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Thursday, November 30, 2023

I am a 43-year-old father of two. My son is a junior at Gainesville High School, and my daughter is a ninth-grader. Both of my children are exceptional students with bright futures, and they both have a strong desire to attend the UF.  While on campus attending sport events and such, they frequently bring home the Alligator to read the latest news on sports, music and campus life.  

I was disappointed, to say the least, in the article in the Avenue written by your Amelia Harnish and Jared Misner titled, “Blowjobs are a boy’s best friend, girls: not so much.” Mostly with Mr. Misner.

The views expressed by Jared Misner about relationships, sex, intimacy and oral sex are extremely warped and sad. If what he wrote paints a picture of what the Student Body at UF embodies and believes, I fear for the next generation of this country. His idea that oral sex has “evolved to fit the idea of a handshake more than an act of intimacy,”  has “become a casual, name-not-necessary greeting among strangers in a bar and drunken friends alike,” is disturbing and frankly disgusting. I’ve had my share of drunken debauchery, but allowing myself to be “serviced” by anyone in a bathroom, a pool, a bar, etc., as Mr. Misner alludes to, leaves me to believe he is void of any sense of morality and decency.  His comment that “the casual nature of oral sex is gaining general acceptance across all societal and gender lines” is preposterous.  Have UF students become a bunch of self-gratifying sexual misfits?

The last thing I want to see is my children reading some misguided writings from some college “man whore,” for lack of a better word, who is going around Gainesville letting any Tom, Dick or Harry give him oral sex just because he needs it and it feels good. I would have hoped after the negative repercussions the Alligator received for the Haiti SexToon that the writers and staff would have better judgment in what is put into print. 

I hope UF students don’t fall prey to the depravity of Jared Misner. Oral sex can transmit STDs in both men and women, including HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis B. Your newspaper should be publishing articles on how students can protect themselves from being exposed to STDs during their drunken stupors and acts of unprotected sex.  

Again, I’m disappointed in the quality of writers you choose to employ.

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