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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: Reaching the peak of pleasure

The O-Face: Reaching the peak of pleasure

Michael Karp

March 2, 2014


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Orgasms — once heralded as simply for procreation, these bodily phenomena are becoming a much greater priority in our sex lives than ever before. Sigmund Freud denounced the legitimacy of the clitoral orgasm in the early 1900s but researchers, such as William Masters and Virginia Johnson and Alfred Kinsey, refuted Freud’s ignorance in the later 20th centur...

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: Making sexual fantasies a reality

The O-Face: Making sexual fantasies a reality

Michael Karp

February 24, 2014


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From the French maid to wild domination fetishes, the human race has taken sexual acts to every possible level. About 95 percent of people have sexual fantasies, according to a study from the University of Granada.   I have dozens of sexual fantasies. When I worked as a lifeguard, I always fantasized about seeing a girl...

The O-Face: Q&A with sex shop manager

Michael Karp

February 23, 2014


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The Orion sat down with Rebekah Higgins, manager and six-year employee of Playtime 4 You, a local adult shop, for a humorous and insightful interview. The Orion: How did you start working here?Higgins: I was already working on my degree in psychology. So I was like, human sexuality is the perfect lead-in to...

‘Biology of Sex’ succeeds with students

‘Biology of Sex’ succeeds with students

Prin Mayowa

February 18, 2014


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The “Biology of Sex” course has no empty seats. The class takes students back to the basics and covers topics ranging from mutations in genes to why people want to get into each other’s jeans. Christopher Ivey, plant population biology professor, developed the relatively new class....

The O-Face: Dig deep for meaning this holiday

The O-Face: Dig deep for meaning this holiday

Michael Karp

February 11, 2014


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Hate it or love it, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. If you are single, odds are you either dread Feb. 14 or are indifferent. If you are in a relationship, you’re probably either excited or stressing about planning for it. In 21 years, I have never had a Valentine. I was always largely indifferent to the holiday, but deep down I would not have minded having someone to spend it with...

The O-Face: Abandoning sexual anxiety

The O-Face: Abandoning sexual anxiety

Michael Karp

February 9, 2014


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As I walk over to her house my thoughts are consumed with nervousness and apprehension. Am I going to get hard enough? Am I going to be able to keep it up long enough? Am I even going to be able to pleasure her? Maybe I’m still traumatized from getting whiskey dick while losing my virginity. Sex is an amazing part of life, but sexual anxi...

The O-Face: Kinky tips for sexual bliss

The O-Face: Kinky tips for sexual bliss

Michael Karp

February 3, 2014


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I like to dominate the bedroom.Whether it’s primal instinct or personal preference, I like the balance of dominance to lean towards me. As long as my partner enjoys being on the opposite end of that balance, sex becomes very kinky and thus extremely fun for both of us.Not everyone enjoys the level of kinkiness that I do, but I think it might...

The O-Face: Finding satisfaction in strictly sexual relationships

The O-Face: Finding satisfaction in strictly sexual relationships

Michael Karp

February 2, 2014


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I’ve had some of the best times of my life with partners who were strictly no-strings-attached sexual partners, booty calls or friends with benefits. I used to say that these were the perfect college relationships. There is no insecurity about cheating, no drama to handle and there’s still amazing sex to be had. However, since ge...

The O-Face: Argument for erotica

The O-Face: Argument for erotica

Michael Karp

January 28, 2014


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Gonzo, BDSM, anal, amateur and voyeur.These are categories of pornography, and I’m going to explain why men, even those that are like me and in relationships, watch it. Sometimes the reasons men are drawn to porn perplexes even us. However, we don’t masturbate solely to porn, as our imaginations can be equally useful. In 2006, the p...

The O-Face: Addressing the double standard of sexuality

Michael Karp

January 20, 2014


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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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