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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 02/10/2011

Sex on campus: Columnists, events gain popularity

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

Sex has always been a part of college life, but conversations about the three-letter word have become more public on many campuses in the last decade.

Most college newspapers, magazines or blogs have a regular sex columnist, and some campuses have entire publications dedicated to the topic. Many colleges now host "sex weeks" to explore topics like sexual health, LGBT issues, the intersection of love and religion, or the "hook-up culture" on many campuses. (I just received a press release from Biola University, a Christian college in Southern California that will host its very first sex week this month.)

sexandtheuniversity.gifDaniel Reimold, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Tampa, has been following this trend for years and wrote the book, "Sex and the University: Celebrity, Controversy, and a Student Journalism Revolution." As part of his research he read more than 2,000 sex columns written by 120 student journalists at schools of all types and sizes. He also runs the popular student journalism blog College Media Matters.

Dan and I will be online Thursday afternoon to answer questions from readers about sex columnists, college sex weeks, student journalism and any other questions you might have. Please send us your questions!

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By Jenna Johnson  | February 10, 2011; 12:46 PM ET
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Read your metro p 2 campus report. I am one of the parents you refer to, the ones who supposedly "courted" and did not jump into "marriage like relationships" or have "sex at their first or second meetup".

Saying things like that indicates that you really do not know what was going on on campuses in the late 60s and 70s. This sounds like something my mother would say but young people did not discover sex. The era of free love meant that people (mainly women) were claiming the right to have sex without love or a commitment. And yes, we were having sex the first night.

I did not study my parents generation but my mom told me that if any of her girlfriends claimed to be virgins at marriage, they were lying.

My analysis of the column was that technology has changed only the means of finding a partner, not what followed after you found him or her.

Posted by: 50something | February 11, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

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