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 for us to show love to ourselves. So, for our “Sex and Relationships” special issue, we asked The Statesman editors their take on the “sexiest foods.” Click to find out our top 10!
There are literature snobs everywhere, from the desk next to you in a lecture hall all the way to the messy world of online discourse; and of course, they make their opinions heard. Especially in recent years, with books like Colleen Hoover’s “Ugly Love” gaining traction on TikTok and in many bookish communities, smutty books have entered the literature conversation — and they deserve to.
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. A common theme: sexual exploration before marriage was strictly prohibited, and the students felt that educators were willing to guilt them into compliance.
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Colleen Hoover’s “It Ends with Us” is currently ranked fourth on the New York Times bestseller list. As of March 20, the book is entering its 91st week on the bestseller list. The 2016 romance novel has gained immense popularity since 2021, primarily through TikTok under the “#BookTok” hashtag. The novel is critically acclaimed for its touching themes and even won Best Romance on Goodreads in 2016.
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.
My great-grandmother was named Willie Mae McBride, and yes, she was from Georgia. At some point in her youth, she jumped from her small, rural hometown to the industrial Midwestern giant of Cleveland. I think I only met her once, when I was too young to form conscious memories of her. But everyone in the family spoke kindly of her: the only relative who everybody liked, who provided a sense of community.
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. I got the whole “birds and the bees” conversation from my parents. But I didn’t receive much of a sex education from my own school, and I’m not the only one.