The Ins & Outs: Five tips to indulge in your sexual self

December 15, 2012

The end of the semester is officially upon us and our second round has officially come to an end. But before I go, I’d like to give you the five most important pieces of advice I can give to the sexually active college student. Stay sexually active. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it ...

The Ins & Outs: Why vibrators can boost sexual confidence

December 8, 2012 1 Comment

Gift giving can be miserable. Finding the perfect gift for a partner — even a longstanding one — can be even more difficult. Choosing a sweater or a necklace has become the solution for holiday gifting to a significant other, but big retailers are way off the mark. Everyone needs a vibrator. Just hear me out. ...

The Ins & Outs: How quickies can relieve holiday stress

December 1, 2012

The holidays and finals are coming up fast and the stress is enough to get to anyone. Stressed out students can turn to tried-and-true methods of drinking more caffeine until they can push through and chain smoking, but here’s a healthy alternative: a quickie. Quickies, brief and usually spontaneous sexual encounters with little or no ...

The Ins & Outs: Waiting for the right moment to lose your virginity

November 10, 2012

It’s supposed to be fun, exciting and meaningful like something out of the movies, but anyone who’s lost their virginity knows that it doesn’t always go quite like that. The average age that a person loses his or her virginity is roughly 17 years old, according to the Kinsey Institute. But it’s normal to lose ...

The Ins & Outs: Blurring the lines between sex and politics

November 3, 2012

It’s election time and that sexy conservative — or liberal — on the opposite side of the campaign has caught your attention. Forget ballots and policies and arm yourself with the perfect insider information to guarantee a hookup — and maybe even more. Republicans and Democrats have very specific qualifications they look for in their ...

The Ins and Outs: Why depression could dry up sex drive

October 27, 2012

Does it seem like getting out of bed is a huge effort? What about spending time with people? Having sex? Masturbating? One out of every four college students and one out of five young adults suffer from some form of clinical depression, according to a PsychCentral article by depression expert and author Therese J. Borchard. Symptoms ...

The Ins & Outs: Demystifying the female orgasm

October 6, 2012 1 Comment

Some women say that an orgasm is like fireworks going off all over your body. Others experience a warm wash or glow that spreads through the body. But some — and usually not for lack of trying — have no idea what an orgasm feels like. According to Planned Parenthood, 15 percent of women have ...

The Ins and Outs: Why aroused women have high tolerance to the ick factor

September 29, 2012

Think of the nastiest, most deplorable and depraved thing you’ve ever done in the bedroom. Turns out your partner might have thought it wasn’t that nasty after all. College-aged women were more likely to ignore disgusting or repulsive activities when sexually aroused, according to Charmaine Borg and Peter J. de Jong, researchers at the University of Groningen in the ...

The Ins & Outs: Virgin's guide to Folsom Street Fair

September 22, 2012 1 Comment

The 29th annual Folsom Street Fair will be an exhibition of kinktastic fun, filled with leather daddies, eager submissives and more than 250 vendors and exhibits displaying all that the Bay Area has to offer in BDSM. But don’t strap on your ball gag just yet — there’s much to learn before heading to your ...

The Ins & Outs: Why having enough sex bolsters good health

September 15, 2012

When it comes to getting it up, most studies focus on older people and what happens if you spend the first 50 years not having sex as often as you should. But it’s important for younger people, too. It’s true: If you don’t use it, you lose it. Well, not lose it. But you definitely ...

The Ins & Outs: Wrap it before you tap it; protect yourself from STDs

September 8, 2012

Think you can’t catch something from one brief sexual encounter? Think using a condom for vaginal or anal intercourse is plenty of protection? Think getting tested once every few years is plenty often? Think again. Rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are all higher in San Francisco than they have been over the last five years, ...

The Ins And Outs: Farewell to the sex column

May 15, 2012

It seems our time on this wild ride has come to a close. But before I truly say my goodbyes, I’d like to leave you all with some parting words of wisdom that didn’t quite fit in their original columns. Let’s get the juices flowing and begin. One night stands: Keep your emotions out of ...

The Ins And Outs: Discovering the many ways of stimulating the G-spot

April 29, 2012

Just inside a woman’s body, there’s a magical little zone that’s the key to her pleasure. It can make her squirm, scream and even squirt. Maybe. According to a study released April 26, more than 50 percent of women stimulate the mythical G-spot – medically known as the urethral sponge – often or most of ...

The Ins And Outs: Exploring the interplay between food and sex

April 25, 2012

In dim candlelight with a burst of semi-kinky spontaneity, you generously slather chocolate syrup onto the body of your partner. Using your fingers to blend it into your very willing victim’s body, you pause to sensuously lick clean one of your fingers with your tongue. You tease. Thanks to the chemical makeup of the chocolate, phenylethylamine ...

The Ins and Outs: Risks and rewards of breath control play

April 9, 2012

Someone’s hands tightening around your neck, cutting off blood flow and oxygen to your brain to the point that you feel like you’re going to pass out seems like a nightmare. Or a fantasy. This is one of many ways to perform erotic asphyxiation, also known as breath control play, the practice of intentionally restricting ...

The Ins and Outs: The "coregasm" gives new meaning to sexercise

April 3, 2012 3 Comments

Ladies, you know the feeling. That slow, delicious buildup of warmth and comfort that shortens your breath and explodes like a million tiny fireworks all over your body, nearly paralyzing you with pleasure. Now, imagine that during your afternoon Pilates. About 51 percent of women have experienced an orgasm in connection with abdominal exercises, according ...

The Ins And Outs: Losing your sex club virginity

March 12, 2012

Since sex in public comes with all kinds of legal strings attached, you might have decided to bring it indoors. But bumping and grinding in your room with the door closed is just plain boring if you’re a bit of an exhibitionist – so head to a sex club. San Francisco has lots of them ...

The Ins and Outs: Slipping into correct condom use

March 7, 2012

In the heat of the moment, a condom can seem inconvenient. Your lover is lying there, waiting anxiously to be pleasured, and you’re fumbling around trying to roll a thin piece of latex over your penis as fast as you possibly can. In that hurry, mistakes happen – and they happen worldwide. Incorrect condom usage ...

The Ins and Outs: Don't exhibit your sexual talents in public

February 28, 2012

Having sex outside sounds like a lot of fun, but when California state law can actually ruin your life for doing it, the stakes might be too high. Even though nudity is legal in San Francisco, having an erection while naked or getting down in public definitely isn’t. According to section 314 of the California ...

The Ins and Outs: Plan B should not be plan A when it comes to contraception

February 20, 2012

There’s nothing quite as nerve wracking as a pregnancy scare, franticly questioning if you might have made a baby during your intense, passion-filled lovemaking last night. Plan A was using a condom, which didn’t happen. That’s why there’s Plan B. Everyone loves this widely-available little pill that erases all those potential problems you’d have in ...

Campus crime update: Loitering, theft, weapon possession

February 20, 2012

Loitering at the Towers Police received a call Feb. 10 about a suspicious man lurking around the Towers at Centennial Square behaving very strangely. The fire department responded and determined that he was mentally altered. The man was transported to San Francisco General Hospital following the incident. If you see someone loitering suspiciously anywhere on ...

The Ins And Outs: The dos and don'ts of dirty talk

February 14, 2012

I’m going to get on top of you and hold you down, your wrists above your head and my mouth at your ear, whispering every juicy little thing I love about what I’m doing to you. Do you like that? Of course you do. Everyone loves a little dirty talk. “I think that’s considered some ...

The Ins and Outs: The hidden benefits of masturbation

January 31, 2012 3 Comments

That late-night rendezvous with a stranger didn’t go quite as planned, did it? It’s too late to bait a new one, and you’re just too fired up to sleep. Sounds like someone has to go home and take care of their own business. People like to think that it’s their personal dirty little secret, but ...

The Ins and Outs: Safer sex is essential for one-night stands

January 24, 2012

If you are the type who likes a steamy semi-anonymous rendezvous, the electricity that takes over in a one night stand can be addicting. It’s a flurry of sexual tension, which can only lead to both parties getting caught up in doing things they’ve only ever seen in porn. Sounds great in theory, but it’s ...

Preliminary winners chosen in San Francisco election

November 8, 2011 News

Sixteen mayoral candidates have finally been narrowed down and current Interim Mayor Ed Lee is projected to be the first Chinese-American mayor of San Francisco with 31.38 percent of first-choice votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. “I think we have something to celebrate here,” said Mayor Ed Lee at his campaign party at Tres ...

Ranked-choice voting tips

October 31, 2011 News

In the ranked-choice voting system for San Francisco mayor, sheriff and district attorney, voters have the option of ranking their top three choices for each position. All choices appear in three columns labeled First Choice, Second Choice and Third Choice. To vote, voters select their first choice candidate in the First Choice column and connect ...

Ranked-Choice voting explained: voters given second, third choices

October 29, 2011

With 16 candidates on the ballot in this year’s mayoral election, it can be hard to pick one candidate, let alone three. San Francisco is asking voters to do just that in this year’s mayoral election with an alternative system called ranked-choice voting. The system has only been used once in the city, for the ...

Voting in San Francisco: where, when and how

October 20, 2011

Here are a few important dates and tips for San Francisco voters. Monday, Oct. 24 The last day to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 24. Any voters who have changed their address, name or party affiliation must re-register by this day. You must be a citizen of the U.S., a resident of San Francisco ...

San Francisco mayoral candidates voice their plans for education

October 3, 2011

While each candidate for mayor of San Francisco has a general idea of how to handle education woes in the city, few candidates have a solid plan of how to deal with the issue of funding for education, the root of the problem. “We (San Francisco Unified School District) get it worse than the universities… ...

San Francisco mayoral race: diverse candidates heat up election

August 28, 2011

With last-minute entries, surprise candidates and over a dozen people running, this year’s race for San Francisco mayor is shaping up to be one of the most intense elections yet. Sixteen candidates are officially campaigning for the job as top executive in the city and county of San Francisco, 10 of which currently hold or ...