More Women Are Having Sex on Drugs

From Kate Lloyd: For some girls, sex isn’t sex unless it comes with a generous portion of coke, MDMA, or weed.  People have always mixed drink, drugs and sex—from bankers and their trophy wives snorting coke in Cannes to hippies pressing tabs of acid into their mates’ hessian-swaddled hands—but over the past few years fucked-up sex has gone mainstream. Pop music is full of references, from Angel Haze rapping “Can we just get high? Then find each other through each others’ thighs?” to Frank Oceancrooning about “cocaine for breakfast, bed full of women”.

While stories about chemsex—gay male sex parties fuelled by GHB, mephedrone and crystal meth—grab headlines, the reality is that women are also increasingly incorporating drugs into their sex lives. On Reddit, when I asked women what they thought of high sex, I got replies like “Ummmm because DRUGS and SEX! Helloooooo,” and “My boyfriend loves it when I take Vyvanse [a prescription drug used to treat ADHD] because I’m much more dominant and aggressive.” I was also pointed towards a forum where people give their high orgasms a mark out of 10.

Chauntelle Tibbals, PhD, is a sociologist and author of Exposure: A Sociologist Explores Sex Society and Adult Entertainment. She explains that as drug consumption becomes seen as a social norm, the conversations around drugs as sex -enhancers become mainstream, too. Read more…