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Influentials 2021

Influentials 2021

December 10, 2021

Josephine Lieberman: I believe the best way to address fear, hatred, and lack of understanding towards progress in sex and body positivity is by showing female and LGBTQ pleasure and sexuality through the medium of art as a way to normalize otherwise taboo topics and give people the opportunity to have open conversations about such things. (Photo by Josephine Lieberman)

Aneesa Julmice’s colorful surrealist world of food, fashion and feminism

By Elle Liu, Contributing Writer December 10, 2021

Aneesa Julmice stands inside a dimly-lit art gallery on the Lower East Side. Her hair is slicked back in an updo and her graphic blue eyeliner matches her blue dress. She smiles for a photo. Vibrant images...

Julian Hammond Santander: Thinking about capturing sexuality with Ian, it’s very important to focus on the power of selectiveness in showing. The idea that you’re only seeing as much as Ian—or I—want you to. Maybe it’s half a snarling mouth or the faint line down his abdomen, the outline of a face or an exposed chest presented proudly with pout. (Staff Photo by Julian Hammond Santander)

Ian Partman on revolution, abolition and activist scholarship

By Kevin Kurian, Opinion Editor December 10, 2021

Ian Partman strode into the headquarters of WSN, his steps imbued with purpose. The first thing I noticed when I saw him wasn’t the headphones dangling around his neck or the shock of blond hair that...

When asked how he approached photographing the sex educator, Jason Turner explained, When I think of sex, I still think of love. I suppose these pictures show that side of it all. (Photo by Jason Turner)

Tara Jones: sex educator and advocate

By Rachel Mashambanhaka, Contributing Writer December 10, 2021

When I first sat down with Tara Jones in Jurow Lecture Hall, my mind was racing with all the questions I wanted to ask. She was “the Sex Educator,” according to her Instagram. I could not stomach coming...

NYUs Sexpert, Alyssa LaFosse, is a trained resource for students to consult about their sexual health. (Photo by Aleksandra Goldberg)

Alyssa LaFosse says it’s okay to talk about sex

By Aleksandra Goldberg, Contributing Writer December 10, 2021

Behind the bright, clean doors of NYU’s Student Health Center primary care waiting area sits a small, cozy room — the office of resident HIV counselor and Sexpert, Alyssa LaFosse. The first thing you...

Shirene Anand: Victoria’s comfort in this shoot was what made this such a success. The props — stickers and a tangerine — helped hone the entire shoot and highlight theme as well. (Photo by Shirene Anand)

Victoria Abraham on fat liberation and authenticity

By Lorraine Olaya, Copy Chief December 10, 2021

Victoria Abraham seems like a typical NYU senior, working toward finishing her public policy degree and thinking about what she might do after graduation. With her down-to-earth and raw personality, Abraham...

Tommy Tran: I was inspired by the concept of divine femininity where a feminine figure can just be themselves — they don’t have to fit into the narrative that men have painted them to be. (Photo by Tommy Tran)

Victoria Husain on leaning into pleasure: sex, nature and community

By Jules Roscoe, Contributing Writer December 10, 2021

"I hope we're not in someone's backyard."  Victoria Husain and I are standing on a stone path in a community garden one block east of Tompkins Square Park. We had been walking around the city for about...

Fringe Fall 2021

Fringe Fall 2021

November 24, 2021

(Staff Photo by Brooke Nguyen)

Party stories that we’re legally allowed to talk about

November 24, 2021

Dylan Campana  I was a senior in high school, going to a party on a Friday night in the Lower East Side. The basement was packed, the music was blasting and the crowd was denser than a rush hour subway...

(Staff Photo by Taylor Knight)

The Factory, revived

By Ashley Wu, Editor in Chief November 24, 2021

When I was 17, I saw Nan Goldin’s “Ballad of Sexual Dependency” at the Museum of Modern Art. Goldin’s photographs flashed across the screen as the pastoral chords of “I’ll Be Your Mirror”...

(Staff Photo by Julian Hammond Santander)

Gallatin prof Julian Cornell on ’70s and ’80s punk, feuding with rockers, depressive aesthetics

By Joey Hung, Beauty & Style Editor November 24, 2021

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  I was born in 1966, so the first time I ever went to a club I was 13 — that would have been ’79. I was familiar with this club because I...

The Decker Building at 33 Union Square West served as the Factorys location from 1968 to 1973. (Staff Photo by Manasa Gudavalli)

The parties, drugs and porn of 33 Union Square West

By Sabrina Choudhary, Culture Editor November 24, 2021

I know Andy Warhol from his pop art of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup, which I saw at The Whitney Museum of American Art as a first-year. According to my unbearable class readings (@Fredric Jameson),...