin

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Gage Northcutt

January 31, 2019

Virginity has always been a talking point. Since the first day of high school, it seems sex and losing your "v-card" were the only things on anyone's mind. But having made it through high school and part-way through college as a proud retainer of my virginity it feels fair to ask: who even cares?With this in m...

Don’t self-diagnose mental disorders

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William Rein

March 27, 2016

Possibly the result of the growing autonomy of youth or the accessibility of specialist information, self-diagnosing is on the rise. Upward of 30 percent of Americans have used the Internet to reach a medical conclusion. This number is only rising, but what are the merits of giving yourself a diagnosis?...

Sex in society: Stigmas and realities

Sex in society: Stigmas and realities

Sophia Xepoleas

April 19, 2015

I am a female sex columnist for a college newspaper and am fully aware of the implications intertwined with my title. When I tell people what I do, some awkwardly giggle. A few commend me on my willingness to discuss a provocative subject. What these people have in common is their assumption that I ...

Consent can still be sexy

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Joseph Rogers

March 29, 2015

Consent has more to it than just a single “Want to have sex?” question. While consent needs to be taken seriously, it doesn’t mean it can’t be playful. I was in a class on human sexuality that had a unit on consent, in which we covered the legal definitions. In California, a person who’...

25th anniversary of MasQueerade Ball

25th anniversary of MasQueerade Ball

Zach Aucella

February 9, 2015

[metaslider id=41347]Photographs By Zach AucellaZach Aucella can be reached at [email protected] or @zaucella on Twitter.

Americans divided over use of labels

Alyssa Dunning

October 11, 2014

[View the story "Are labels harmful or helpful?" on Storify]Leave comments or suggestions to keep the conversation going.Alyssa Dunning can be reached at [email protected] or @Alyssadunning3 on Twitter...

The O-Face: Discovering deeper definitions of sexuality

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Michael Karp

March 31, 2014

The past three years at Chico State have really tested how comfortable I am with my sexuality. The experience has also broadened my perspective on what that truly means. When I hear most people talk about being comfortable with their sexuality, they talk about their sexual orientation. While that is one aspect, I...

Opposing inequality of objectification

Zachary Phillips

Zachary Phillips

March 30, 2014

Commercial time. A swimsuit model saunters onto a sandy beach. It's a hot, sunny day — perfect weather for a cheeseburger. Dropping the Carl's Jr. bag on the sand, the model gets down on all fours and spreads out a beach towel. Arching his back like an alley cat, he takes a slow bite of his semi-gourmet ...

The O-Face: Addressing the double standard of sexuality

Michael Karp

January 20, 2014

One of the most controversial aspects of relationships and sexuality between men and women is the existence of the double standard. The double standard arises from the centuries-old stigma about men and women and the fact that women tend to take on a lot more risk than men do when having sex. ...

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