Let’s talk about sex: student-run magazine to open conversation on taboo topics

Erica Goldish, Staff Reporter

Harleigh Shaw, Paloma Pinto and Julia Daniel are going to change how you think about sex. The sophomores are starting a new online magazine, PeachWave, for students to write opinion pieces on topics such as sexual orientation, body insecurities and sexual health. The online magazine will also feature articles related to general health, art and music. 

“Not everyone is comfortable with talking about sex, but we see it everywhere and everyday,” Shaw said. “So acknowledging that it isn’t so scary and also that there are serious aspects of it is something we definitely want to try and talk about.”

The magazine’s creators have already received interest from students and plan on posting new articles, poems and other pieces by Nov. 11.

They hope to start with reaching the Tulane demographic and educating them on sexual consent and sexual health, issues that often have a stigma around them, especially on campus. 

“A main facet of the website is going to be a place where if someone is questioning something about their body or sexuality they can come to our site,” Shaw said.

The creators want the magazine to create a safe space for people to express their opinions and to recognize others who may be going through the same experiences that they are. For those facing unique situations, the site presents a platform for expression. 

The sophomores also plan on eventually expanding to the surrounding New Orleans area and hope to have a national presence in order to allow everyone a place to gain important information. The publication’s name originated from a character in the 2002 movie “Ken Park” named Peaches. The motivation behind PeachWave was an interest in art books and magazines, as well as the creation of a forum where people are free to talk about whatever was bothering them, or whatever they might be curious about, according to Shaw. 

“If someone questions their body insecurities, they can find other people with the same problems on PeachWave,” Shaw said.  

PeachWave is in many ways an educational tool for our generation. With a prevalence of body image issues, questions about sex and other doubts or problems that are dealt with, having PeachWave as an outlet and as a resource for information will benefit the student community. The more people that can learn, the better.

The website is up now, and the official launch will be on Nov. 11. For any questions or interest in submitting a piece for the site, inquiries can be sent to p[email protected].

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