Public or private? Facebook and bath houses

Sex on Blogday

Imagine you sit in a bathhouse, nude. You are awkwardly trying to cover up with skimpy white towels the staff gives you. Eventually, eye contact is made with someone really cute. They begin to approach you. Some seemingly sly gestures are made, and they excitingly follow you back into your
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A guide to fossil fuel divestment

Grass Roots

I’m not pro-ASUC. Whenever I hear the latest drama from the ASUC Senate, I sigh and wonder if any of the bills they pass will actually change the way our university functions. I recognize this is unfair for those students involved in the student government, who I know work very
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For the record

I understand that my last column unintentionally caused offense over my reference to Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington as “Princess Worthington.” This reference is not in any way intended to offend, demean or imply anything concerning the council member’s sexual orientation. As an ally of the queer movement and as
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OverraTED

Discomfort Zone

I don’t like talking about TED. The conversations always start off the same. Someone asks if I’ve seen the TED Talk by Joshua Foer about memory or Wingham Rowan’s discussion of flexibility in the job market.  My answer is always the same: I avoid TED Talks. Sorry. Cue disappointment, frustration,
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Escaping the labyrinth

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

Sharpied onto a bathroom wall in Evans is a cityscape not unlike Berkeley. Far above it, what appears to be a rock climber scales the stall. A rope from above fastens him to the very top and a rope from below anchors him to the city. Just inches from reaching
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Is anal for the abnormal?

Sex on Blogday

Everyone has an anus. Everyone has a large number of nerve endings in their rectal erogenous zone, and everyone is physically capable of enjoying anal sex. Yet anal sex is often seen as only appropriate for homosexual men and adventurous women. Why doesn’t everyone enjoy it more frequently? Why does
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Sustainability and the Berkeley Bubble

Grass Roots

I realized I was outside of the Berkeley Bubble when I noticed my friends back home had two trashcans in their kitchen. Both filled with trash. My hands at the time were filled with various bottles and cans from the night before, and as I looked around desperately searching for
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Ugly Americans

The Discomfort Zone

This past winter break, I went back to Israel. As I have lived there intermittently over the past few years, the trip served as a way to reconnect with family, friends and a place that has held many meaningful experiences for me. The trip was composed of a few families
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Making a mark: Someone was here

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

Molly’s name dances on the wall. Two loopy “l”s tango together before crashing down into a finishing “y.” The way the letters are strung together, you could almost see her hand gliding across the plastic laminate bathroom partition, announcing to the world that she, Molly, sat on that very toilet
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What is sex?

Sex on Blogday

Some of you may be reading this in your dorm room in Unit 3, maybe at FSM or even across the country in Washington, D.C. Regardless of your location, we all have something in common: sex. Sex can mean a lot of different things. It can refer to anything from
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