Breaking the looking glass

Sex on Tuesday

When I was 7, I saw Carolyn Murphy on the cover of Vogue and thought that she was the most beautiful creature that I had ever laid my eyes upon. When I was 15, I kissed a girl, even though I knew I liked guys, because I felt comfortable with
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Halloween is never a drag

Halloween Special

Thumbing through the Target costume section, my Dad and I land on the frilly pink Barbie costume at the exact same moment. I stare with horrified intrigue at the pink velour, the frizzy tulle streaked with white and the gold B signature stylishly crafted on the right hip. “Ohh,” my
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Oaks creaking in the wind

I’ve been dismantled. Every bishop, knight and rook I once marshaled on the checkered battlefield has been ruthlessly eliminated. It’s taken exactly four minutes and 47 seconds — my humiliation is complete. Across the table from me, an older man with wispy, thinning gray hair taps the reset button on
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Free condoms on Upper Sproul!

Ok, for those of you who actually know me, you already know how excited I get when free condoms are being conveniently given out. This girl has yet to spend money on condoms — and let’s keep it that way. So of course I decided to come back to Upper
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Internationally entangled

Last semester, on the first day of spring break, I found myself digging through my carry-on in a San Francisco Starbucks bathroom and donning a prim business casual dress. Slinging a bag over each shoulder, I headed outside and schlepped the few blocks up the hill to the French Consulate.
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Thoughts on “relationship sex”

Alright, I’m sure that many of you that have read some of my previous stuff have decided that I’m a heartless, immoral, unethical, irresponsible, slutty nympho. Or something along those lines. However, there is more to me than those 400-word snippets you read semi-regularly. A couple of weeks ago, I
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Cashing in on free speech

Americans have a lot to be proud of as we forge ahead in the 21st century. We owe it to ourselves to try to ignore the economy and our future job prospects for a moment and appreciate some of the good that has been nurtured here: our stunning national parks,
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SEX ON TUESDAY: Questions for a call girl

It is 8 p.m. on a Friday night, and I have a date with one of San Francisco’s most notorious escorts. Samantha Spiegel, also known as Farrah Habiba, has agreed to meet me in Pacific Heights for a drink at the Lion Pub. As I am getting seated, Samantha walks
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Occupying with a purpose

For the past six weeks, Occupy Wall Street has captured and confused our nation’s political consciousness. Indeed, a string of questions have emerged from the media’s endless stream of coverage concerning the protest. What exactly is this grassroots, leaderless movement? Is it the left’s answer to the Tea Party? A
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A definitional distinction

This is Berkeley. And Berkeley students are über smart and intellectual. So, of course we like to sit around (or fold laundry) and philosophize about topics such as the definitional distinction between “sluts” and “whores.” Really. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine and I had that discussion
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