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Sex and Relationships special issue photoshoot

Sex and Relationships special issue photoshoot

Rabia Gursoy March 28, 2021
For this year's Sex and Relationships Special Issue, The Statesman chose the theme "body positivity." Seven participants chose to step in front of our cameras and tell us their stories. Photography by Sara Ruberg, Rabia Gursoy and Gabby Pardo.
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Students talk about what body positivity means to them

Sara Ruberg March 26, 2021
For this year's Sex and Relationship Special Issue, The Statesman chose the theme "body positivity." Seven participants chose to step in front of our cameras and tell us their stories.
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Official poster for the Weekly Wrap Up. HANYA GAO/STATESMAN FILE

The Statesman Weekly Wrap-Up Ep. 24: Sex and Relationships

Juliana Slocum March 25, 2021
For the Sex and Relationships special issue, editors report on the body positivity movement, student's experiences with eating disorders and diet culture, legislation for the welfare of the LGBTQ community in the military and the journey to self-love.
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The body positivity movement celebrates body diversity, along with combating the stigma. UNSPLASH

Diet culture’s complicated relationship to body positivity

Maya Brown March 24, 2021
Danaher has struggled with anorexia nervosa — an eating disorder characterized by distorted body image and a compulsive fear of being overweight — since the age of 13. She is now 22. 
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Queer love is important to see on the big screen

Lajiere Blake March 21, 2021
#OPINION: Films about queer relationships are necessary, but representation is only a fraction of the work society must do. It’s important to ensure changes translate over to the real world and aren’t just relegated to a screen.
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Judi Le, senior Asian and Asian American studies major at Stony Brook university and Bryan Le, senior music major at Stony Brook University  holding hands for The Statesman Sex and Relationships photoshoot. RABIA GURSOY/STATESMAN FILE

Self-acceptance is required for successful relationships

Fanni Frankl March 21, 2021
#OPINION: In a society that relies on human connection and relationships, it is vital for people to create deep bonds with one another. Unfortunately, many cannot develop healthy relationships due to childhood traumas that affect their self-esteem. 
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Hookup culture liberates us in more ways than one

Xenia Gonikberg March 21, 2021
#OPINION: Thanks to more relaxed attitudes toward sex and sexuality, "hook-up culture" - casual sex without emotional intimacy - has become more common among teens and young adults.
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People march with the LGBTQ flag at the Pride parade held on June 30, 2019 in Manhattan, NY.  GARY GHAYRAT/STATESMAN FILE

What can still be done to equally represent the LGBTQ community in the military

Benjamin Joffe March 21, 2021
#OPINION: Whether it be to prevent equal representation in the workplace or to block adoption and marriage rights, hateful legislation passed on all levels of government demonizes and diminishes LGBTQ people. 
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McKenzi Thi Murphy, senior journalism major at Stony Brook University, 
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Self-Image during the COVID-19 pandemic: The good, the bad and the fads

Melanie Navarro March 21, 2021
In the beginning weeks of lockdown, around March of last year, home-made whipped coffee recipes, rising TikTok stars and YouTube videos on-at-home ab workouts dominated social media.
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Tanya Sengupta hugs herself for The Statesmans Sex and Relationships issue. RABIA GURSOY/STATESMAN FILE

Staff stories: What it means to “self love”

#OPINION: For a long time, I thought that self-love was something you "uncovered" and that it would always be there. I'm finding that — like so many other aspects of adulthood — it's not as simple as that.
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Kintsugi is the practice of repairing porcelain fractures with varnish or powder resin with gold. Kintsugi shows off the breaks as an important history of the object. CATALINA BENAVIDES/THE STATESMAN

You. Yes, you.

Catalina Benavides March 21, 2021
#OPINION: Catalina Benavides is a first-semester graduate student in the Master of Arts in Teaching English program. Benavides wrote a love letter to herself in the form of a poem. 
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Judi Le, a senior Asian and Asian American studies major at Stony Brook University, and Bryan Le, a senior music major at Stony Brook University holding hands for The Statesman Sex and Relationships photoshoot. RABIA GURSOY/STATESMAN FILE

Students help redefine the definition of beauty through the body positivity movement

Niki Nassiri March 21, 2021

The online body positivity movement is changing the way Stony Brook University students view and treat their bodies through mental and physical health. The body positivity movement celebrates body...

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