June 8. 2018. Eplanetnews
Even in 2018, some women still believe that if they have sex on a first date, they’ll automatically be labeled “not marriage material.” (You know the old saying: “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” Yeah, that’s a dumb saying.)
“There is still some holding onto what people might call outdated dating values,” says Lawrence Siegel, a clinical sexologist and sex educator. “Either there is still a stigma, or there is a fear that there is a stigma.”
But while we typically think of the “is it acceptable to have sex on the first date? ” question as exclusive to women, men struggle with this question, too -although in a different way. If a guy has sex on the first date, it’s essentially a signal to the other person that all they care about is sex, even if that’s not necessarily the case. And if it is the case, having sex on the first date can send mixed messages to the other person.
“I’ve been on dates before where I turned down sex on the first date, despite being attracted to the other person, because of the potential repercussions,” “I could tell she was feeling a more emotional connection than I was.”
Luckily, the infamy surrounding sex on the first date is rapidly changing – for both genders. According to a survey conducted by OkCupid, 46 percent of users would consider having sex on the first date. “Today I think we are having much more sex on the first date because of technology, as well as more relaxed attitudes about sex, especially for women,” says sex therapist Dr. Debra Laino.
There are a few reasons why sex on the first date isn’t just not a bad idea, but a really great one.
1) It helps establish whether you have feelings for each other.
More often than not, it takes time to figure out if another person is the right one for you. But every once in a while, you meet someone and you just know.
“I’ve had three, three-year-plus relationships and they all started with sex on the first date,” says Alex, . “The way I look at it is, if you lust after somebody that you don’t know very well, it can still be a damn good start to a longlasting relationship. And I think it takes off a lot of pressure.”
If you really like someone, you shouldn’t let outdated dating rules get in the way of that. “If a guy/girl doesn’t call the guy/girl after a first date that ended with sex, it wasn’t because of the sex,” he says.
2) If you communicate beforehand, it ensures there are no mixed signals or unclear expectations.
That said, let’s say you’re not looking for anything serious, and you’re just looking to get your rocks off. That’s totally fine – provided you make that clear to the other person .
If things are getting hot and heavy, and it starts to look like first-date sex is in the cards, you need to ensure you guys are both on the same page. That can be as simple as saying, “Hey, I’m down with this if you are, but I just want to be clear that I’m not looking for anything serious right now.” You’re not a jerk for being honest, and it can reduce the risk of feeling hurt later on .
3) You get to, uh, have sex.
“If it feels good, right, and there is enthusiastic and very clear consent, it’s kind of hard to find a downside,” Siegel says. If two people are attracted to each other, why fight that or put off pleasure?
1) You might lead the other person on.
If both partners are looking to have fun, hook up, and part ways, then that’s one thing. But if she’s looking for something serious and you’re not (or vice versa), then that’s another story altogether. post-sex expectations can be painful if both gender aren’t on the same page,” says JC.
2) You might do something you’re uncomfortable with, particularly if you’ve been drinking.
There’s a conversational saying which says that all guys are interested in having sex with all women, all the time, but there are many good reasons why you might not want to have sex on a first date – maybe you’re not attracted to the person, or maybe you have a history of unsatisfying one-night stands and you want to reverse the pattern. Whatever the reason, if adrenaline (and alcohol) are flowing, that ups the risk of you doing something you might later regret.
“When you’re in the heat of the moment, you’re trying to figure out your policies, belief system, and what you will and won’t do,” says Siegel. “Figuring all those things in that moment is not an instant calculus. When there is doubt and when you think ,’I’m not going to say NO and ruin the evening or upset my date, but I’m not totally into this,’ it may just end up being, ‘I will give in and bide my time.’ And that’s not consent.”
3) First-date sex can be pretty terrible.
Even if you’re super attracted to the person you’re with, if you don’t know them that well, then the first time you have sex might not be great, simply because you don’t know what they like or don’t like in bed. If this happens, you might be more likely to write the other person off (or have your partner write you off), when in truth, all you guys really needed was more practice.
“If the attraction you have for one another is right and it feels special enough that it doesn’t feel like a first date, then the sex can be terrific,” Joe, 31, says. “If you’re both bombed in a crowded club and nodding even when you can’t hear her, just to keep her happy enough to drop her pants later, then it probably won’t be very good. You probably won’t even remember her name.”
So what’s the ultimate takeaway? It depends – both on your expectations and The key is to remember the importance of honest communication – both with your date and with yourself. If it feels right, and if you’re open and honest about what you’re looking for, then you have no reason to feel regret.