Sex & Relationships

Pillow Talk: The orgasm gap

One day each spring, you’ll find a diagram of a vagina in a large lecture hall on campus: PLC 180. The diagram is an intricate, detailed look at female anatomy with each part neatly labeled. But, what the professor leading the lecture wants to focus on most is the clitoris. …

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Not just ropes, whips and chains: A look into the world of kink and fetish in Eugene

Just looking at it, you wouldn’t suspect the house to be anything but normal. It’s large and white; it’s a home dedicated to “clean and sober living,” and it’s located in a rural area of Eugene. Yet there’s a room in the basement of the house where activities take place …

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Owens: Don’t let pornography show you how it’s done

Porn screwed me. As an 18-year-old virgin, I thought I was prepared for what having sex was going to be like. I had watched video after video of people doing it online, so I figured I knew everything about it. Now after actually having awkward, fun and emotional sexual encounters …

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Pillow Talk: When bigger doesn’t mean better

Dear Katherine, I just started seeing this guy and we recently had sex for the first time. The only problem is that he’s well-endowed, and it’s been pretty painful. What can we do about it? — Bigger Ain’t Always Better Dear Bigger, I’d like for every guy insecure about the …

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The UO is one of the most queer-friendly campuses in the country with an abundance of resources

It’s Sunday, June 28, 1969. The Stonewall Riots occurred after a popular New York gay bar was raided. The patrons of the bar — sick of homophobic oppression —  fought back that night against the New York City police. Across the country a group of University of Oregon students was making a …

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UO students find ways to communicate with a secret crush through @UOCrush

Let’s be frank. These days if you want to hook up, there are numerous apps available to help you find a conquest. Click, click then bang. Pun intended. As of late, communication with romantic interests is done almost always through technology. But what if the person you have been secretly …

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Why few women major in STEM fields, and what the UO is doing to change that

Prejudice comes in many forms. Sometimes, it shows itself through personal conflicts — through bullying, taunting or hate crimes. Other times, it comes in the form of legal matters — through withholding the right to vote or the right to marry. Often, though, prejudice comes in shapes a bit more …

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UO Men’s Center helps answer the question: What is masculinity?

When Maj Hutchinson tells people she is the director of the University of Oregon Men’s Center, she is commonly met with two reactions: first, surprise (because she is a woman) and second, confusion (that a Men’s Center exists). “Why do we need a Men’s Center,” some women ask, “when the whole world …

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Sex: Nadia Cho's library sex scandal at UC Berkeley

While students at UC Berkeley were busy making travel plans for Thanksgiving, Nadia Cho had another prerogative. She wanted to prove that having sex on campus was possible. Not just anywhere, but in UC Berkeley’s library. She had sex in between the stacks of her library — right next to the books on …

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Relationships: Overcoming the post-Christmas blues

Yesterday, while listening to music on my iPod, Josh Groban’s version of “Little Drummer Boy” came on. And, instead of getting filled with the fuzzy, warm holiday spirit like I normally do when I hear his sexy baritone, my heart dropped. The date was Dec. 26, 2012, and I felt …

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Brightening people's days using 'UOregon Compliments' Facebook page

Believe in the power of compliments? Wish to spread kindness via social media? Well, then post an anonymous compliment on the “UOregon Compliments” Facebook page. “UOregon Compliments” is a page dedicated to posting compliments anonymously. All one has to do is message the page administrator with a compliment for a …

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Sex: Is being attracted to someone while in a relationship normal?

Dear Katherine, I have been dating this guy for a few months and he’s great. It’s going really well, and I think I’m falling in love. Despite this budding romance, I still feel attracted to other guys. It could be a guy I meet in class or at a party. …

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Sex: Sex and relationships in the media this week

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said that the birth control pill should be sold over-the-counter and KVAL News reports that many women in Eugene agree. A Eugene women’s health care practitioner, Anne Marie Moore, said that since the pill is relatively safe, even safer than some other over-the-counter …

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Sex: How to mend a broken heart

Dear Katherine, About a week ago, my girlfriend ended our two-and-a-half-year relationship. It was completely out of the blue — I didn’t see it coming at all. She said that she wasn’t sure she wanted to be with me anymore. Just like that. I am crushed. I love her. She …

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Sex: Sex and relationships in the media this week

A new study shows that men in monogamous relationships who possess increased levels of the hormone oxytocin (also known as the “love hormone”), keep their distance from attractive women and are more likely to be faithful to their partners. Writer Arden Leigh is a master of seduction. After years of …

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Relationships: Advice — falling in love with a roommate

Dear Katherine, A few months ago, I moved in with a group of strangers I met on Craigslist. I like living with them, but there’s one problem: I’m in love with one of my roommates. Despite my better judgement, I drunkenly hooked up with him shortly after I moved in. …

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Sex: Sex and relationships news this week

Here are some highlights of what happened in the sex and relationships world this week: What is the future of same-sex marriage? Check out this interview on NPR in which both sides — pro same-sex marriage and against — debate. A man who accused Elmo puppeteer of having sex with …

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Video: Students on Gay Marriage

Sex and Relationships Reporter Katherine Marrone asks University of Oregon students what they think the future of gay marriage is.

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Relationships: Gays against gay marriage

It was the poster of a large wedding cake, toppling over, that caught my attention. I found it on a site with a perplexing title: againstequality.org, and the text that decorated the image communicated a powerful, albeit surprising, message: “Marriage is the proverbial burning building. Instead of pounding on the …

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Sex: Sex and relationships news for Nov. 12

Here’s this week’s highlights in sex and relationships on the Internet: Arizona may elect its first openly bisexual to Congress, according to Jezebal. Her name is Kyrsten Sinema and she is a pro-choice, pro-environment, and pro-LGBT Democrat. An unlikely consideration: Should we take lessons from the sex film industry regarding …

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The results are in: Trojan's 7th Annual Sexual Health Report Card

A couple of weeks ago, The Daily Beast published the results of Trojan’s 7th annual sexual health report card, which ranks 141 schools based on the amount of sexual health information and campus resources they provide. Schools were scored according to availability of contraceptives, availability of condoms, access to STI …

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Advice column: Are long-distance relationships worth the time and energy?

Dear Katherine, My boyfriend is going to Spain for winter term. We have been together for four months, and we are crazy about each other. Should we stay together for the four months he’ll be away? I don’t want to hold him back in any way, but I also don’t …

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Advice Column: Dealing with being a hopeless (and single) romantic

Dear Katherine, I’m interested in men, and I’m having a hard time finding a boyfriend. I sometimes joke with my straight friends about how much easier it must be for them to find somebody. Let’s face it: there are just more straight individuals out there. The limited guys that I …

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Sex: From Ninja Turtles to sexy Big Birds—a reflection on Halloweens past

It’s Halloween, and I want to go trick-or-treating. I remember the days when Halloween used to signify heaping pumpkin-shaped bags of candy and dressing up as a Ninja Turtle. It meant going door-to-door with my siblings, excitedly seeking the best of goodies, before returning home and trading our favorite pieces …

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Communication is key to keeping a balance in romantic relationships

From getting comfortable with a higher education curriculum to making and breaking relationships on a consistent basis, life on a university campus is a learning experience by default. Intimate relationships are explored and pursued, and what’s overlooked is the importance of these relationships to the college experience and the personal growth of each partner.

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Advice column: How to deal with past loves in a relationship

Dear Katherine, I have been with my girlfriend for a little over a year now. I’ve had a few relationships before her, but nothing like this. I can confidently say she is my first love. And the only thing is, I kind of wish I were hers. She had another …

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Young marriage — it's not for everyone, but sometimes it does work

The first time Brandon asked for Tia’s number, it was at the gas station where she worked. He had been to the station a few times before that with the same intention, but each time left with only a single piece of Jolly Rancher candy instead. When he finally did …

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Relationships: A new website analyzes his texts for you

I have many memories of hours spent deciphering crush’s texts. Mostly, these were passed on a girlfriend’s bed during sleepovers in middle school while scenes of dreamy Zac Efron played in the background. I would stress over these texts, smile over these texts, do little happy dances over these texts …

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Advice: How to tell your boyfriend to text more maturely

Dear Katherine, It’s been two months since I’ve started seeing my current boyfriend. I am very happy — he’s kind and considerate, he has a great sense of humor and he’s interesting. There is just one little, bitty thing that irritates me: he uses acronyms and abbreviations while texting. You …

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Study says younger people are more likely to search for a soul mate on average

Do couples that believe in the concept of soul mates have a higher chance of survival than those that don’t? According to the Washington Times, an article in Social Science Research shows that these ultra passionate, “destined” relationships are actually at a higher risk of failure due to the difficulty …

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