In January 2018, the very first PillowTalk ran in The Lumberjack.
I remember being a writer sitting in the conference room when a fellow writer, the unforgettable Liz Wendler, pitched the idea of bringing a new sex column to NAU. It wasn’t until a semester later, when Liz became editor and I her assistant, that we were able to bring what is now called PillowTalk to the paper.
Now, at the end of my senior year, I have sat down to write this column for the last time.
I have treated this column like my baby for the past year and while I have come to the point in my life where I have to leave it behind, I am so proud of all that it has become and all that it has the potential to be.
In my introduction to PillowTalk, I wrote, “Our goal is to provide a place for our readers to explore these topics in a way that is not boring or condescending.”
I feel like we have accomplished that goal.
We have addressed so many topics since the start-up of this column, ranging from bi-phobia, to STDs, to faking orgasms, to birth control and even more. I hope through reading the sex column people have realized how important it is to talk about these topics. The minute we stop viewing them as taboo, we will be able to learn so much more about sex, sexuality, sexual health and ourselves.
I want to thank The Lumberjack for even trusting us enough to start this thing to begin with. The Opinion-Editorial section is a place for writers to speak their mind and articulate their own opinions, but issues revolving around sex rarely fit into that. I mean, not many writers want to write about sex if everyone else finds it so uncomfortable to talk about.
Those fears went out the door when PillowTalk came in.
Now there is a place where people can learn about sex, comfortably. You can sit down and read the sex column and realize that other people are facing some of the same struggles in terms of relationships, sexuality and knowledge about their own sexual health.
Sex and sexuality is a huge part of life, and I’m so happy that The Lumberjack now has a place to talk about it.
So, with that being said, I can’t wait to see where PillowTalk goes from here, and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of it.