DINH: Tell me something I don’t know

April 20, 2012
According to Stanford professor Blakey Vermeule, the allure of gossip can be explained in two ways. First, the idea of credit and trust creates an incentive to collect information about people. Second, hearing about the trials of others allows us to live vicariously through dangerous and risky situations without experiencing any actual harm. These two »

DINH: Gender norms corroding

March 22, 2012
Indie singer and actress Zooey Deschanel once tweeted, “I wish everyone looked like a kitten,” and she writes a DIY art-and-crafts blog for women. In an interview with Allure magazine earlier this year, she defended her seemingly frivolous and decidedly girly style. Regardless of whether Deschanel is a disgrace to womankind, she says — rightly »

New startup joins social media world

February 23, 2012
Internet startup founder Scott Johnston ’82 spoke about his new website and the role of social media in modern relationships at a Wednesday master’s tea. Johnston, co-founder and vice chairman of internet startup Wayin — a website founded in 2010 that encourages users to post photos with polls in the hopes of generating discussion — »

Dating should be revived, doctor orders

February 14, 2012
“Dating doctor” Kerry Cronin encouraged students to turn to dating — rather than hookups — as a source of intimacy and fulfillment at a Monday talk in St. Thomas More Chapel. Cronin, a professor of philosophy at Boston College and widely known there as the “dating doctor,” outlined problems with the prevalent college hookup culture »

Panel addresses BDSM myths

February 9, 2012
Three panelists convened on Wednesday to dispel what they deemed myths surrounding a controversial sexual practice known as bondage and domination, sadism and masochism (BDSM). Roughly 40 people filled a room in Linsly-Chittenden Hall to hear clinical sexologist Charley Ferrer and two representatives of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Judy Guerin and Richard Cunningham, »