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April showers bring May flowers, but also valuable insight on one of the biggest social issues plaguing the pulse of our current culture—sexual assault.

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large-2Consent. A seemingly simple concept that, for many reasons, is largely misunderstood. How can something as easy as a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer be so misconstrued, so often? Contrary to popular belief, ignorance is not always bliss. You may think you know when there’s consent, but unless you’re 100 percent on the same page as your potential sexual partner, the actual act of sex with them remains strictly a possibility. Continue Reading

tumblr_n8bcu7xgtf1qj2f39o1_1280I was born this way. When I was four, before I even knew what sex was, I used to masturbate to fantasies of being kidnapped and enslaved. I remember feeling confused and ashamed about my fantasies, but I couldn’t resist indulging them while rubbing my clitoris with a beanie baby. The result was too delicious.

This would become my deepest darkest secret that I would never reveal at sleepovers, that I would never even write in my diaries because I did not want to face how fucked-up I was. Something was deeply and fundamentally wrong with me, and I would sporadically try to “quit” my fantasy-ridden masturbation sessions, much like a drug addict still clinging to the ever-dwindling hope of recovery. Continue Reading

sex-ed-signThe month of June signifies a slew of special occasions. It marks the start of swimsuit season, reminds us all to appreciate our fathers, and signifies the beginning of summer vacation. But just because June brings about the end of the school year doesn’t mean our education has to stop with it. In fact, the month of June is actually Adult Sex Ed Month (thanks to sex educator and writer Bobbie Morgan)! You might be thinking Adult Sex Ed? We should all have that stuff figured out by the time we reach adulthood right? Well, unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Continue Reading