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Casual sex refers to certain types of sexual activity outside the context of a romantic relationship. The term is not always used consistently: some use it to refer to any extramarital sex, some use it to refer to sex in a casual relationship, whereas others reserve its use for one-time encounters, promiscuity, or to refer to sex in the absence of emotional attachment or love.[1][2]


Social norms and moral concerns

Most religions disapprove of sex outside of marriage (see Religion and sexuality). People's attitudes to casual sex range from conservative religious views, the extreme of which is abstinence, to liberal and libertarian views, the extreme of which is free love. During the sexual revolution in the United States and Europe in the 1960s and 1970s, social attitudes to sexual issues underwent considerable changes. The advent of the pill and other forms of birth control, the Women's Liberation movement, and the legalization of abortion in many countries is believed to have led to a wider practice of casual sex.

Related terms


A hookup (colloquial American English) is casual sex activity that could consist of manual stimulation, oral sex, or sexual intercourse. An extended hookup sometimes refers to prolonged instances of casual sex interactions. This is a situation in which the involved parties occasionally meet for casual sex multiple times, always without a long-term commitment. This is a casual relationship specifically for sex and without any emotional aspect. Also another similar term is No Strings Attached (NSA) sex.

Other colloquial terms used to describe two people engaged in a relationship in which there is no emotional but purely sexual involvement are "fuck buddies", "friends with benefits", "booty call", and "ami calin"(popular french name for it).

One-night stand

One-night stand is a single sexual encounter between individuals, where at least one of the parties has no immediate intention or expectation of establishing a longer-term sexual or romantic relationship.

Anonymous sex

Anonymous sex is a form of one-night stand or casual sex between people who have very little or no history with each other, often engaging in sexual activity on the same day of their meeting and usually never seeing each other again afterwards.[3]

Commercial sites

There are many specialist online dating services or other internet websites, known as "adult personals" or "adult matching" sites, which cater to people looking for a purely physical relationship, without emotional attachments. These can provide a relatively anonymous forum where people who are geographically close but in totally separate work and social circles can make contact.

See also



  • Ehrenreich, Barbara, Elizabeth Hess, and Gloria Jacobs. Re-Making Love: The Feminization of Sex. Doubleday, 1986 (ISBN 0-385-18498-0)

Template:Other Hooking Up is a collection of essays and short stories by American author Tom Wolfe, a number of which were earlier published in popular magazines.

The essays cover diverse topics dating from as early as 1965, including both non-fiction and fiction, along with snipes at his contemporaries Updike, Mailer and Irving.



Hooking Up

  • Hooking Up: What Life was Like at the Turn of the Second Millennium: An American's World – contemporary teenage promiscuity.

The Human Beast

Vita Robusta, Ars Anorexica

  • In the Land of the Rococo Marxists
  • The Invisible Artist
  • The Great Relearning
  • My Three Stooges –Wolfe's castigation of Mailer, Updike, and Irving

Ambush at Fort Bragg: A Novella

  • Ambush at Fort Bragg – a fictional investigative television program delves into military harassment of gays

The New Yorker Affair

  • Foreword: Murderous Gutter Journalism
  • Tiny Mummies! The True Story of the Ruler of 43rd Street's Land of the Walking Dead! – 1965 profile of The New Yorker editor William Shawn
  • Lost in the Whichy Thickets
  • Afterword: High in the Saddle

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