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Is sex actually important in relationships?

Is sex actually important in relationships?

Brittney Dietz April 9, 2023
For this year's "Sex and Relationships" special issue, Brittney Dietz spoke to multiple people — single and taken — about their stance on sexual intimacy and relationship stereotypes during the 2023 "Sex and Relationships" photoshoot.
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Podcast: Exploring queer relationships at Stony Brook University

Podcast: Exploring queer relationships at Stony Brook University

Mackenzie Yaddaw April 9, 2023
Reporter Mackenzie Yaddaw sat down with five LGBTQIA+ identifying individuals — Alex, Emily, Natalia, Kayla and Floral — to discuss their journeys when navigating hook-up and dating culture during their collegiate careers.
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Brittney Dietz wears a cross necklace. Stony Brook students felt hindered by the lack of sexual education in Catholic school. BRITTNEY DIETZ

Sex ed: Three Catholic school testimonials

Anya Marquardt, Maria Lynders, and Sarah Murphy March 26, 2023
Ahead of the 2023 "Sex and Relationships" special issue, three Stony Brook students reflected on the Catholic education they received before transitioning to the public school system.
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Kenny Spurrell and Tim Giorlando ride bikes to mimic Oliver and Elio from Call Me By Your Name. ILLUSTRATED AND PHOTO BY KAT PROCACCI

On-screen couples breaking stereotypes: a reenactment

Katherine Procacci and Maria Lynders March 26, 2023
Historically, on-screen romance hasn’t always represented real life. But in recent years, movies and TV shows have portrayed relationships that have broken social stereotypes, becoming a bit more realistic.
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Our pursuit for connections

Our pursuit for connections

Sara McGiff March 26, 2023
#OPINION: Looking around the university classroom at my younger peers, I found myself mute. How does a person start a conversation? It was a heavy transaction: a line of dialogue for a connecting thread. 
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Copy Chief Skylar Sena passionately displays her love for spicy literature. Smut captivates readers with stories like no other. TIM GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

Hockey smut and the search for sexual literacy

Skylar Sena March 26, 2023
So why does smut get this type of global internet attention? Because they’re the books that are written for women, by women.
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The Statesman’s Top 10 sexiest foods to spice up your life

Anya Marquardt March 26, 2023
Food. Diverse in its ability to create, share and savor. Food is romance served on a platter for us to share with those we love, or to show ourselves some self-love.
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It Ends With US. The 2016 Goodreads Best Romance winner harbors potentially dangerous themes of intimate partner violence.ATRIA BOOKS

Romance novel “It Ends with Us”: cautionary tale of domestic violence falls dangerously flat

Jenna Zaza March 26, 2023
While "It Ends With Us" is marketed as a romance novel and continues to be praised, its erroneous portrayal of intimate partner violence (IPV) renders it downright dangerous to be classified as such, as Hoover’s attempt at a cautionary tale falls flat.
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Looking for love? New study shows Tinder might be the way to go (or not)

Sonya Gugliara and Viola Flowers March 26, 2023
Ever wonder what the guy on Tinder’s real intentions are but are too afraid to ask? The Statesman did the work so you don’t have to. We matched with 100 guys on Tinder. Here’s what we found. 
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Writer Christine Kelley poses for the photoshoot. Kelleys personal experiences as part of the LGBTQ+ community and southern culture bridge her past and present.   TIMOTHY GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

How coming out helped me connect with my Southern upbringing

Christine Kelley March 21, 2023
#OPINION: If I didn’t embrace my queerness, polyamory and leftist politics, I’d be lost. But I need that Southern past to ground me as well. That’s roughly what community does; it bridges your past and your present.
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A scene from Run On (top left), Nevertheless (top right), Mine (bottom left) and Squid Games (bottom right. ILLUSTRATED BY BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

The increased representation of queer relationships in K-Dramas

Jenna Zaza March 21, 2023
In recent years, there has been a trend of increased representation of LGBTQ+ relationships in Korean dramas, or K-dramas. South Korea is traditionally an extremely conservative country, but this trend may be showing a shift in attitudes toward the queer community.
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Sam Cornetta and Morgan Tiller posing for the photoshoot. Lack of inclusive sex education hurts queer students. TIM GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

Lack of inclusive sex education is hurting queer students

Anya Marquardt March 21, 2023
#OPINION: I wasn't shown a condom in school until my senior year at a mandatory meeting for students attending prom. Yes, I knew what a condom was — but only from the internet.
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