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The O-Face: Salutations from the sex columnist

The O-Face: Salutations from the sex columnist

Michael Karp

May 16, 2014


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Being Chico State’s sex columnist this semester has been challenging and wildly fulfilling.   As I look back on my writing, I see growth both within myself as a writer and as a sexual being. Through exposing myself in my writing, I got to know a deeper level of my identity that I hadn’t...

The O-Face: Hearing your roommates sexual romps

The O-Face: Hearing your roommates sexual romps

Michael Karp

May 10, 2014


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Knock, knock, knock... “Hey! I think Mike’s getting laid!” I’m starting to wonder whether professionally soundproofing my room is worth the money. In a college household, hearing your roommates having sex can be as common as dirty dishes. Even through a closed door, the ...

The O-Face: Common misconceptions about sex

The O-Face: Common misconceptions about sex

Michael Karp

May 6, 2014


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Through my journey of sexual exploration, my views about sex have changed dramatically. Things I used to believe simply do not hold true for me anymore.I have also noticed people around me continuing to view sex in some of these ways. Here are a few misconceptions I believe people have about sex: Se...

The O-Face: Compromising on sexual appetite

The O-Face: Compromising on sexual appetite

Michael Karp

May 5, 2014


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Differences in levels of sexual drive can put a strain on any relationship. Some relationships may start out with a good balance but eventually evolve so one person has a significantly higher or lower sex drive. This can cause strong emotions in both individuals and put a lot of stress on the relati...

The O-Face: Repeated romps beat random hookups

Michael Karp

April 27, 2014


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I am in my first fully committed relationship and my first sexual relationship with a person I care about very deeply. Six months ago I was single, and I have noticed some profound differences between the sex I had back then and the sex I am having in my relationship. The obvious difference is emotio...

The O-Face: Bound, blindfolded bedroom fun

The O-Face: Bound, blindfolded bedroom fun

Michael Karp

April 16, 2014


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Bondage requires kinkiness and a creative, dirty mind. It’s a realm of sexuality that digs deep into the psyche of those who take part. I don’t know exactly why I get so turned on by restraining my partner. I’ve even entertained being restrained myself, but the power and dominance ...

The O-Face: Cultural comparisons of sex

The O-Face: Cultural comparisons of sex

Michael Karp

April 14, 2014


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Sexuality is different in every culture. Its role in people’s lives has varied throughout human history and continues to change as time goes on.   Different cultures do it differently.   Japan has love hotels. The Netherlands begins sex education in kindergarten. A society...

The O-Face: Rid relationships of insecurity

The O-Face: Rid relationships of insecurity

Michael Karp

April 1, 2014


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Insecurities can hinder your sex life and other parts of a relationship. It can happen in a committed or casual relationship.   The 2013 winter break was the first extended period of time that I spent away from my girlfriend. It was also when I first felt any type of relationship inse...

The O-Face: Discovering deeper definitions of sexuality

The O-Face: Discovering deeper definitions of sexuality

Michael Karp

March 31, 2014


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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...

The O-Face: Stepping from one-night stands to relationships

The O-Face: Stepping from one-night stands to relationships

Michael Karp

March 9, 2014


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You wake up in the morning next to a person you’ve just met, attempting to relive the events of the night before.It is at this point that the potential relationship teeters on the edge of a cliff.Whether it falls off or carries along its merry way may be determined by a number of things.Here are some questions to ask before developing a one-night stand into a relati...

The O-Face: Better body image improves sex

The O-Face: Better body image improves sex

Michael Karp

March 1, 2014


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When I look in the mirror I see a big nose, curly hair, vampire teeth and small wrists. But I also see a nose that’s great for holding sunglasses, hair that my girlfriend loves to run her fingers through, teeth that were made sexy by "Twilight" and wrists that are perfect for reaching inside small spaces. Body image is how we view and judg...

The O-Face: Handling hookup culture

Michael Karp

February 19, 2014


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As a single person, a one-night stand is a constant possibility when going out over the weekend. Welcome to Chico’s hookup culture. In this town and at this school, we live in a culture that is very open in regards to the expression of sexual desire. It is a beautiful environment in my eyes. It has helped me grow immensely as a person and...

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