Pro: Humans are naturally flirtatious

Sophie Johnson

In 2006, the very hot Scarlett Johansson told reporters, “I don’t think human beings are monogamous creatures by nature.”

That’s right: Scarlett Johansson believes in casual sex.

According to, “Casual sex refers to sexual activity outside the context of a romantic relationship, consisting of a range of informal sexual encounters.”

So basically it means you can fuck Nathonius from your philosophy class on Friday and Matt from the Mellow Bean on Saturday and everyone will be okay with it.

When I was 11, my mom told me, “There are only two things that make life really worth living: Food and sex. And food makes you fat.”

My mother, ever the wise sage, was right: Sex is like food that doesn’t make you fat.

Sex can make you pregnant and it can give you STDs. So keep some rubbers in your pocket and make sure you take your birth control pill on time, too. We’ve all been lectured on the necessities of safe sex and these necessities hold even if you are in a committed, monogamous relationship.

But there is plenty of time for committed, monogamous relationships.

First, look at the facts: In January, 2007 the New York Times reported that 51 percent of all women over the age of 25 were living without a spouse, which is up from 35 percent in 1950 and 49 percent in 2000. People are living longer and experimenting more. Women don’t need men the way they used to.
There just isn’t the same economical argument for monogamy that there was 100 years ago, when a woman needed to find a man who could financially support her and a man needed to find a woman who would help him build a family. Now there are alternatives for women and men, and marriage is no longer essential.

The emotional argument for monogamy: that human beings are naturally jealous creatures who can’t deal with the repercussions of open relationships: is flimsy at best. Every person is different and college is a time to learn about yourself and want you want in life. Settling down early on deprives us of our need to experiment and could drive us to ask ourselves later on, “What if?”

Editorialist Julia Allison wrote in a 2005 for CoEd Magazine, “Humans are naturally flirtatious, sexual beings. College students, unlike humans, have little or no capacity to restrain this side of them.”

Allison went on to claim that the attempts of many college students to form monogamous relationships are not necessarily healthy. College, she explained, is the time to experiment and have fun.

And Allison is right: There is plenty of time to settle down. For only four years of your life will you exist in this utopia of like-minded, good-looking, unmarried young adults. Take advantage of it.