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To snip or not to snip: weighing pros and cons

At birth, the penis comes with an extra inch or two of skin that covers the glans (the head of the penis) when flaccid. This is the foreskin, a contentious debate in Penile Politics these days. Many individuals at birth, or other times, undergo circumcision to remove the foreskin from the penis, leaving the glans open when both flaccid and erect. There are those who value circumcision is as a tradition in both religious and cultural contexts. It is common in America, while many Europeans are, as they say, “uncut.”...
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Harry’s take: what’s happening down there

By HARRY SASSCROTCH Pubic Hair.  It’s one of the few aspects of sex that is ever given really serious thought.  Yet we see it all the time (don’t act like you’ve never seen it in the shower). Not only do we see our own set of pubes (or even a lack thereof), many are constantly barraged with images from porn or elsewhere. Jokes are made about shaving it, porn stars have them specifically trimmed or waxed, even celebrities advocate the latest beauty trends about it! First things first, everyone’s pubes...
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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 pants, and relieve a little bit of that “stress” before finally hitting the hay. Porn is easy, right? Porn is simple? Porn is cool. But let’s be honest here, porn is pretty controversial, too. Researchers are in a constant battle...
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Moving to the music: a ‘heightening’ experience

To those devoted listeners to KUPS, there is a new show that comes on Sundays at 6 p.m. that has given a new direction to the station. The show is Mattress Music.  And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. For one steamy hour, there is streaming music dedicated to passionate lovemaking, frantic f****** and casual sex. Senior Mel Kohler came up with the idea of doing the show after a conversation with friends. “The inspiration for my show actually came from a question one of my best friends asked...
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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 pants, and relieve a little bit of that “stress” before finally hitting the hay. Porn is easy, right? Porn is simple? Porn is cool. But let’s be honest here, porn is pretty controversial, too. Researchers are in a constant battle...
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BDSM a unique mode of identity exploration

BDSM—Bondage and Domination/Discipline and Submission/Sadism and Masochism—has gotten a serious PR boost these days, with ladies getting all tingly down there over 50 Shades of Gray. But BDSM is much more than a naughty pastime for the socially inept or sociopathic (seriously, don’t even get me started on all that is wrong with 50 Shades). Whether you’re just watching some porn or enacting scenes yourself, those of us who love to get kinky are often doing serious identity exploration. The transgressive nature of BDSM opens the door to exploring the...
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Anal sex is for everybody

Anal sex is the universal link, friends. Everybody has a butt! Yet the noble asshole simply does not get the lovin’ it deserves — I’m looking at you, hetero ladies. Now, while straight girl is the only perspective that I can personally speak from, these tips can apply to anybody looking to try something new, be it with a toy (with a flared base) or a penis. So let’s do some anal real talk. I was set on never having anal sex, because despite all claims to the contrary, I...
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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 can mean anything from non-verbal vocalizations to intense dom/sub role play. And nobody is expecting you to scream and shout like Jenna Jameson your first go. So for those who are new to dirty talk, the first thing you should...
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Welcome to a new year of sex and romance

Well, hello there. Fancy seeing you here. Welcome to a brand spankin’ new year of The Happy Trail—your friendly neighborhood sex section (sextion?). My fellow writers and I are so excited by the honor of bringing you another year of information, advice and horrible puns. A few rules for our beautiful new relationship—first off, we are not experts. We are students just like you who want to promote healthy conversation among our fellow lovers and learners. If you need medical or psychological advice please find an expert—we are trained only...
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Kama sutra in a dorm room

Well, it’s that time of year again: when students travel back to campus and move into new dorm rooms. And as the year begins anew, we once again venture to those quintessential Puget Sound house parties.  And so begins the experiences of dorm room hook-ups. First things first: Dorm rooms do not necessarily create a desirable atmosphere for getting down. We have roommates that we share the space with, and neighbors all over the building.  And many pieces of furniture aren’t built to sustain horny students. But beds are. Beds...
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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 are having sex. Now that’s not to say that people weren’t getting it on in high school. Trust me, they were. But this is new, ya know? You’re away from your parents. You have your own private living space (prying...
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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 is, when you’re trying to reach orgasm, and you don’t, it leaves you sexually frustrated and irritated. I mean, orgasms are the holy grail of sex, right? Orgasms can strengthen a sexual relationship and bring two people closer together, right?...
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