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Let’s get ‘Hannah-lytical’

In this week’s whimsical episode of “The Bachelorette,” Hannah brings the men into her world of pageantry with the “Mr. Right Pagent.” Within this evocative display of humanity, there is an unexpected reframe of the traditional swimwear portion, substituting bikinis and one-pieces (and maybe tankinis) with speedos. The on-screen event preparation is quite extensive, involving…

Sexual life at Stanford

The word “hookup” is still fertile ground for some good old-fashioned parental disapproval. Casual hookups, however, have changed their perceived status from taboo to commonplace liberating behavior. Unfortunately, casual sexual interactions alone are often intertwined with the idea of sex-positivity. This promising, yet at times, narrow societal perception can make people feel restricted. More than…

Is modern romance dead or are my Tinder pictures just poorly angled?

Let’s say I am laying in my bed in unlaundered sweatpants as I watch “Titanic,” or “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” an updated version of the forbidden love story archetype. As I inattentively watch these idealized romances play out on my laptop, I rapidly drag my finger right on my phone screen, affirming my attraction to a promising mirror selfie of a decent-looking Stanford student without a creepy or arrogant bio. In this *hypothetical* scene, something feels a bit wrong about my desire for instant gratification and my yearning for a scenario similar to that of the people slowly falling in love on the dusty laptop screen in front of me.

‘The Bachelor,’ Week 6: Radical romance or contrived comedy?

Colton preps for his Youtube career as he shirtlessly vlogs on the beach in Vietnam. The ladies arrive, fresh-faced, to create every videographer’s dream moment: women screaming, “Good morning, Vietnam!” while gracefully crowding on a balcony. Colton and Hannah G. get sexy massages together, each wrapped in large leaves. Colton lovingly refers to the Insta…

39 spicy titles for my memoir or yours

Constructing the memoir of your life can be a truly grueling process. The most crucial element to consider, of course, is the enticing title. The stakes are incredibly high  — with the wrong label, your entire life could be inaccurately represented. For widespread applicability, I have laid out options for some niche lifestyles. For the…