I am just a regular everyday normal guy…
And my sexual performances is average
– Jon Lajoie, Everyday Normal Guy
Too many sex questions start with “Is it normal that…” I’m reaching the point that the word “normal” triggers a weird Pavlovian reaction where I start yelling “NO ONE ELSE ACTUALLY CARES,” and it is uttered within earshot. I admit this is a bit of an extreme reaction, but the word “normal” has so many of the conceptions of sex I hate, namely that there is some universal, and for most, unreachable, ideal we’re all striving to reach. Ask if your sex life is healthy and pleasurable, seek out methods to make sex more mutually enjoyable, but don’t change what you’re doing because of what you think you are expected to do at Dartmouth. Fitting into the strict boundaries of these norms and expectations hurts us all. In this issue we wanted to explore what these norms and expectations are at Dartmouth, and how they affect us. By critically examining these issues in this Hump-Day Gazette, we hope to build a community that challenges misconceptions and generalizations. Remember, what you think is the norm often isn’t. And even if it is, that doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
Have fun and be safe,