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Gay After Dark

When CC’s liberal beliefs go to bed

by Kathleen Hallgren, staff writer; illustration by Austin Turner, guest artist


Disclaimer: This article is a rendering of my own personal experience, and is not intended to speak for an entire community. Rather, it represents the experience of a small piece of that whole.

So, let’s just say you’re a girl.

Also, let’s say you’re gay.

It’s Friday night, and campus is abuzz with the whisper of evening plans unfolding. Three hours until Midnight Breakfast and you’re in a friend’s room, probably pre-gaming, definitely listening to music.  The night progresses, and above the bumping bass-line you hear one of your friends exclaim to the group, “Let’s go out!” You and your girlfriend agree, because your sexuality shouldn’t hinder hanging out with your friends, right? A short walk in the biting cold (its temper beaten into submission by the three or four “Rastails” and other beverages you’ve enlisted to act in your defense) leads you to the dimly lit, sweaty, pulsating sex pit commonly known as a house party. You barely have time to survey this sea of bodies before you’re swept into its clutches. PDA is clearly the norm, but you’re hesitant to make a scene. You and your girlfriend spend a good twenty minutes dancing with your friends, trying to blend into the heteronormative scene as best you can, which isn’t hard because neither of you would necessarily tip off anyone’s “gaydar.” As you watch your peers succumb to the sexually charged atmosphere and the contents of their red Solo cups, inhibitions begin to fade. Everyone around you is dancing and having a good time, and you decide there really is no reason to abstain from dancing with your girlfriend. I mean, this is a liberal school, right? Continue reading

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Getting Some

And other cosmic preoccupations

by Tristan Dickison, staff writer

The dust from World War II settled, its scenes of death sprawled over many nations, and a man in Indiana named Alfred Kinsey turned his attention to le petit mort, or the “little death” responsible for life. Kinsey, a zoologist and university professor, wanted to know how we do it. He wanted to track the ins and outs of human sexuality and to witness it firsthand with all the detached and objective observation he could muster without springing a boner. Continue reading

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