This past weekend, many students dressed up in their costumes and migrated to places like Richard Avenue, Wibs and parties of the like, to participate in homecoming festivities. But with parties, there is always a possibility that you may be involved in the taboo practice of one-night stands. While one-night stands can be perceived as dangerous and forbidden, having one can become less dangerous and more about embracing your sexual nature.
First off, when having a one-night stand, the biggest priority should be consent. Not having consent should be a red flag. One thing that college students lack insight of is the fact that if any of the individuals involved are intoxicated, there is no consent. Unless consent is given between two autonomous rational beings, the one night stand is no longer consensual sex between two willing adults.
Second, the stigma between one-night stands and the “Walk of Shame” add to the idea that it is shameful to have sex. This stigma makes it harder for women in particular to seek help for contraceptives, STD testing, and counseling services. The idea of the “Walk of Shame” adds to the concept of rape culture and gender bias when it comes to having one night stands. It is one of the leading factors as to why it is such a taboo.
Quite frankly, a lot of one-night stands happen under the influence. Although they can lead to lasting side effects, there are ways to combat these. Etter Health Center, located behind Naugle Hall, offers health screenings, STI testing, contraceptives and counseling services.
Another service provided on campus is the Women’s Center, located in Horton Hall. The center provides information on what to do if you feel you are a victim of non-consensual sex and can direct you to the SU police station for more services.
To contact Etter Health Center, you make an appointment at (717)-477-1458. The Women’s Center can be reached at (717)-477-1790 and the SU Police can be reached at (717)-744-1444.
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