Why Making Love on The First Date is Right (or Wrong)

Date: 08-09-2014 11:47 am (7 years ago) | Author: Bayo Nelson
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We used to think that falling into bed with someone too soon would disqualify you from being considered girlfriend material. But welcome to 2014, when the world is a lot less sexist than it used to be.

"In this day and age, more people recognize sex as an important component of a successful relationship, not something to be ashamed of," says Adam Adegbeshin, PhD, a social psychologist at Harvard who studies relationships and segxwality. "For those people, it's important to establish segxwal compatibility early on, and having sex on the first date may be the right move for them."

Ultimately, getting nekkid with some dude you've known for only 2.5 hours may not be your thing, and that's fine too. The point is that hard-and-fast dating rules (like "No sex till date three") and old-fashioned expressions like the vile "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?" are antiquated and harmful—they produce all this unnecessary anxiety and shame about something normal and natural: dating and sex.
You go on a date. It's fun. You hook up…and then he loses interest. Why did this happen? Who knows: Maybe he's too picky, maybe he doesn't feel a spark, maybe he's commitmentphobic, or maybe he's just a game-playing douche.
There is one variable, however, that almost never feeds into the equation: whether you "gave it up" too soon. It's a misconception that is held by millions but the truth is, most guys just don't think like that (67 percent of guys polled say they absolutely don't). Men are simple creatures. In the history of planet Earth, no guy has ever said, "She's awesome. She's intelligent. She's sexy, and she's into Game of Thrones. There's only one problem.…We hooked up on the first date."

"If the moment feels right, and there's chemistry, why not sleep together?" says my friend Hassan, a designer, who has the guts to say what most guys really think. When he was 27 and living in Lagos, a female bartender thought he was cute and asked him out. On their first date, they slammed  shots, danced to Psquare, hailed a cab, made out in the back seat, and then stumbled into her apartment to do what single people do. Did Hassan think that she wasn't girlfriend material? The question strikes him as ridiculous. "After a first date hookup, all I think about is whether I like her, whether she's smart and funny, and if I want to see her again." He did. They dated exclusively for a few months, and no, while it didn't end in a wedding (most relationships don't), their breakup had nothing to do with the boozy romp.
If there's chemistry, there's chemistry, and from the guy's perspective, it doesn't really matter if we hook up on date one or date seven.  Men are unfazed by first-date booty.
Let's look at Exhibit B. A few years ago, Kunle from Port Harcourt  (then 36 and an exec at a chocolate company) visited some friends in Ibadan. He hit it off with a woman named Rita, who decided to seduce him. "I just wanted to get laid," Rita told me, laughing. "I had bought a new N75,000 bed, and I wanted to break it in."

The conventional wisdom would say that Rita made a mistake. Acted too aggressively. Misplayed the game. The almighty judges who make The Rules would be shocked—shocked!—to learn that when the back of Rita's dress tore open, she turned to Kunle and said, "Well, I guess you're going to have to keep your hand on my ass all night." Phil told the conventional wisdom to go to hell. "It wasn't a red flag. It was super hot and sexy.And then, the next morning, it was so much more intimate. We got to know each other, and we found that we had so much in common." They broke every rule. They christened Rita's bed, spent the weekend together, held hands at the coffee shop, and when Tunde returned home to Port Harcourt, "It felt magical, like we were already boyfriend and girlfriend."

How about Kunle's buddies? Did they snicker, disapprove, and warn that she's only booty-call material? That's not how we operate. "My friends just told me, 'You lucky devil!" Kunle e-mailed Rita to say that if she came to visit, he would make her an elaborate  dinner of confirm Port harcourt soup . She went to Port Harcourt, he cooked, and they started dating long-distance.

Okay. It's time for a key clarification. I'm not saying that you should hook up on the first date. I'm not arguing that it will boost your odds of finding love. That logic is nutty, and I have no idea if it makes sense from your perspective. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't, and there are 357 valid reasons to wait, including: If you think the guy's acting sketchy, if you have religious or moral reasons, if he uses the expression YOLO, if you want to ratchet up the delayed gratification, if his texts include ROFL, if he enjoyed Fifty Shades of Grey, if you're a virgin, if you have an STD. ) All I'm saying is that if you want to hook up, we're not going to think less of you. You shouldn't feel guilty. You shouldn't feel ashamed.

(A final disclaimer: This is true for most guys—not every guy. The roots of this double-standard go back to the twisted mind-set that a guy who sleeps around is a stud and a woman who sleeps around is a slut. It's ugly, unfair, and openly sexist. And would you really want to date that kind of hypocrite anyway?)

during research, we found that many women decided to wait for their own reasons. "If you know that sleeping with someone won't bring out your best or will make you needy, it's a good idea to wait," says Toyin, my cowriter on the book. "However, don't wait because you think the guy will lose respect or interest. Wait because of how it will affect you. It's really not about him. Guys who are interested in you will still call and pursue you after they've seen you naked."

Confession time: It's also possible that we won't call after a first-night hookup. This happens. I've had dates where I was only kinda-sorta feeling it, then we drank a round of margaritas, then another round, and soon we're making out and hooking up. (Stay classy, Jeff!) Then the next morning, we're sober. The spark is gone, and date two never happens. The fallacy, though, is thinking that date two would have happened if we had skipped the nooky. That's misidentifying the root cause. If the man and the woman are a match, it doesn't really matter when they hook up. Corollary: If they're not a match, it also doesn't really matter.

As for Kunle and Rita? Eventually he moved to Ibadan to live with her. They traveled to England as a couple, toured the countryside, and even stayed in a stone castle…where he took out a diamond ring and popped the question. She said yes!


Posted: at 8-09-2014 11:47 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
- zeigbo at 8-09-2014 12:01 PM (7 years ago)
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crap

Posted: at 8-09-2014 12:01 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Wysetots at 8-09-2014 12:06 PM (7 years ago)
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Stupid research......People are researching on Ebola Cure.....you're busy talking trash.
Posted: at 8-09-2014 12:06 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Ritabrenice at 8-09-2014 12:55 PM (7 years ago)
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Too long...
Posted: at 8-09-2014 12:55 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Larry28 at 8-09-2014 01:04 PM (7 years ago)
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Passing
Posted: at 8-09-2014 01:04 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Larry28 at 8-09-2014 01:04 PM (7 years ago)
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Passing
Posted: at 8-09-2014 01:04 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- malamy at 8-09-2014 01:05 PM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: Wysetots on  8-09-2014 12:06 PM
Stupid research......People are researching on Ebola Cure.....you're busy talking trash.

ABI?
Posted: at 8-09-2014 01:05 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Ritabrenice at 8-09-2014 01:08 PM (7 years ago)
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D TRASH is just too much...
Posted: at 8-09-2014 01:08 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- morgrawl231 at 8-09-2014 01:14 PM (7 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 8-09-2014 01:14 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- daveobahon at 8-09-2014 01:38 PM (7 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
Posted: at 8-09-2014 01:38 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Sniper101 at 8-09-2014 02:56 PM (7 years ago)
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 Fallacy!!!
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- paulohking at 8-09-2014 03:01 PM (7 years ago)
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Posted: at 8-09-2014 03:01 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- paulohking at 8-09-2014 03:02 PM (7 years ago)
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Posted: at 8-09-2014 03:02 PM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- beneno at 8-09-2014 03:35 PM (7 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
Posted: at 8-09-2014 03:35 PM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- ainnylove at 8-09-2014 04:10 PM (7 years ago)
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 WTF! Na Kunle & rita nt me
Posted: at 8-09-2014 04:10 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- seveneleven at 8-09-2014 04:21 PM (7 years ago)
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i don zip up
Posted: at 8-09-2014 04:21 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- candela at 8-09-2014 04:24 PM (7 years ago)
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Its true. Women should be more confident. Delaying only wastes your time and you get older. If he does not like your sex, he will leave you even if you are married. If he likes it, you can control him.
Posted: at 8-09-2014 04:24 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- mabou at 8-09-2014 05:13 PM (7 years ago)
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Presumptuousness is tied in the heart of a woman. Always trying to know or believing to know what a man thinks of her and thereby failing to do what will be to her best interest. This idea of "I don't want to look cheap" by ladies is erroneous to me, as I always think that no human is cheap when it comes to do with relationship.
  
Posted: at 8-09-2014 05:13 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- christianity at 8-09-2014 05:22 PM (7 years ago)
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poster,get me news,and not craps.
Posted: at 8-09-2014 05:22 PM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- owlwhy at 8-09-2014 05:29 PM (7 years ago)
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Super Crap, what has happened to this World. Single people having sex is Called Fornication
Read my Lips...For-ni-ca-tion
You can find yourself in hell for that.
Posted: at 8-09-2014 05:29 PM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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