Casual Definitions Of Casual Sex

Found this over at craigslist. Couldn’t have written a better guide to meeting people for hookups there myself, so thought I’d share it. It’s also a long (though worthwhile!) read, so you might want to grab a coffee now.


Casual Definitions Of Casual Sex

Far be of it for me to intrude upon our illicit activities here on CL (I am indulging too, there’s no need to get uptight now, is there?), but after a few crossed wires in my (and all of our) effort to find a warm, willing someone to touch our soft parts, I find a need.

Only us overeducated and neurotic San Franciscans can fuck up something simple as casual sex, and all over definitions. So, as a public service, here follows the definitions of some (some is key here) of the sexual liaisons available to the discerning urbanite:

Sex With No Strings. Pretty simple, and to the point – humping. Lots of it. Usually in one session – thus, no strings. In other words, no expectations of future humping, unless a new relationship is negotiated. SWS means I will not a call you later, I will not meet your parents, and no, you can’t sleep over (in my t-shirt no less). This is the traditional One Night Stand, folks, it just doesn’t have to start in a bar, nor do you need to be drunk.

Guys, there are manners. You do not ejaculate, and instantly ask when the next bus runs outside, a smatter of small talk costs you nothing and might reward you with an upgrade to fuck buddy status. Also, this is one you DO NOT call later, drunk, horny, and confused. This is one that is “use once, throw away”. Unless it’s so good, you have to go back…usually you can decide this 30 seconds after you cum…then it’s upgrade time.

Gals. This is NOT A RELATIONSHIP. STOP telling your girlfriends about the awesome guy you met last night, he’s not calling you again. Yes, he used you. You used him right back. Enjoy the power. These are hook ups you don’t talk about, nor do you take them around to meet your pals for drinks the next day. You hump, they leave. Simple.

Booty Call: This is someone you’ve SWNS’ed, or dated. Maybe you were married. Or she is, and you work together. Or you both are. This is someone you can call anytime, day or night, and chances are, you will get laid. You have one or two of these, right? Everyone does. Anyone who’s dating someone else, and it’s the first year, dreads these. We all know who are they. We have ours.

Guys and Gals – these happen FROM previous relationships. Stop asking for them, you’re putting the horse before the cart. One of the important things here is, A., you know calling them is okay, and vice versa, and B., you know what they’re like in bed, they’re acceptable to you, and there will be no uncomfortable “surprises” at the door if they com over. Slow it down, Speed Racer, and try SWNS first. And finally, these are the super, super secret ones. Nobody ever knows. Ever. If you tell your current girlfriend/boyfriend, you destroy the relationship AND the bootycall.

Fuck Buddy. These are the fun ones, and the most dangerous. It’s about sex – lots of it, and all the time. After work, before work, all weekend, in Tahoe on a ski weekend (fireplace sex is the BEST), and they’re allowed to stay over. Can be ongoing, like a booty call, and will be dusted off between relationships. “Funny, I never met HIM the 3 years we dated? Oh, he’s one of THOSE.” You might even date, go out, show each other off, but once things get personal, you both know it’s time to split up, for now. They’re the one person who won’t get upset if you say “I met someone…” because they did, too.

Guys and gals, warning. These relationships are treacherous. They CAN and do sometimes get real, and the other person rarely agrees it’s time to start sharing the bureau and bathroom. Be open, honest, and make sure you’re BOTH on the same page, and the kingdom is yours.

However, for the meek at heart, beware. These are the relationships where fetishes, fantasies, and pure unadulterated hedonism occurs, and it’s expected. This is the time for her to try drinking the blood from a wound on your lower belly while she jerks you off, because those bloody vampire movies turn her on in a way she’s not ready to deal with. This is the time he’ll be into trying threesomes, or more. Do not be offended if he wants to share you, you are his favorite toy, and it’s a mark of honor that he’s comfy with it. Indulge. But if they rock your polite, vanilla ideas of what sex is a little too hard, be aware you are in far, far over your head, and you need to back off and either date (foolish exercise that it is) or dabble with SWNS, so you can at least escape his/her chamber of horrors.

Yes folks, this is the one where you get your stories. Love them, live them, respect them. You’d both worked hard.

Friends With Benefits. Yes, that one. Okay, some blunt truth. Women tend to abuse this one to try and trap a guy into a relationship, and guys generally confuse this with Fuck Buddy, Booty Call, and Sex With No Strings – and generally all in one night. Guys, these are going to be tough for you, for one reason: the word “freinds”. These relationships have a very good shot of turning into a real relationship. See “When Harry Met Sally”. This is someone you’d probably be dating, anyway, and the only difference is no sex. Adding sex can be tricky, as it moves the relationship into a grey area, of where you’re not sure how you feel.


It’s someone you trust utterly, who can share this intimacy with you without freaking out on you, and it’ll be your shared secret, one that means something. Yes, guys, sex can be meaningful.

This is one where friendship needs to be present first – a strong friendship that can survive the rocky shore of sexual relations. If your friendship is rocky, chaotic, inconstant, and does not have solid communication skills on both sides, mutual trust and respect, it’s just a bad idea to begin with, and it will kill your friendship – one that you generally want to cling to, as they count for far more than fleeting sex.

Of all the women I’ve had offer this to me, very few of them could handle it, and were confusing the intimacy of friendship with something else. Two i accepted, one worked, one did’nt, and horribly. The three I offered it to, I knew could, and it was a warm, enjoyable experience we still smile about and hint at when our SO’s aren’t around. These are good for times of stress or tragedy, for the lean times between relationships, and while they tend to be more about married sex than the wild, unbridled fuck buddies, it’s very, very good – you know each other, it’s that much deeper.

Gals: this is a bad way to find a boyfriend. If he’s already a friend, that means you don’t want to date him, or you’re not sure. Make up your mind before plunging in. If you have any feelings for him, and don’t admit it up front, it won’t go well. Don’t dupe a guy – we hate that. Don’t lie. You cannot ASK for this on CL – they are bred during real friendships that happen outside of your nasty little weekend adventures. (You nasty little girl. Bless you.) Asking for a Friends With Benefits on CL screams one thing to me; someone who cannot be honest about what they’re looking for, and is using his/her sexuality, or the lure of it, to bypass the hard work of actually meeting someone, getting to know them, and actually relating to them on various levels. You belong in Casual Encounters, but you need to get real – what you need and all you can handle is a SWNS or a fuck buddy, stop trying to trick people with the lure of sex.

Guys: This is trouble for you, for that “friend” word. Yes, it means you have to be a friend, and all that implies. That means she CAN in fact call you when she’s weepy, and you have to listen. That means you’re NICE to her, and do nice things for her. It may have even occurred to her that you really like her, which is why you’re friends with her. This is one you introduce to your family, if they don’t know her and adore her already, but as just friends – they’ll understand later if that changes. It also means that you won’t be having sex all the time – you’re friends, remember? That means doing things with her, like going to the store with her, getting her medicine and soup when she’s sick, driving her when her car is in the shop…you know the drill. if any of this irks you, you’re not being honest about her, and you need to figure out what you’re doing, or negotiate for a different status.

So, that’s all for now. Please post with care, about what you want and are looking for, chances are there’s plenty of someones to fill your every – and I mean every – need, here in the wilds of CL. But be honest, and get your terms rights. If you want a boyfriend, post in WSM, not casual encounters talking about friends with benefits. Don’t agree to a night of SWNS sex and old black and white films, and then start acting like a girlfriend later, and demanding attention. It’s a waste of time, and that’s time you could be humping.

Hope this helps! Feel free to rebutt, reject, or rejoinder!

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22 Responses to “Casual Definitions Of Casual Sex”

  1. Very Naughty
    May 13, 2009 at 12:03 am #

    I think you put a lot of time to this article, its fantastic, well done. the advise for women about differentiating between one night stand and looking for boy friends will come in handy to some ladies

  2. Open Your Heart to the Love
    May 13, 2009 at 9:43 am #

    Yep, I really get the gist of “emotional maturity” now. Thanks for the insight.

    • admin
      May 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

      Thanks for the compliment. I really get the gist of “defensive sarcasm” now.

      Would chookums like a little more faux naïvité with her douchebag?

      ( for anyone feeling bewildered by this exchange.)

  3. jordan
    May 13, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    dig it. enlightening… and apparently i need to ponder my own definitions. i think this should be on random big ass billboards all over the city. think of it… time saved = more humping; restaurants thrive from the increased traffic to satisfy after sex munchies. it’s just good for the economy. seriously – straight forward is good.

    • admin
      May 13, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

      Beautiful dream, Jordan. BEAUTIFUL.

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    May 25, 2009 at 3:51 am #

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  5. vivlai
    June 1, 2009 at 2:28 am #

    this is beautifully written and altogether enlightening. i may just have to print it up for reference especially since its been awhile since i’ve been in the dating game. but then again…i don’t think these definitions have changed for awhile.

  6. Casper
    June 4, 2009 at 8:59 pm #

    According to wikipedia Friends with benefits is an agreement between two people who are both friends and physically attracted to one another to have a sexual relationship. Damn! Id like to have more friendss! Of course with benefits lol Anyone?

  7. ryw
    June 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm #


  8. j_diary2001
    June 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    This should be required reading in high school sex-ed classes or like those quick public service announcements on TV. Have one definition per commerical, NBC’s The More You Know. Ladies when you need to scratch that itch or men when you need that release. SWNS: Sex With No Strings – Lots of humping with No last names, No sleep overs, No obligations. Play it right and you could upgrade to Fuck Buddys. The More You Know.

    • admin
      June 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

      Hah, nice! If anyone knows any TV industry peeps, be sure and pass the idea along.

  9. Casualty
    June 25, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    Casual sex equates one night stands. This is my routine every weekends… looking for casual sex. Feels great!

  10. Joe
    July 6, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    You freak casualty! Anyways, I, too love ONS. I just can’t resist so it’s been addictive for me to look for hoorkers.

  11. Speakso
    July 9, 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    One night stands are way too risky, so better be safe than sorry.

  12. Bass
    July 12, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Sex with no strings. I love this statement.

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      July 16, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

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    July 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

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    • HornyBee
      September 4, 2009 at 12:00 am #

      this article was directed at ppl like YOU!! friends,, hahaha, u want friends, geta job, meet friends there. u want sex expect some SWNS and find me on CL.

  15. Sarah
    October 31, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    Awesome blog post. This site rocks.

  16. Laura
    January 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    I’ve read a lot of definitions of casual sex guides (blame it on boredom/professional interest) but this is probably the most accurate and perfect. At this point, I think my biggest problem is defining what exactly a “relationship” is anymore. It seems like one of the above ‘relationships’ are all that people are after/expecting (present company included). Do people still “date” in the traditional sense of the word?

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