Linda and Mark* would not have met at any other day, at any other time, or through any of their mutual friends. She liked jam bands and peasant skirts. He was a political science grad from a small, well-respected college. Linda was at the bar because the beer was cheap. Mark was drowning his sorrows after being laid off that morning. Their love story began with sarcasm and matching wits, dressing each other down... and then undressing each other. Thirteen years later, they’re still going strong.
“I call him my longest one-night stand,” said Linda.
You’ve probably heard nothing good comes from one-night stands, that they’re little more than awkward, elbowy rituals offering momentary pleasure and permanent panty loss. Luda says, “You can’t turn a hoe into a housewife.” But what if, to become a housewife, one must first become a hoe? What if casual sex is actually the key to great relationships and marriages? Emerging research suggests our attitudes about casual sex are changing -- and that casual sex might be helping a new generation of singles find better, more compatible partners.