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By Asa Kowals-Rose I  was seven when I cast my first vote for president. It was Election Day 2004, and all the students in my elementary school were given a mock presidential ballot to fill out. I’m pretty sure I accidently voted for Bush, but this was an elementary school in the heart of Seattle, and Kerry won in a landslide. As I look forward to casting my first real vote for president in November, I firmly believe that it will have as great an impact on the future of the country as the half-sheet of paper I filled out twelve years ago. I am, nonetheless, an enthusiastic participant in the democratic process. Presidential elections, frankly, are a sham. By the time the Election Day arrives, the United States’ two-party system has produced only two viable candidates for office. The ideological spectrum represented by these candidates is often quite limited, forcing voters to settle on a candidate who may not actually represent the...

 
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Dear Body Party, Help, I’m cold and I want to make out. I have a crush on this person, which is great, and I think they may like me back, which is also great—but the problem is, they’re not the only person I like, they’re just the person I like who I think is the most likely to want to kiss me back. Is it bad to go out with them—despite the fact that they are number three or so on my list—just because I think I may have a slight opening? I’m not really looking for something serious, but I want something—is it rude or mean or unfair to drag them into this? Is it worth my time? It’s mid February, we’re just coming off of Valentine’s Day, it’s 40 or so degrees outside—we all want something or someone to help us ward off seasonal affective disorder. You’re not the only one, and you certainly aren’t ‘bad’ or ‘mean’ for wanting to date someone despite maybe being more invested in someone prettier, more interesting, or less self obsessed....

 
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Dear Body Party, I am going through a major dry spell, and I was watching that one Sex in the City episode the other night and fell into a Google hole- I spent hours looking up vibrators, dildos, butt plugs. How am I supposed to choose? They’re all so expensive and what I thought would be a quick solve for my sexual frustration is looking more complicated (and expensive!) than just trying to snag a Tinder date. Where should I start? Should I hit Lovers or hit the app store? Honestly, screw Tinder. Fuck yourself instead. Searching for a new sex toy is a bit like opening a can of worms- there’s too many, they’re all different but serve the same basic purpose, and many of them tend to wiggle around a whole lot. Get it? Me neither. Sex is one of those complicated things that can actually be pretty simple- on a very basic level, good sex is about being honest with yourself about what you like, and being willing to ask for it- regardles...

 
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By Asa Kowals-Rose A year ago, politicos were preparing for a dull election season. As I watched the Iowa caucus results pour in, it became clear that this would not be the case. The effortless Clinton victory many had anticipated for years had given way to an evening of nail biting; as precincts tallies were reported, her lead over Bernie Sanders dwindled to less than one percent, and almost disappeared entirely. The results that would decide the evening came in slowly, as if to foreshadow another long and competitive Democratic primary. For Secretary Clinton, this must have been incredibly disheartening. For a political junkie looking for reasons to put off homework, it was wonderful to watch. As the dust settled in Iowa, Clinton emerged with a painstakingly thin majority of precincts and 23 delegates; Sanders received 21. The Iowa Democratic Party doesn’t release raw vote totals for the caucus, leaving open the possibility that ...

 
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By Felix Chrome Every election cycle the prospect of a new president reminds hoards of generally apolitical facebook friends and loud-talking liberals on the bus about their deep belief in the importance of electoral politics. My dad’s friends share meme’s complaining about ‘apathetic youth’ and the CPJ inevitably gets pitched an article about how people really ought to vote despite what ‘the anarchists’ in this town say. Besides wanting to vomit every time I hear the phrase ‘civic duty’ I don’t really care if you want to vote, it won’t do anything to like, “change the world” but neither will my abstention. It’s whatever. However, the idea that voting, especially voting in national presidential elections,  is somehow the end-all-and-be-all of political engagement is hugely detrimental. Those who like to talk about how everyone really must vote often argue that if everyone who thought their vote won’t change anything voted it could...

 
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Dear Body Party, I am a cis woman and while I love plenty about sex—the intimacy, making out, getting eaten out—I find penetration kind of uncomfortable. I tried going out and buying some KY Jelly and although it helped out, it got all over everything, smelled like cough syrup, and made me feel kind of sticky. Do you have any lube suggestions? Lube makes all kinds of sex better. No one should ever feel bad about not being able to get wet enough, and nobody should ever have to put up with uncomfortable sex. Sex should not be tolerable- it should be enjoyable, and lube can play a big part in making that happen, no matter what you’re putting in where. Too often, people end up grabbing whatever is lying around to get the job done- sample packets collected at Pride, coconut oil (which can work wonders in the right situation), or even conditioner (in general, I don’t think you should use anything a 13 year old boy uses to mastrabate for...

 
Astrology
 
 

Horoscopes

 
January 27, 2016



By Nix Chace These next couple weeks brings a time of healing and self-reflection for all the signs. Mercury, the planet of day-to-day expression and communication, had a retrograde from January 5 to 25. As well as a mercury retrograde, the planet Jupiter, ruler of luck and higher learning, has been in retrograde since January 7, and will continue to be until May 9. But fear not, Jupiter in retrograde brings a promise spiritual and intellectual growth! For fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) these next couple weeks are about slowing down and accepting vulnerability. For Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) this a time for self-love and appreciation. For the air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) it’s your time to keep your energy up and stay motivated. The water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) these next couple weeks are about keeping yourself steady and to keep persevering. ARIES 3/21 - 4/19 You’ve put up a wall since the new ye...

 
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By Anonymous Organizers of the Pro Abortion Rights Protest This January marks the twenty third anniversary of a feminist milestone; the Roe v Wade court case establishing legal abortion access for women in the United States. Though abortion access has always been heavily regulated, the past several years have seen an increasing imposition of abortion restrictions by the right. Between 2011 and 2015, states enacted 282 abortion restrictions according to the Guttmacher institute. These anti abortion efforts culminated January 6 with a 240 to 181 house vote to block federal funding from Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act. Though it was vetoed on Jan 8, it marks the first time such a bill has made it to the president’s desk. Here on the west coast, the anti-abortion movement has failed to take hold, and has little impact apart from their routine harassment outside clinics. But even in Washington, a state largely regarded a...

 
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By Jamine Kozak Gilroy Having spent the break with two small children, with a household ban on “potty talk”, I’m coming back to the adult world, and I want to talk about bathrooms. Everybody pees, and I believe strongly that anywhere you take your pants off should be a safe space. Unfortunately, for people who are queer or trans that has historically not been the case. Increased visibility for people who are transgender in the 21st century has unleashed a flood of queer and transphobic feelings and rhetoric that exposes our cultures convoluted ideas about gayness, straightness, and gender. As my friend River, a trans boy, film student, and Harrison Ford aficionado, told me, “I, as a human, have a bladder that needs to be emptied and sometimes because of my social dysphoria and feelings of personal safety my ability to pee comfortably is compromised.” Bathrooms are fundamental, and the right to pee safely should be respected and p...

 
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Dear Body Party, I recently started back on antidepressants, and while I’ve stopped thinking about death so often (yay!) I’ve completely lost my sex drive and, worse yet, lost any ability to cum. Is there any ways I can get my sex drive back without dropping the SSRIs and plunging back into a depressive pit? -Less Sad, but Sexless Hey Less Sad, but Sexless, I’ve got good news for you, and I’ve got bad. The good news is that often times different anti depressants effect sex drive differently than others, so shopping around could drastically improve your sexual health and boost your ability to orgasm. The bad news is that while a new prescription could help out, it is unlikely that there is any one solution to your problem. The standard pharmacological treatment for clinical depression are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), medication that stops the brain from disposing of excess serotonin, a neurotransmitter crucia...