The first time I formally learned about consent was in grad school. What about to kiss? I remember feeling like the whole thing was rather juvenile. I mean, was I really supposed to tell college students that they needed to get permission for any physical contact?
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Most people who aren't citizens of the Islamic State or followers of some frigid Christian group will answer with an emphatic, "Hell, yeah. Well, enjoy it while you can, folks. Because like everything else pleasurable in the 21st century—smoking in a bar, complimenting a lady on her looks, drinking a bucket-size Coke—drunken sex is under attack from that new caste of killjoys who wouldn't recognize fun if it offered to buy them a drink "unwanted sexual advance". Drunken sex is being demonized, even criminalized; turned from something that can be either wonderful or awkward into, effectively, rape. They warned us for years, "Don't drink and drive.
The first time my friend ever said "I love you" to his girlfriend, he blurted it out during sex. If I could find common steps between all the times I got laid, I'd have a reliable system. I've wondered, mid-thrust: What if I miss and hit a pelvic bone?
There's no question that taking drugs or drinking before you have sex has an effect on the, ahem, activities that follow. Surely this is something you've discussed among friends, but to give your next conversation about the nuances of sex under the influence a bit more weight, teams of researchers from New York University and Johns Hopkins University published two separate studies on the topic in the Archives of Sexual Behavior and Psychopharmacology. The first study in Archives of Sexual Behavior is an in-depth, qualitative study that focuses on the details of how marijuana and alcohol affect sex, and followed the sex lives of 24 participants — 12 men, 12 women, all heterosexual — to glean information. The second from Psychopharmacology focuses on cocaine's effect on sex based on controlled administration of the drug to 12 participants who didn't know whether they were taking the drug or a placebo during the study. Some of the surface findings seem cool and fun — people are more talkative!