The Orion

Overcoming the obstacles and navigating the hurdles of sex

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December 15, 2015

For my last and final column, I’ve decided to end on an insightful, call-to-action note: I want to overcome and defeat the social stigmas and judgements that surround young women (and sometimes men) in today’s sexual culture. Choosing to be the sex columnist and openly writing intimate details of my sex life clearly shows t...

Coming to grips: They’re just not that into you

Illustration by J.Q. Hammer

Sophia Xepoleas

March 2, 2015

There seems to be a sweeping epidemic in the world of prospective dating. I’m referring to the blatant obliviousness that occurs when people refuse to see what is right in front of their eyes. We all have those friends who do not get it. They wait around for a text all day and when it never ...

The O-Face: Salutations from the sex columnist

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Michael Karp

May 16, 2014

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

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Michael Karp

May 10, 2014

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

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Michael Karp

May 6, 2014

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

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Michael Karp

May 5, 2014

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

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: Toying around with sex toys

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Michael Karp

April 26, 2014

Yes, I still play with toys, but not the Legos and race cars that used to consume my time. Different types of toys are beginning to catch my eye, and honestly, these ones are much more fun. Here are the sex toys I've experimented with:DildosThe first toy I tried was a dildo. It's meant to simulate a penis, an...

The O-Face: Sexual competition, contentment

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Michael Karp

April 23, 2014

Having sex makes me happy. Of the many things in life that I enjoy, sex is a front-runner, and it’s been this way since I lost my virginity. I recently read a blog post that scientifically supports these desires of mine. Studies embedded within the article conclude that having sex make us happier...

The O-Face: Subtleties of sex drives

Michael Karp

April 22, 2014

Differences in libido are apparent in every individual. Some people are naturally more or less horny than others. Some want to have sex with as many partners as possible and others are happy being with just one person. These individual differences eventually congregate to overall stereotypes. It&...

The O-Face: Bound, blindfolded bedroom fun

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Michael Karp

April 16, 2014

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

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Michael Karp

April 14, 2014

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...

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