Articles written by: Girth Brooks

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Curing “celibacy syndrome”: Japanese youth aren’t having sex and experts know why

Japan has had its fair share of crises over the last couple of years. In 2001, they saw an earthquake, a tsunami and a radioactive meltdown. But experts are warning of a new, slower crisis that we need to be on the lookout for in Japan. Young people aren’t having […]

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Sex educator gives unoriginal lecture

As I walked into Kilworth Chapel last Wednesday for Jay Friedman’s “J-Spot” lecture, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was playing over the chapel sound system. “Ahh,” I thought. “This will be a great opportunity to hear about the ‘Blurred Lines’ problem from the perspective of a sex educator! This should be […]

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Building a consent culture: Why bodily autonomy is not confined to the bedroom

This summer I made dozens of new friends, travelled across the Pacific Northwest and was introduced to lifestyles that I had never even considered. But one of the biggest ideas that I was introduced to this summer was that of a consent culture. A consent culture is one in which […]

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Weighing the positives and negatives of porn

Well, it’s nearly 2 a.m. You finally finished your essay. You’re a little stressed and ready to get some sleep. But as you’re browsing the web one last time before heading to bed, something catches your eye. So you type in the url of your favorite porn site, unzip your […]

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Pornin’ About

Well it’s nearly 2 a.m. You finally finished your essay. You’re a little stressed and ready to get some sleep. But as you’re browsing the web one last time before heading to bed, something catches your eye. So you type in the url of your favorite porn site, unzip your […]

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Pillow talk: talkin’ dirty can be flirty

OH YEAH F**K ME LIKE A DIRTY LITTLE SLUT YOU BITCH. Ahem. Excuse me. Let’s take a step back and ease our way into this one. Dirty talk. Dirty talk is a simple act that can really spice up a bedroom. Now, don’t be intimidated by my introduction. Dirty talk […]

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Hello freshmen!

Hello freshmen! Yes, you. I’m talking to you. I know that these first few weeks have been so exciting for you! You’re in a new place. You’re learning new things. You’re meeting new people. You’re a part of a college community for the first time in your lives! And people […]

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Orgasm-free sex?

You know that moment when you’re with a partner, when you’re just about to hit the big “O” but something interrupts? Maybe your cell phone rings. Maybe your roommate walks in. Maybe the fire alarm goes off. Hell, maybe your partner can’t quite get you to the edge. The point […]

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Men and women should be happy with what they have

Each and every day, we are bombarded with the message that bigger is better. Because of this, men and women both experience sexual insecurities brought on by society. For women, it’s the celebrities with ideally shaped, gargantuan breasts. The top-heavy Barbie dolls with unrealistically sized melons, sickly skinny waists and […]

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A psychological look at the stigmas surrounding oral sex, past and present

Let’s talk about oral sex. There is a big stigma attatched to oral that needs to be addressed. I’ve heard guy friends say that they don’t give oral because they don’t like submitting or being “feminized.” I’ve heard female partners say that they don’t like giving oral because it’s degrading. […]