On Loving Self-Love

On Loving Self-Love Masturbation and How No One Wants to Talk About It By ALAYA AYALA   Jacking off. Alone time. Wanking. Touching yourself. Whatever you call it, it’s technically known as masturbating. It’s healthy, a lot of people do it. It’s normal, yet no one wants to talk about it. This is really weird given how often people talk about sex in everyday life and how boldly. It’s the subject of jokes, it’s exalted in media, it’s threaded into advertisements for everything from food to house furniture. Centuries-old literature that has been lauded throughout the ages harps on about …

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Securing the Double Legacy

Securing the Double Legacy Insight into Harvard Freshman Dating Culture By JAYCEE YEGHER and GRAHAM WALTER   It’s a pretty safe assumption that most of us are really here to find a match and create a double legacy. I mean all of you have at least said it jokingly and know that there is definitely a little bit of sincere intent behind the words. Coming to Harvard, we all had some expectations. Our prefrosh minds may not have even known about the value of double legacy, but the prospect of being constantly surrounded by thousands of peers is enough to …

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On Polyamory

On Polyamory A word— or, a few words— about polyamory. By Alex Gaskarth   I think I realized I was polyamorous near the end of last term. It had been a wild term, and I had been having a lot of sex, with a lot of different people. I had been absolutely addicted to Tinder, and I increasingly loved both the thrill of becoming intimate with someone new and the pleasure that comes with cultivating and deepening an existing relationship. For a while, I simply thought of myself as a bit of a slut, something to feel guilty about; I …

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Wearing Your Sexuality on Your Sleeve

Wearing Your Sexuality on Your Sleeve The Seventh Installment of a Weekly Fashion Column By GRACE TWOREK   Sex. People love to talk about it. People hate to talk about it. But what so many people don’t realize is that we wear sex. One may ask, how? Through the clothes we put on our body, we have the ability to express our sense of sexuality in so many ways. No matter how much or how little we choose to express our sexuality through our wardrobe, the most important part is that it is OUR choice. The world, similar to fashion …

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Rêverie

Rêverie For C.   The Athenians enjoyed The strategic luxury of the acropolis. Likely not by chance – But by design they huddled The heart of ancient leadership about One tremendous stone.   Crowned with their temple, The daily penance was Up a mighty slope which I presume Tested the fortitude of the pious, And children’s courage, Among the other things.   As an economist, I worry myself Often with spillovers: The unseen consequence on the other – The unplanned and, The eventuality.   This “other thing” that Athens – In a singular wisdom capable of: Cleisthenes’ birth, And provisions …

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Body Talk

Body Talk Thoughts and Conversations About Hypersexualizing Athletes By ALAYA AYALA   If there’s any group of students on campus that know a lot about bodies and how they work, it is pre-med students and athletes. Pre-med students need to know these things because it will ease them into medical school where they can relearn it all when the time comes. Athletes, on the other hand, need to know about their bodies for more immediate and practical reasons. Their bodies are what allow them to engage in sports, and without knowing how they look, feel, and what they need, they’d …

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#HarvardHearsYou Summit for Gender Equity

#HarvardHearsYou Summit for Gender Equity The First Gender Equity Summit Held in Memorial Church on April 2nd By EVELYN GRAY   On Tuesday, April 2nd the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Harvard University Title IX Office came together in Memorial Church to host the first #HarvardHearsYou Summit for Gender Equity. The program included talks, a celebrity panel, and candid discussion. On the celebrity panel were actress and activist Laverne Cox, fashion designer Christian Siriano and fashion blogger and body positive activist Nicolette Mason. Discussion topics included gender discrimination on university campuses, due process, and intersectional approaches to equity was …

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Nadia Murad Speaks at Harvard

Nadia Murad Speaks at Harvard By GRAHAM WALTER           Having survived ISIS’ genocide and abductions of the Yazidi community, Nadia Murad has won the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocation of sexual violence. Nadia spoke last Wednesday (04/03/19) as a part of the Weatherhead Center’s Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture Series in Memorial Church. Her talk reflected her life before her capture and how those events inspire and prompt her to speak out so strongly against sexual violence.         Murad spoke about the atrocities of the terrorist organization and how over 600 men from her community were killed. …

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Hazy Gray and Hints of Haley

Hazy Gray and Hints of Haley Part 2) To the younger version of myself, after experiencing the death of a fellow student and best friend. By ARIANA AKBARI If there is one thing that I remember from taking SLS20 my freshman spring, it is that every time you recall a memory, you recall it a little less perfectly. In the end, all of your favorite memories – the ones that you have recalled the most – are just blurs, with their details filled in by your imagination. My freshman fall was a really sweet time for me, so I have …

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Solace lost

Solace lost By ANA LUIZA NICOLAE   Singing in the rain, walking on sunshine, crying rivers… A lot seems to come out of representations of our mood through natural allegories and imagery. In the past decades, studies have correlated our good moods and increased stamina to some extent with pleasant weather: goomy skies covering expected rays of the sun that could generally alter our cognition for the best. We must always look for the limiting factors of such studies of course, but memory, mood, and energy levels are seen to increase with time spent in more bountiful outdoors landscapes. Conversely, …

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Pruned

Pruned A Poem By AIDAN FITZSIMMONS   Figurine trees pose in the college yard, unclimbable, unfurling branches just above human reach, ungraspable. Today I studied one, circling softly, squirrel mind loud, searching for those subtle stairs only simians sense. They should be there; instead, there’s only stark featureless bark and dead gnarled nubs, wood belly buttons where life would tree, neutered for fear; would we become aware of our freedom, foolishly climbing by tree will, fleeing the godlike shears? But even those amputated limbs stay as stumps unscaled, for the true pruning leaves no trace but a bare, “perfect” trunk, …

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Women’s Water Polo Team 1-1 on Senior Day

Women’s Water Polo Team 1-1 on Senior Day By JASPER FU   On Senior Day, the Crimson Women’s Water Polo team (No. 14) beat George Washington with a score of 10-7, but lost to Bucknell in a close match, 9-7. At Blodgett Pool this Saturday, the Crimson began by earning a hard fought victory over the George Washington Colonials. A strong defence on the part of the Colonials saw them leading for most of the first quarter, 1-0, and the two teams traded points to bring the score to 3-2, with George Washington in the lead and only three minutes …

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