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The UT-Austin version of The Vagina Monologues was shown on campus from March 21-23 to shed light on women's issues in a humorous way. Versions of the play have been performed nationally since 1996, with the goal of decreasing the stigma associated with women's issues and empowering women as a result.
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Facebook app helps you 'bang your friends'

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, forget the wooing of chocolates and carnations. A new Facebook application called Bang Your Friends can help you get your point across crystal clear by selecting Down to Bang on your crush’s photo.
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With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, forget the wooing of chocolates and carnations. A new Facebook application called Bang Your Friends can help you get your point across crystal clear by selecting Down to Bang on your crush’s photo.

Thriving on the assurance of anonymity, Bang Your Friends gained 20,000 users in the first four days of its existence, according to an article by The Daily Beast. The application was founded in January.

When you sign up, the application’s simple interface displays a list of your Facebook friends with the button Down to Bang below their photos. Clicking that button does nothing, unless the person you have expressed interest in has also selected Down to Bang for you on his or her own page.

In this manner, you have both mutually deemed each other “bangable” and the awkward possibility of rejection is dissolved.

If Bang Your Friends sounds raunchy, that is because the three unidentified founders have no hesitance in admitting that the application is intended to be forward. One of the founders told The Daily Beast, “We are taking the no bullshit approach [to sex].”

Setting aside contrasting opinions on casual sex, the application provides an interesting topic of conversation regarding communication among people looking to hook up.

Ben Williams, a radio-television-film freshman, said the application adds to the long list of technology that hinders our society’s interaction skills.

“Face-to-face communication is already a secondary means of communicating in our time, unfortunately,” Williams said. “[This application] is just further inhibiting people from socializing in a live environment.”

Journalism sophomore Anderson Boyd said he has few reservations about using the application.

“Sex, casual or otherwise, is an integral part of college and life, and an application for that just serves to facilitate that need,” Boyd said.

Robert Quigley, a journalism senior lecturer who focuses on new media, said that a quick glance around our culture in today’s date − in which we stare at our phones during lunch, concerts, movies and even while driving − supports the idea that it makes perfect sense for technology to extend include to all human behavior.

“[Bang your Friends] is just an online version of something humans have done forever: had secret crushes on each other and, at times, acted on it,” Quigley said. “I don't know whether we can qualify the practice as good or bad for communication. It is just how some are communicating.”

Quigley said the application, however, would not completely eliminate the awkward courtship required after two individuals have established interest in one another, as once the email notification arrives that your “bang” invitation has been reciprocated, you still have to proceed to interact in real life.

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