RANDOM RANTS: Appropriate or not, let’s talk about it

March 31, 2010

by Danielle Cintron, Editor

As a student journalist, writing comes as a learning experience. Columns, having never been my strong suit, are something I like to read regularly. Knowing this, a friend of mine brought a certain column, “New love interest ushers in fun with a forgotten sex act,” to my attention.

The column is basically about Caitlin Thomas, a student writer for The Nevada Sagebrush, and how she and her new guy are becoming sexually acquainted. Thomas details her encounter with her new beau then continues to discuss how she believes oral sex for women can be quite helpful and important in a sexual relationship.

After reading the article in the University of Nevada-Reno’s student newspaper, my friend looked at me with awe and shock because I didn’t feel it was a big deal to write on such a topic. The girl obviously has a Carrie Bradshaw complex and is simply writing what she wants to write. There really is no rhyme or reason to why someone talks about sex. It’s just in the nature of being human.

I went home with the article and showed it to my roommate, as well, only to find out that she had already read it and discussed it in detail with several other students on campus. The article is actually being used in a class as a topic of discussion. My roommate explained that her class talked about how different areas of the country address modesty or the lack of it.

The word inappropriate was tossed around for a bit, and I got to thinking: what is inappropriate for a college paper?
I will admit that I didn’t really approve of the way Thomas spoke about this particular topic. She was semi-vulgar, but at the same time she is from an entirely different area of the country.

Who’s to say that she’s the only one talking about sex this way?
In the history of The Tech Talk, I don’t believe we have ever had a sex columnist, but why not? More than half of the students on campus are sexually active in some way. So why not talk about it?

Being in this section of the Bible Belt can make our campus seem really conservative and Christian, but the truth is that there is a large percentage of students who don’t hold these same hush-hush values.

I can’t walk across campus without hearing the words “dick” and “boobs.” Even my doctor warns me regularly that Tech has one of the worst sexually transmitted disease problems.

So what exactly is inappropriate about publishing a topic that everyone is talking about?

Should we as columnists continue to keep our silence or give readers a chance to read up on something they think and/or discuss every day? Where are we supposed to draw the line?

Personally, I?believe if it’s important, it needs to be talked about. We can’t continue to hide who we are behind a cloak of conservative ideals. If sex is the topic, be ready to hear about it.

Danielle Cintron is a junior journalism and English major from LaPlace who serves as managing and online editor for The Tech Talk. E-mail comments to dnc005@latech.edu.