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College years are rife with decisions and transitions. As the threshold of adulthood looms, we begin the process of defining ourselves, of discovering what kind of person we want to become.

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By Yours Truly (The Cascade) – Email

Print Edition: January 7, 2015

Have a relationship complication? Write in for advice from sexpert Yours Truly.  (Image: Tony Stairs / Flcikr)

Have a relationship complication? Write in for advice from sexpert Yours Truly. (Image: Tony Stairs / Flcikr)

College years are rife with decisions and transitions. As the threshold of adulthood looms, we begin the process of defining ourselves, of discovering what kind of person we want to become. This is tested within our relationships and, inevitably, questions arise.

How do we navigate the so-called hookup culture of dating? How to distance ourselves from our parents in a positive way? What does it mean to have a healthy sex life? How to relate to bosses, ex-lovers, future in-laws, co-workers, or that super hot guy in your English 105 class?

In the age of the Cosmo quiz, overly generalized and under-researched advice is all too easy to come by. This advice leans a little too heavily on stereotypes, gender roles, and eye-catching headlines.

This is where The Cascade can help. Our new column, “Peer Pleasure,” offers anonymous and dependable advice on everything to do with your personal relationships. Let’s talk about relationships. Let’s talk about sex.

Advice will come from a mixture of worldly personal experience from readers as well as sex-positive and reliable research conducted by Yours Truly.

Send in your questions, scenarios, or responses to peerpleasure@ufvcascade.ca

Next week with Yours Truly:

I just broke up with my girlfriend after two years of dating. We were friends for a while before we started dating and I’ve known her family for a long time. The breakup was a mutual thing, but now I’m not sure how to deal with her family. I have a bunch of them on Facebook and before the break-up would hang out with her siblings regularly. I haven’t spoken to any of them in a month. Should just leave it or if I should try and talk to them? Do I unfriend them on Facebook? What’s the protocol here?

-FR

Did you have a similar experience you’d like to share? Want to contribute with your own advice? Feel free to write in with your own say and be published alongside my advice in the next issue of The Cascade.

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