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He’s Got Spunk: It’s okay to have bad sex (and tell all your friends about it)

He’s Got Spunk: It’s okay to have bad sex (and tell all your friends about it)

By Gary Sowder

November 10, 2019

“Alright,” I said, hurling my tacos into a garbage can. “I’m going to go have sex with him.”  “What?” my friend Nicole asked.  It was around 1 a.m. and we were crossfaded, slowly making our way home from a party. I had spent the past week talking to a guy from the Massachusetts College o...

He’s Got Spunk: Don’t call me by my body count

He’s Got Spunk: Don’t call me by my body count

By Gary Sowder

October 25, 2019

My evening started like any other Thursday night—meaning it started at the Tam. It was early September, and I wore my nicest H&M button-up—okay, my roommate’s nicest button up—and I had one mission: to get to the bathroom.  After taking a brisk pee, my real undertaking began—I had...

He’s Got Spunk: How I fell in love with the guy who choked me

He’s Got Spunk: How I fell in love with the guy who choked me

By Gary Sowder

September 25, 2019

One night last semester I popped some melatonin, cranked the air conditioning, and loaded up my essential oil diffuser with a hefty amount of lavender, when suddenly my phone buzzed to life from across the room. It displayed the text, “wyd,” which, when sent at one in the morning, is the more cord...

She Goes Down: Reimagining old-fashioned fairytale fantasies

She Goes Down: Reimagining old-fashioned fairytale fantasies

By Allison Hagan

April 18, 2019

Facebook Memories personally attacked me earlier this month by reminding me of an important anniversary—the last time I changed my relationship status to “In a Relationship.” Seven years ago. My ideal lover would want to share our rife and intense sex life with multiple partners, but I used to fe...

She Goes Down: Adult content bans hurt dignified businesses

She Goes Down: Adult content bans hurt dignified businesses

By Allison Hagan

January 23, 2019

In eighth grade, I followed my first porn blog on Tumblr using my family’s computer. One late night scrolling through black-and-white GIFs of straight couples getting down led me on a long journey of learning how to masturbate and discovering where to find the finest homemade material to assist me...

She Goes Down: Time’s Up for abusers, but accused men need to do more than spend time away

She Goes Down: Time’s Up for abusers, but accused men need to do more than spend time away

By Allison Hagan

September 12, 2018

Two weeks ago, and 10 months after he admitted to masturbating nonconsensually in front of five women, Louis C.K. took the stage for a surprise set at a comedy club in New York City. C.K., who made a joke about rape whistles during the set, received a standing ovation afterwards. The comedian follows a long line of men whose careers s...