Queer Queries

 

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Kenyon Confessions is teeming with unanswered questions about queer life. We queer beans on the Thrill staff (and a few guests) have taken it upon ourselves to answer your questions about queer life at Kenyon! Queer Queries @ Quenyon will regularly feature a new queer-identifying Kenyon student who will offer their perspective about questions you submit to the Thrill (via thekenyonthrill@gmail.com) or post on Kenyon Confessions.

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Kenyon Confession: Your Anonymity is Problematic

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane. In my personal experience at Kenyon, anonymity, and I mean true, prevalent, lasting anonymity, got its footing in the comment section of The Thrill. This was a place where you could post almost whatever you wanted, and it would be seen, heard, and engaged with. It started as harmless. It’s perfectly within anyone’s right to say they don’t think one of our posts is funny, or that we’re not good writers. But I’ve watched these comments turn into repeated sexual harassment, to unfounded accusations against other students, groups, professors, and departments.

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Q&A with Saxon Justice ’17, Inadvertent Kenyon Confessions Celebrity

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Back in April, this unusually apt Kenyon Confessions poster finally articulated what has been on (perhaps) everyone’s minds since the page’s advent in the fall: this kid Saxon Justice gets tagged, pretty much without fail, in every remotely risqué confession by his friends, or one can only assume, frenemies. Who is this immaculately named Mr. Justice, and why do his friends keep embarrassing him on social media? I sent him a message to him to see if he’d be down to answer some questions as a “semi-campus celebrity,” and though he clarified, “by no means would I qualify myself as that by the harassment I suffer via Kenyon confessions,” he was happy to oblige.  Continue reading

10 o’clock list: The Thrill’s Lows

It was truly an end of an era.

It was truly the end of an era.

As my eighth grade heroine Hannah Montana once said, “Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days.” We at The Thrill understand this. As our commenters love to point out, we have a lot of those days. Here are some particular days where we at The Thrill have groaned and hung our heads in shame. Read on and revel in our grief, dear readers.

1. That Time We Got Shut Down. Though it turned out to be a misunderstanding, on April 21, 2014, we received word from WordPress that the blog had been shut down. We were convinced that our completely normal and legitimate 4/20 content had been the demise of the blog, which would be a pretty smokin’ way to go (pun totally intended). But, beating the U.S. government, our shutdown lasted less than a day and we were soon back and as mediocre as ever.

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Irrational Kenyon Phobias

OH DEAR LORD WHY via Wikimedia commons

OH DEAR LORD WHY
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Kenyon is a fantastic place, but we’d be lying if we didn’t admit that it messes with our heads every once in a while. Here are some common phobias experienced by Kenyon students, and why those fears are irrational.

Gatapsygeiophobia – The fear of opening the mini-fridge in your dorm room to find it swarming with live feral cats. This is, of course, irrational, as cats do not have opposable thumbs; even BamBam’s polydactyl  paws cannot grip the handle to your refrigerator. Also, mini-fridges are just that: mini. The likelihood that more than two cats could fit in a mini-fridge at one time is close to nil.

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Our Moms’ Confessions About Kenyon Confessions

He wants to do what with her butt? (via parentingpink.com)

He wants to do what with her butt? (via parentingpink.com)

We all have a lot of thoughts and feelings about Kenyon Confessions. But at the end of the day, we’re the ones submitting them, whether we admit to it or not. But how would those who raised us think of our school’s emotional outlet? The mothers of Thrill writers comment (anonymously, of course!) on their thoughts on Kenyon’s most notorious Facebook page.

  • “Kenyon Confessions seems to bring out the middle schooler in all of you. It’s easy to spot the kids who didn’t get picked for the kickball team in PE, the first kids with braces, you know, that kind of thing. When they get older, both the men and the women will grow a pair.” Continue reading

Comparing Confessions

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But you’re an open book. (Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here until Tuesday.)

Breaking news! Apparently Kenyon is not the only institution of higher learning to air its frustrations on the Internet! Since its inception this fall, Kenyon Confessions has became a fixture on campus, but if you are in need of more reading material that is at times angsty and at times genuinely sweet, check out these confessions pages brought to you by BYU, CU Boulder, Beloit College, and Columbia University.

BYU Secrets: I was very excited to discover that BYU has a confessions page, I mean all those young Mormons, grouped in one place, without alcohol or sex, there must be some serious truth bombs bottled up.

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