Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Manga Review- Getting Cute With Monster Girls, Centaur No Nayami


Centaur No Nayami is a shoujo manga about a group of girls growing up together and going to highschool. They play sports, have fun with family, babysit and go on school trips. In most ways, they're very typical girls in a very typical slice of life manga. However, the big difference, is they are all monster girls! In this universe human evolution took a sideroad that lead to monster people being the dominant species. Centaurs, Angels, Satyrs, Mermaids and even Serpentines populate this world. Aside form that, it's a lot like our world now. Kids go to school, they do after school activities and deal with life's every day struggles. That includes racism. This series is amazing in a lot of ways (great art, amazing character designs, cute clothes) but one thing that really got my attention was how well thought out the universe was. Racism in this universe has been a long standing problem, with some monster species even enslaving others in the past and justifying it based on physical difference. The characters in the story deal with prejudice on a fairly regular basis and that makes them and their world all the more real.

The story also deals with some less heavy hitting issues, like body image, family pressure and making new friends. The other thing that I simply can't not mention is the art. I have never seen monster girls so well thoguht out. Everything from modified school uniforms for different species to dealing with how a centaur goes to the bathroom, all extremely well done. It really makes the world more believable, and the anatomy, even when it's outlandish, all seems to make perfect sense and it's clear a lot of time and thought went into it.
The series isn't yet completed but there are a lot of volumes out in stores and available online. If you like monster girls, slice of life stories or just shoujo manga in general, I highly recommend this series. 
Read it HERE

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I now write a sex and relationship column!

Ask a Semi-Professional Pervert: An Introduction

My name is Dakota Eye and I am a semi professional pervert. I am also a full time undergrad here at SBU. I am an art major, but I am rarely asked about my art, what types of paint to buy or which type of paper is best for screen printing. Instead, I have become known as something of an expert on all things sex.

On a regular basis I am asked about what brand of condoms are vegan, what lube is best for for silicone toys and how a person can come out as polyamorous. As the vice president of SBU The Next Generation, the campus club that specializes in alternative sex, sexuality and sex education, I lead discussions on all sorts of sexual topics. I have also talked about female sexuality and slut walks at Suffolk County Community College Women’s Week. I have been an active member of the BDSM and LGBTA communities for a number of years. For many students and even faculty, I have become someone to turn to to talk to SBU students about sex, to provide them with information and some entertainment and promote the idea that sex can be fun and easy to talk about. So I offer myself up for questions.

Have a sex or relationship question? Email me at semiproperv@gmail.com or ask questions via Twitter by tweeting @semiproperv, and I’ll answer some in my next column, right here in The Stony Brook Press.

And in the meantime, remember that the school can help as well. Here is a list of very useful numbers-
•  Medical Clinic: 632-6740
•  GYN Clinic: 632-6740
•  Social Worker: 632-6740
•  Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 632-6720
•  University Police: 632-3333