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The O-Face: Discovering deeper definitions of sexuality

The O-Face: Discovering deeper definitions of sexuality

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...

The O-Face: Soundtracks for sex

The O-Face: Soundtracks for sex

Michael Karp

March 25, 2014

Having sex is hardly ever exactly the same. You try new rooms and positions. It can last longer or shorter. Sometimes you need to be quiet and sometimes you can be as loud as you want. Other times you just want some background noise. This could be when roommates are home, it’s your first time together or ...

The O-Face: Learning about “The Best Sex Ever”

The O-Face: Learning about “The Best Sex Ever”

Michael Karp

March 21, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Laci Green, you may have heard of her presentation, “The Best Sex Ever.” She spoke March 13 in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium as the third and last installment of UMatter Day. The talk covered topics such as sex, alcohol and consent. Laci Green is a YouTube star fam...

The O-Face: Ponderance of pubic hair

The O-Face: Ponderance of pubic hair

Michael Karp

March 19, 2014

Pubic hair, also referred to as the "love nest," the "'fro down low" and the "untamed jungle," sparks significant debate among the sexes. Questions of how long it should be make for many heated arguments. Even the media have taken it upon itself to address this issue. Cameron Diaz has becom...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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