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A year ago today: Reflections on the Step Your Game Up masturbation survey

By Nayla Lee I don’t want to get too sappy here, but as my last semester as the Happy Trail editor comes to a close, I can’t help but look back fondly over my time with the section. One of the Happy Trail’s core values is to demystify natural sexual urges and activities. A topic near and dear to my heart (and hand) has always been masturbation. When I was a staff writer, I decided to make a bold move: I created an anonymous survey that asked people to “HMU...
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Sweet deal? Student debt and Sugar Babies

By Lorraine Kelly The current tuition at the University of Puget Sound is $49,510, not including fees. Millennials are plagued with student loans, debts and the daunting fear of financial instability. Some students are utilizing sugar babying to offset the costs. With the arrival of websites like Seeking Arrangement, Sugar Daddy Meet and Let’s Talk Sugar, “sugar babying,” or dating older individuals for financial compensation, has become more and more prevalent. According to the Seeking Arrangement website, there are 10 million active members, which is broken down into 8 million...
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The ins and outs of a local crisis pregnancy center

By Emma Holmes Crisis pregnancy centers can, theoretically, be hugely helpful for people faced with unexpected pregnancies. These organizations serve to find and offer resources to help inform pregnant clients of their options (parenthood, adoption, abortion), and fund the necessary medical services. However, because crisis pregnancy centers are often established and funded as non-profit groups, their donors’ social and political stances can frame the organization’s motives and intentionally or unintentionally influence a person’s decision during this potentially stressful time. In Tacoma, the primary crisis pregnancy center is Care Net Pregnancy...
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Response to offensive ad on Snapchat sends an important message: Don’t make light of intimate partner violence

By Lorraine Kelly CW: intimate partner violence, mention of rape “I’m going to beat the s—- out of you when we get home,” Chris Brown said after unsuccessfully attempting to force Rihanna out of a vehicle he was driving, according to a police report filed to the Los Angeles Police Department. The aforementioned police report was issued in 2009 against Chris Brown after he assaulted and battered then-girlfriend singer/entrepreneur Robyn Rihanna Fenty (Rihanna) prior to the 2009 Grammy Awards. Pictures portraying Rihanna’s bruised and bloody face circulated the internet after...
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Laugh through Women’s History Month with these comedians

By Nayla Lee Web Content Queens Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo The co-founders of Reductress (I like to describe it as the feminist version of The Onion) are the reason I don’t turn in my homework on time. This dynamic pairing founded the site in 2013 in 2013, and have since published a book and started a podcast. If you only have a quick minute to fill, usually just reading the titles of articles is enough for a quick chuckle. Check out “5 Mud Masks That Will Make You Feel...
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Trauma-sensitive yoga: Conscientious fitness practice for trauma survivors

By Lorraine Kelly In recent years, yoga has become a major facet of millennial life. Fitgrams (fitness Instagram accounts) praise yoga for its meditative properties and health benefits alike. For many students, taking a yoga class is an easy self-care habit. But for trauma survivors yoga can feel like Mount Everest. It’s no surprise to many of us that arenas of fitness can often be toxic spaces for those struggling with mental illness, from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder and body dysmorphia. But isn’t yoga supposed to be the most...
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