“It’s always portrayed as something college students do.
And it’s almost always seen in a negative light, as something that harms women.”It was not the first time Vrangalova had wanted to broaden a limited conversation.
And yet, despite her apparent belief in the value of casual sex as a tool of exploration and feminist thinking, Rosin, too, seemed to conclude that casual sex cannot be a meaningful end goal.
“Ultimately, the desire for a deeper human connection always wins out, for both men and women,” she wrote.
A fifth of people said they’d slept with someone whose name they didn’t know.
With the Casual Sex Project, Vrangalova is trying to build a user base of stories that she hopes will, one day, provide the raw data for academic study.
The setup for data collection is standardized, with drop-down menus and rating scales. The home page is a colorful mosaic of squares, color-coded according to the category of sexual experience (blue: “one-night stand”; purple: “group sex”; gray: the mysterious-sounding “first of many”; and so on).
More troubling still, Masters and Johnson sought to “cure” homosexuality, revealing a bias that could easily have colored their findings.