Just How Scandalous Is “Sex in College Park”?

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Photo by Kelsey Hughes via the Diamondback
Photo by Kelsey Hughes via the Diamondback

Poor college students — everyone’s always up in their business. All the University of Maryland wanted to do was publish a sex-themed issue, and the next thing you know people are all upset about “racy pictures featuring apparent students engaged in sexually suggestive behavior.” College students acting in vaguely sexual ways! Gasp!

Here’s a link to the photos in question, but I’ll spare you the click-through; the images–apparently composed to go along with the “Sex in College Park” theme–are neither all that sexy nor particularly artistic. There are some condoms, some tangled limbs, a girl with manicured nails yanking on a man’s tie in classic 50 Shades of Gray style. Yawn.

While other college sex columnists have caused quite a stir, The U of M’s Diamondback received relatively little pushback for its sex issue, which also included stories about safe sex and the best on-campus hookup spots. The Blaze tried to whip up a bit of indignation, but even they couldn’t get too upset. With everything else that’s available online these days, a college newspaper would have to do a lot to shock people–and maybe it’s a good thing that they’re not pushing that envelope.



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