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Attention to prevention

Attention to prevention

Photos and design by Jaquan Leonard. Some women pop a tiny pill every day. Others go through a five minute procedure in a doctor’s office. Still more wear a patch, a ring, a diaphragm, or get a shot or implant. Each of these technologies aims to sidestep one of the most basic elements of human...
Valentine's vengeance: Local man loses control

Valentine’s vengeance: Local man loses control

On Feb. 14, business went awry at the downtown Walgreens. Eddie Johnson, an employee of 11 months, sabotaged the customers who walked through the door out of personal spite. He was dumped by his girlfriend three days before Valentine’s Day. Johnson, who had been dating his girlfriend for eight months, was devastated when he was...
Let's talk about sex, baby

Let’s talk about sex, baby

LGBTQ: Misinformation and Misintpretation

LGBTQ: Misinformation and Misintpretation

The acronym of sexual identities continues to grow, but our understanding frequently lags far behind. Sexual orientation and gender identity are often conflated in popular representations. But those five short letters encompass a vast diversity of experiences, and the people who lived them are ready to speak. Sexual identities have never been constant. Since ancient...
Millennial monogamy: wrecked by the web?

Millennial monogamy: wrecked by the web?

In 1998, during the very first episode of HBO’s hit television show “Sex and the City,” Carrie Bradshaw opened with the declaration “Welcome to the age of un-innocence!” Her reference to Edith Wharton’s classic novel about love, scandal and infidelity, “The Age of Innocence”, made a clear statement about how much life and love had...
Pheromones: Myths uncovered

Pheromones: Myths uncovered

Photos by Jaquan Leonard and Natalie Sealover. Pheromones. We all have them. You have probably heard of them. But what are they? Can humans smell them? Do they affect us when we are talking to someone we find attractive? Are they the culprit behind your spontaneous hook-up last weekend? Pheromones have been discussed and speculated...
Sights in the city: Where to go besides the bed

Sights in the city: Where to go besides the bed

Photos by Kaleb Dill and Alex Mielcarek Although Charleston is a popular tourist destination with its rich food and vacation atmosphere, there are still corners built just for locals.  The Old Charleston Jail is the unconventional traveler’s dream, giving out-of-towners the chance to see a haunted prison cell as if it were still in use....
What does sexuality look like?

What does sexuality look like?

Society often avoids talking about issues that make us feel uncomfortable, especially sex. Although it is such a huge part of our lives, human sexuality is rarely discussed because it has the ability to cause controversy. Our opinions can often divide us from our friends, family and community at large. It can be simpler to...
Slut shaming or woman taming?

Slut shaming or woman taming?

When Teja Vyavahare approaches the table at Starbucks, there is just one thing to notice: her big-lettered “I Love Consensual Sex” T-shirt. Confidently, she sits down, unphased by the attention that accompanied her on the walk from Stern Center. This same attention accompanies her now, as people steal quick glances toward our table. It is...

Corrections to Asexuality is a Sexuality – The Yard February 2017

Usually, CisternYard News uploads each of our magazine articles to our website in the days following distribution. Due to some concerns voiced by an interviewee regarding accuracy and sensitive subject matter, we will not be publishing Asexuality is a Sexuality. The article was originally published in Vo. 5 Issue 3 of The Yard. Instead, we would...
Curb your appetite

Curb your appetite

Twenty years ago, admitting you met your significant other in a bar was taboo. Now, most couples who meet each other on dating apps seem embarrassed that they met with the superficial swipe of a finger.  The Pew Research Center found that 23 percent of Americans agree with the statement “people who use online dating...
Don't be a drag, just be a queen

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen

Imagine being able to be exactly who you wanted to be – to realize the alter ego inside, to succeed where you failed, to do exactly what you have always wanted. Doesn’t that world sound perfect? Such a reality seems purely fantasy – breaking the mold in the face of societal pressures to maintain face...
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