There are many girls out there for whom a one-night stand is an unthinkable thing. Sex with someone you’ve only just met? No thanks. Getting down and dirty with someone you barely know? No way.
Now, I will freely admit that I have had a few one-night stands. And to clarify: my definition of a ONS is having sex with someone you hadn’t met before that day and most probably won’t see again. I’m not proud of it, but neither am I ashamed. For those of us who don’t attach emotions to sex, and who can go into the act with open eyes and a knowledge that it will be a purely physical encounter, one-night stands are hardly taboo. But there are many out there who would never consider doing at, and judge those who do.
I’m well aware that a large number of people, both men and women, would have a whole host of adjectives to hand when it comes to describing me and my fellow one-night standers. ‘Slut’, ‘easy’ and ‘just asking for an STI’ are a few choice phrases that come to mind. Put the shoe on the other foot, and we could come back with ‘frigid’, ‘prude’ and ‘delusional’. Tomato tomahto… Sex and how we approach it, as with most things, is a personal preference.
We live in an era where sexual liberation and equality are becoming more and more prevalent. Free contraception is on offer to make recreational sex a safe and enjoyable thing. So why do people still have a problem with one-night stands? Is it the fact that we’re more open about it? If it’s OK for guys to do it and talk about it, shouldn’t that be the same for girls? Does sleeping with someone you’ve never met before make you a morally corrupt person?
Clearly there are different grades of sexual expression going on around us. If you think of it as a scale with those who are saving themselves for marriage at the bottom and those who make one-night stands a weekly occurrence at the top, most people will find themselves in the vast grey area in between. Just as a dogmatic Catholic might look at my behaviour with horror, I can be equally shocked by someone who sleeps with a different person every week. Like I said, personal preferences…
So, you could say that the taboo of the one-night stand is purely relative. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although I will say that some are more extreme than others. Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with the occasional (read: once or twice a year) one-nighter, so long as safe sex is practised and both people involved are fully aware that it will only ever be just that: a one-nighter (there are plenty more caveats such as make sure he’s not married/has a girlfriend and don’t do it if you’re a fragile kind of person but then we’d be here all day). It’s my body, my life, my decision. I am also of the opinion that sleeping with someone you know and trust and care about is generally a lot better than with someone you only know by their first name. But that’s not to say that a night of no-holds-barred sex can’t be just as physically fulfilling. After all, sex is enjoyable (at least, most of the time) and can be great and leave you with an incredible glow and a feeling of physical satisfaction, so why should people in relationships have all the fun?