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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

It’s ok to put your orgasm first

It’s ok to put your orgasm first

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
January 26, 2022

The other night, I came to the realization that every time I’ve ever told a guy that I orgasmed, it’s been a lie. While these lies were never meant to be hurtful or disrespectful, the truth came as...

Don’t let the media affect your confidence in the bedroom

Don’t let the media affect your confidence in the bedroom

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
January 20, 2022

Finding and exuding confidence can be difficult due to certain societal standards and pressures that have rudely established what it means to be “attractive.” This difficulty can unfortunately travel...

It’s OK to get attached after sex

It’s OK to get attached after sex

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
November 18, 2021

Losing one’s virginity is usually a powerful moment in one’s life, and it often results in feeling a strong connection to whomever they lost it to. I’m here to tell you that such a feeling is normal,...

Super stoked to get super soaked;  We should all buy a vibrator

Super stoked to get super soaked; We should all buy a vibrator

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
November 4, 2021

Sept. 26. That’s the day my life changed, the day I met the best friend any girl could ever ask for.  From that first day I met him, Gavin has been by my side through thick and thin, through good...

He’s got spunk: COVID fatigue, sex fatigue

He’s got spunk: ‘COVID fatigue, sex fatigue’

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
March 13, 2021

As we reach the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdowns, the morale of the world is in a downward spiral—a spiral only exacerbated by this year’s particularly harsh winter. At the onset of quarantine,...

Hes Got Spunk: He texts me, he texts me not

He’s Got Spunk: He texts me, he texts me not

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
December 15, 2020

Much like everyone in my generation, I use dating apps. Tinder, Grindr, and Hinge are currently downloaded on my phone. And despite the desperation that list gives off, I don’t particularly like dating...

Hes Got Spunk- The Ick

He’s Got Spunk- ‘The Ick’

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
October 22, 2020

Temperatures have started to dip below the sixties. The leaves in the Common are fluttering off the trees. The pumpkin spice latte is back. It’s official: fall is here. Yet there is a much more sinister...

A poster within Little Building asking students to practice safe sex.

Go solo or go home: The only way to have sex during a pandemic

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor
October 8, 2020

“If you’re not going to wear a mask, at least wear a condom,” posters around Emerson dorm buildings read. However, safe sex means a lot more than just wearing a condom.  Just because there’s...

Gary Sowder writes about love and sex.

‘On the DL’: The sexual politics of sleeping with closeted guys

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
October 1, 2020

My mom lives in Westchester County, New York, a place that is most known for being the home of the Clintons', and the last place Robert Durst’s wife was seen alive. After COVID-19 touched down in America,...

Gary Sowder - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

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

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
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...

Gary Sowder - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

Don’t call me by my body count

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
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...

Gary Sowder - Graphic by Ally Rzesa / Beacon Staff

How I fell in love with the guy who choked me

By Gary Sowder, Columnist
September 26, 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...

Allison Hagan. Graphic by Ally Rzesa

Adult content bans hurt dignified businesses

By Allison Hagan
January 24, 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...

Sex Column: Living up to rainbow flags and #MeToo pins

Sex Column: Living up to rainbow flags and #MeToo pins

By Kyle Labe
January 31, 2018

It happened at a typical Allston house party, where the jungle juice costs two dollars and half-inflated balloons litter the floor. Without warning, a boy I didn’t know pressed me up against the wall...

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