The Orion

Giving ‘Fifty Shades’ a chance

Illustration by Darian Maroney

Daisy Dardon

February 6, 2015

I will admit that I, like 100 million other people according to the New York Times, have picked up and read "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James — well, half of it anyway. I didn’t want to be seen reading it since it’s known for its terrible writing. So I downloaded the book on my tablet a...

The upside of anger: makeup sex

TJ Carter Photo credit: Annie Paige

Tj Carter

December 17, 2014

When in a relationship, a couple can hit rough times. An argument can start over something small and escalate into a yelling match in less than five minutes. My wife and I get into small arguments every once in a while, just like everyone else. After all the screaming is done and the underlyi...

The O-Face: Common misconceptions about sex

Photo credit: Kasey Judge

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

Photo credit: Kasey Judge

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

Michael Karp Photo credit: Kasey Judge

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

Michael Karp Photo credit: Kasey Judge

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

Photo credit: Kasey Judge

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

Michael Karp Photo credit: Kasey Judge

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...

The O-Face: The gift of giving head

Michael Karp

Michael Karp

April 8, 2014

I view oral sex as a gift to my partner. Besides the emotional satisfaction of giving pleasure, and in extenuating circumstances like 69, it’s done without any pleasure of my own. I used to view giving oral like a hassle or a task. It can be tiring, messy. There might be cramping involved. I als...

The O-Face: Lessons sex education doesn’t teach

Michael Karp

April 7, 2014

What was Sex Ed in school like for you? Informative? Awkward? Funny? Disgusting? Sex education began around the 1950s. I believe it still has a long way to go. My sex education was taught in a manner that said, “You’re better off not having sex until you’re married. But then again, use...

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