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A SEX COLUMN: THE ISSUE:
WEEK IN REVIEW
by Emily Gogolak, Anna Matejcek, and Ashton Strait
AL JAZEERA: THE ARAB WORLDAND POPULAR OPINION IN FLIX
by Emma Whitford
A MAGIC OPERATION
by Annika Finne
THE ONENESS OF BEING
by Alexandra Corrigan and Dia Barghouti
by Alice Hines
A BRIEF CONSIDERATION OF TROPICAL DISEASES
by Gillian Brassil
FROM THE EDITORS:EPHEMERA:
Tryin’ to catch me riding dirty
Dirty talk comes in many forms, and no two people sexy-babble alike
o whetheryour mouth is a fountain of filth in the bedroom or as tightly sealed as a zipperedgimp mask, don’t worry
because you’re normal. Whether you’re naughty ornice, you can spice up your boudoir routine with some linguistic encouragement.“Dirty talk” often springs from a well-liquored tongue revealing raw sexual de-sires you might not usually share or unusually obscene enthusiasm, but to becomea Zen sex master is to meditate on the internal source of these desires and pro-claim them with confidence.So if you’re trying to get down and dirty, own your urges and keep in mind thatsexy babble is a form of semi-serious intimacy requiring comfort and a level of trust from all parties involved. Take it slow, keep it real, and let your creative juices flow.
It is polite to express one’s pleasure during a sexual act. It is ad-visable to use caution, however when boldy proclaiming your darkest fantasies,especially with new partners. When asked to talk dirty or reveal your secret fanta-sies, always start vanilla and work your way to chocolate
or even a banana split…If you want to tell me your secret fantasies or have a burning question eating atyour soul, email
and someone will get back to youshortly.
Metro editor Malcolm Burnley reporting on “Hypocrisy at the Home Show” (4/7/11)
UP TO SPEED
by Belle Cushing
RECONSIDERING REAL FEEL
by Maud Doyle
by Fraser Evans, Jared McGaha, and Wilson Foster
A CONTRAST, A KENNING OR UNTITLED.
by Robert SandlerLast summer, I had occasion to drink alcohol in a bar. I was with a friend of mine, andtwo of her friends, and they had just come from a stand-up comedy performance. Iopened with what I thought was a totally reasonable rhetorical question: “Doesn’tstand-up make you feel uncomfortable? Like, isn’t it just people up there trying *sohard* and like, kind of being funny, but mostly struggling?” Turns out both of the newfriends were aspiring stand-up comics. I was embarrassed.On Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to watch Michael Ian Black, KevinAllison (both alums of MTV’s hit-and-miss 90s sketch comedy show “The State”), andsundry Brown University personalities perform at something called “RISK!”, whichwas not a board game event. Instead, it was like a comedy inflected version of TheMoth; everyone got up and told stories. It was kind of cool. Kevin Allison’s impres-sion of Michael Showalter (another “The State” veteran) was the best part. But I hadan epiphany as I watching.Over spring break, in Portland OR, I had an opportunity to go to a ‘cool,’ ‘pro-gressive’ strip club. Allegedly (i.e. don’t fact-check this) Portland has the most stripclubs per capita of any city in America. So there’s cool ones. The epiphany at the stripclub—it wasn’t about feminism—was that watching someone strip was a lot like watch-ing stand-up comedy. It’s kind of awkward. And to do it well just means that youraudience is so affected that they don’t notice you trying really hard. Which is fine, un-less you’re not that good at it—stripping, or telling jokes. When someone’s not good,at least for me, I am just thinking about what the person is feeling, and not happilyobjectingfying/laughing at them.I write this because, after sitting in an auditorium watch people telling jokes to tryto make me laugh for 1.1 hours, I ended up in front of a computer, where I noticed thatone of the trending topics on Twitter right now is #YouLookedGoodUntil, yieldedsuch delightful tweets as: Diibbz305 #YouLookedGoodUntil I found out yo ass can’tcook! or WHOsDiamondMind #YouLookedGoodUntil you hit from the bong andcoughed the bong water+your spit all over me. . .or JaeThaAlien #youlookedgoodun-til the next morning! i turned over n all i saw was BOOGA BOOGA BOOGA!!!! LOL.Then I actually lolled, all without having to worry about whether Jae Tha Alienis trying too hard, or feels insecure about his performance as a comic/stripper.