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Body image impacts sexuality

The holiday season is a joyous time. With it comes a flurry of fun and, of course, food. Around this time people have been known to pack on a few pounds. A little extra weight can mean major stress for those owning a mirror. Body image is something many of […]

Pillow talk exposes vulnerabilities, increases bonds
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Pillow talk exposes vulnerabilities, increases bonds

‘Tis (almost) the season to rely on snuggling with a sexual partner for warmth: winter. In the colder months, scholar Jed Diamond found that testosterone levels decrease in both men and women, resulting in a lowered sex drive. This could mean that there will be less boning in your relational […]

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Sexual enhancement pill for women may soon be on the market

In its debut, Viagra burst into the pharmaceutical market, curing sexual performance issues for men. Many women have been waiting for the same magic pill to alleviate their own sexual issues related to both desire and performance. To some degree, we can blame the sexist nature of the world for […]

STD Testing Options: Tacoma has a variety of locations where you can get tested for sexually transmitted infections. Some of these locations include hospitals, Planned Parenthood and our own University’s Counseling, Health and Wellness Services office.
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World AIDS Day reminds us of the value of testing

This past Monday, Dec. 1, most of the University of Puget Sound’s student body returned to their classes as they would have normally. There were classes, burnt coffee, missed meetings and general chaos as the student population scrambled to begin the final stretch of the fall 2014 semester. Yet a […]

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Trans* folk of color face extreme prejudice

In spite of the overwhelming evidence indicating the prevalence of queerness and gender non-conformity throughout the histories of all cultures, places and even many species of animals, recent history has witnessed the rise of the phrase “the white man’s disease” in communities and countries of color to describe the phenomenon […]

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Health benefits of sex abundant

People love sex for various reasons. What you may not know is that there are numerous benefits, besides pleasure, associated with slamming the ham. Euphemisms aside, sex is more than just blind erotic pleasure. In fact, a ridiculous amount of studies have been dedicated to the analysis of some of […]

Having an orgasm in front of someone else has proven to be a fear for many.
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Intimacy tainted by fear

During a sexual encounter, at least one person is expected to have an orgasm. However, a study published by Stanford and Indiana University in the book Families as They Really Are, revealed that male-bodied people are twice as likely to have an orgasm during sex than female-bodied folks. Particularly during […]

Pick your poison: Lubricants come in dozens of different varieties to spice up your sex life alone or with partners.
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Lubricants assist sexploits

Lube: what is it good for? Absolutely everything. I mean it; lube is highly under-utilized. Personal lubricants are one of the best and most important tools to have ready in your sex drawer arsenal. Not only that, you can use lube, particularly silicone lube, for non-sex related things from taming […]

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Find a healthy alternative to mainstream porn

Produced in 1846, the first pornographic film was an extremely short, black-and-white clip of a remarkably solemn middle-aged man gingerly inserting his penis into the vagina of an equally solemn middle-aged woman. Fast forward 169 years and you arrive at the present day, where the history of the pornographic tradition […]

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Gender gap extends to politics

Men dominate politics. Currently women make up only 18.5 percent of Congress. Similarly, women only hold 24.2 percent of state legislature positions, with 20 in the Senate. Clearly, it seems odd that women make up roughly half the population, but only one-fifth of our Senate. Oh, and we still have […]