College Students Get Super Real About Sex In New York Mag's New Profile

by Eitan Levine

It appears the fight for sexual freedom has largely been won on college campuses.

What was once a taboo subject -- rarely even talked about without the air in the room getting tense -- is now so commonly spoken about on college campuses, schools preaching an atmosphere where sexual activity is only talked about behind closed doors in hushed tones are looked upon as the “weird” ones.

The landscape of sex on campus has changed significantly from societal progress alone.

Add in the advents of sex apps and dating websites to already explorative environments, and it's painfully obvious the experiences college students have on campus nowadays are unrivaled, more straightforward and less complicated than ones any other generation in history experienced.

In a world full of people recently becoming OK with whatever sexual identities they embody, college campuses are veritable 25/8 adult candy shops.

But with this freedom comes a new -- or maybe just previously unspoken about -- set of issues; sexual assault on campus has become a public problem many colleges are starting to face.

New York magazine sums it up like this:

College sex as both playland and minefield.

Recently, New York magazine equipped 10 college students from around the country with cameras and asked them to document the sex culture on their individual campuses.

The results were raw and almost painfully unedited looks at the world college students live in today.

Henry from Tulane University shared,

Tulane is a hyperheterosexual campus. Last year, I was definitely struggling. Just feeling like I'm missing out on that aspect of college, where I'm, like, having the best sex of my life or whatever. But I'm here practically for free, so I made do. My girlfriends are the way for me. And as far as dating on campus, are there gay men? No.

For Bard's Addison and Sarah, labels and the definition of their relationship aren't things they want whatever they have going on to be bogged down by.

Addison said,

My relationship with Sarah… it's casual. I'd say it's more like a pretty close friendship than an actual relationship. We hooked up one night after a drag ball on campus. I was still in the remnants of my drag makeup.

NYU students Tyler and Sea have probably the most Millennial reason for getting into BDSM, citing watching a documentary on Hulu as their reason for wanting to explore the dominatrix culture.

Ethan is an example of someone recognizing the potential opportunity in front of him, admitting to breaking up with his girlfriend to “fully experience college” at Bard.

But what happens when you get burned out from the world? What happens if you're a college student who just wants to go to college without taking a masterclass in sexual exploration and mind games associated with the culture?

Nina, who is a SCAD student, is one of those people. She told New York magazine,

Once I hooked up with this boy. It was on a whim. I was kind of drunk. We went back to his dorm room, because his roommate was gone. We f*cked, and then I didn't really think anything of it. I wasn't the type to be like, 'Now we're dating!' I didn't give a f*ck. But later I saw him hanging out with all his friends, and I waved to him, and he just stared at me and turned to his friends and went, 'Who is that?'

Then there is Indiana University's Caroline.

Have colleges reached critical mass when it comes to sexual freedom on campuses? Or is there still ground to cover in letting everyone explore what floats his or her personal boats? Read more of the in-depth profile in New York magazine.

Citations: Heirs to the Sexual Revolution (New York Magazine)