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Savage Sexuality

Why we should let Dan Savage tell us how to have sex

by Rachel Hedlund, guest writer; illustrations by Eleanor Anderson, editor, and Teal Francis, guest artist

It wasn’t until I began listening to Dan Savage’s weekly sex advice podcast titled “Savage Love” that I discovered the world of centaur fetishists. Yes, there are people out there who fantasize about having sex with centaurs, those mythical, half-man, half-horse creatures straight out of Greek mythology. The idea of banging a centaur had not entered my sexual fantasies before, and my immediate response was, “What the hell is wrong with these people?” After listening to numerous podcasts and reading Savage’s column, I can’t say I understand the plight of centaur fetishists in society today, but I have discovered a newfound respect for their own acceptance of their sexual desires. Savage’s open approach to almost everything in the realm of sexuality allows people to explore their sexual comfort zones and learn to communicate openly about sex. Continue reading

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Sorry, Not Interested

What if you’re not into men or women?

by Nick Sirianno, guest writer

Although it may seem like an unconventional topic for a college campus filled with post-pubescent hormones, asexuality shouldn’t be taken lightly. For most young adults, “sex sells” and this phrase certainly seems to apply to a majority of consumers.  But what about the minority for whom sex is not enough? Continue reading

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The Art of Sexy

Ancient art and modern eroticism

by Sally Hardin, guest writer; illustrations by Lily Turner, staff artist

When you read beauty magazines or even discuss modern standards of feminine beauty with friends, ancient Greek statues don’t often pop up in the conversation. But what if those very statues started it all?  What if their marble curves gave birth to the physique that we now find sexually appealing? At Colorado College, we hold ourselves to a high standard of physical fitness; notions of beauty here often promote a basic ideal of athleticism and lean fitness. This is largely because CC is a physically active community, but what if there’s more to it than that? What if we’re programmed to see sexual attractiveness partially through the eyes of the Greeks? Continue reading

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The Five-Year Generation

by Ginny Leise, staff writter

Authors and critics have long postulated that the salient characteristic of Generation Y-ers, born between 1977 and 1994, is our saturation in popular media via technology. Innovations that astound our elders seem commonplace to us; the internet and cell phones have become givens in our lives. This saturation has afforded us a few distinct advantages. Continue reading

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The Last Laugh

Meditations on humor at CC

by Sam Brasch, staff writer

Last year, my father, a Colorado College graduate, made the mistake of telling me he had written an ill-received humor column for The Catalyst in 1974. I dug up the old column with great anticipation, chomping at the bit to see my father in all of his full-blown eighteen-year-old awkwardness. I was not disappointed. In the January 1975 edition of his Sticklers column  my dad teamed up with a hallmate to write “College’s Creation: Same Song, New Beat”—a creation myth of the Colorado College written “Old Testament style.” 

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Hunting Hanson

The life of a superfan

words and images by Anna Sanger, staff writer

Remember those boy bands of the nineties? N’Sync? The Backstreet Boys? What about Hanson? When you hear that name, Hanson, you might think of stringy haired pre-teens playing in front of a large yellow pansy, or maybe a band of spastic, high-pitched, gap-toothed brothers. Ever wonder what happened to those guys? 

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Once Upon the Internet…

by Emma Calabrese, editor; illustration by Julia DeWitt, staff artist

In an age when YouTube, Hulu and Facebook give us access to a seemingly endless array of videos, it is strange to imagine that they have only been available for a few years. From legendary homemade YouTube videos (“Chah-lie bit me!”), to the dependable availability of television shows on Hulu, the Internet has revolutionized our approach to spreading and consuming fiction and controversy…

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