The 5 Questions We Ask Everyone: Sex Columnist, Lena Chen

lena-chen.jpgIf it’s one thing we’ve learned here at CC, it’s that all people are fascinating (Yes, even your econ professor). Let’s face it – people love to glimpse into the lives of other people. Disagree? Then please explain why you’re currently looking at your friend’s brother’s girlfriend’s cousin’s photos on Facebook. Or reading about the latest Amy Winehouse dramz in this weeks’ tabloids. Yeah we thought so.

Fact is we connect to others by learning about them. And everyone has something to share (even if it is a story about that time they fell down the stairs in the middle of lecture).

So to give you yet another reason to procrastinate, we started ‘The Five Questions We Ask Everyone’ (plus five for that special someone) because we know whether we’re schmoozing with an A- list celeb or your local bartender, you’ll be equally entertained.

Lena is the author of, a blog about sex and dating at Harvard University. She started blogging back in 2006, sparking immediate controversy on campus and off. Lena received lots of attention for her saucy ways and has since been featured as a commentator on college sexuality in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Salon, and Playboy Radio. She currently blogs at 

1.      What is your most hysterical/ridiculous college memory or the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

A tie between dating my former teaching assistant and my psycho ex posting naked photos of me online. I swear I don’t try to be a cliche; my life just turns out that way.

2.      Five things you can’t live without

Wifi, sushi, my boyfriend’s bulldog, eight hours of sleep a night, and the spotlight.

3.      What’s your motto/advice you live by?

Never put off until tomorrow who you can do today. In other words, it’s okay to f**k on the first date. The first (and only) time I did this, I moved in with the guy six months later.

4.      Your favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car/for karaoke?

“You Give Love A Bad Name,” Bon Jovi

5.      Ten years from now you will be….

Hiding out from Google under an assumed name.

6. Why did you start writing Sex and the Ivy?

Because I didn’t think anyone would actually read it. In retrospect, that was a really stupid assumption.

7. What is the craziest sex experience you have ever had?

Losing a condom inside myself for 48 hours.

8. What are some lessons you have learned as you’ve worked on this blog?

That I shouldn’t publicly own up to things like losing a condom inside myself for 48 hours.

9. What is next for you?

Best case scenario: writing a memoir. Worst case scenario: writing my own Wikipedia entry.

10. Best piece of sex advice for the CollegeCandy readers?

Anyone who claims they’re qualified to give sex advice probably isn’t. But if you’re listening anyway: get vaccinated for HPV.



  1. Sarah says:

    This was hilarious. I already read "Sex and the Ivy," and these answers were priceless. I love her best and worst case scenarios for "what's next."

  2. Audrey says:

    Her answers are hilarious. She sounds like a really cool chick.

  3. K says:

    this was great!

  4. Lily says:

    Lena Chen kicks serious ass. :)

  5. SAM says:

    The first and ONLY time she did this?!?!?!?!? (Fuck on the first date) HA!!!!!!!!!!!! I met Lena via facebook while I was a student at UPENN. She came to Philly to visit some UPENN friends. We met for coffee. That turned into dinner. I had two fingers third-knuckle deep in her pussy on the cab ride home. We got to my place and we were fucking 10 minutes later- the first of three times that night before she, "had to get back to her friends before they started worrying about her" (by this time it was close to 4am). Later, she claimed I posted pictures of us having sex on the internet, not at all the case. How full of shit can you be all at once?

  6. Trey says:

    Really, Sam, you didn't post these pics of Lena?

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