Social and Sexual Contexts

images-2images-1Taking risks is complex. The risks of sharing sexually transmitted diseases has been thoroughly documented. Now studies have investigated how sexually adventurous women are affected socially, emotionally and mentally.

Women who engaged in risky sexual behavior while traveling told a researcher that they felt freed from a sexual double standard at home, and hoped to “feel like a man by having a one-night stand — no emotional strings attached.” For others, “sexual activity has to be related to feelings and some degree of attachment,” says Liza Berdychevsky, assistant professor at the University of Illinois. She has interviewed women to gain understanding of their perceptions and motivations for sexual experimentation.  Some tourist destinations and experiences promote “an altered sense of reality … while minimizing perceptions of risk and long-term consequences. Sometimes that introspection leads to beneficial experiences. Some learn a lesson, how to reject, how to be more empowered, how to be more vocal or how to insist on contraception.”

Although the immortality and invincibility that young people experience often leads to ignoring consequences, senior citizens have adopted simular experimental behaviors, especially within retirement communities. During the last decade, AIDS cases among senior citizens have soared. Due to Viagra and similar drugs, older Americans are increasingly sexually active. Sadly, many older women who’ve passed menopause don’t use protection because they know they can’t get pregnant. They do get STDs in large numbers though.