Mark J. Walters, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies
Barbara O'Reilley Martinez Coordinator of Neighborhood News Bureau in Journalism and Media Studies
Raymond 0. Arsenault, Ph.D. Professor of History
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
You could call it college's first sexual taboo in print. You could call it the formula for revolutionizing the way you look at yourself and your sex life. You could call it the most controversial advice you'll probably ever get from a column in a college newspaper. Since the first college sex advice column debuted in 1997 in The Daily Californian, the University of California-Berkeley student newspaper, sex columns have proliferated and spread to college newspapers across the country. New York University, Yale University, Boston College, Oregon State University and even the University of South Florida in Tampa are among the higher education institutes whose student newspapers have printed sex columns in recent years. Some journalists have attributed the trend to the popularity of HBO's "Sex in the City," a show whose main character, Carrie Bradshaw, makes her living as a sex advice columnist (Hoover, Marklein). They might draw this connection because of the fact that most sex columnists who write for college newspapers are young women.
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