By Abby Wallisch
For Unwind magazine
Students at University of Maryland listed elements like mutual respect, mental and physical healthiness as well as communication as fundamental parts of a healthy sex life. However, the most common response in regards to the definition of a healthy sex life was that there was no one answer.
Alisa Zacharia, junior economics and English major, is an active member of CatholicTerps. She explained that her religion has helped develop her perspective on what constitutes a healthy sex life.
“Sex should … remain for the person who you will spend the rest of your life with, not the person who you want to do that with or who you think you will spend the rest of your life with,” said Zacharia. “Sex is too precious of a gift to be handed out like Willy Wonka Nerds on Halloween.”
According to the American Psychological Association, “hookup culture” is prevalent on college campuses and refers to the acceptance and encouragement of casual sexual encounters, with more of a focus on the physical aspect rather than the emotional element.
Jeremy Shapiro, psychology major and member of a fraternity at the university, Phi Kappa Tau, doesn’t see it fitting into what he defines as a healthy sex life.
“If you ask me, having sex with as many people as you can doesn’t sound healthy. It sounds like you should go to the health center every two weeks,” said Shapiro.
Preventing Sexual Assault (PSA) is a organization dedicated to the education of consent and sexual assault on campus. Natalie Cabezas, PSA’s treasurer and senior international business and supply chain management major explained how vital it is to maintain a healthy sex life even with the pressure of hookup culture.
“It’s really important….that everyone asks for consent when it comes to another person’s body,” said Cabezas. “Clear nonverbal and verbal communication between partners is also another aspect….of a healthy sex life.”
A healthy sex life can be defined in a variety ways, but behind this perspective the groundwork for it is rooted in respect for you and your partner’s body as well as being happy with your decisions.
“There probably is a definition [for a healthy sex life] online or in a textbook somewhere, but as long as you are happy and satisfied, then your sex life is healthy,” said Shapiro.