December 29, 2016
On this week’s edition of NY Mag‘s “Sex Diaries,” which “asks anonymous city dwellers to record a week in their sex lives,” an embittered millennial describes having random sex to cope with Donald Trump’s election victory.
An unflinching descent into nihilism, the woman, billed as “a 28-year-old health technologist managing online dating and recent political sadness,” posts about various sexual encounters throughout a seven-day period involving her roommate Toby and random guys on Tinder, as well as her own miserable outlook on the state of political affairs.
She’s everything that Sex & the City promoted in young women: narcissism, immodesty, and unabashed promiscuity. Notice the flippant way she speaks about hooking up with her roommate Toby, despite him having a girlfriend in “some Southern red state”:
“I’m surprised to find myself thoroughly enjoying this — it’s our first time hooking up,” she says of the encounter. “What makes this scandalous is that he has a girlfriend in some Southern red state, where he’ll be moving back to in three days.”
This quickly becomes a pattern for her as the more she feels depressed and hopeless about the world under Trump, the more she just wants to escape in meaningless sex.
“The only time my mind stops racing with the rapidly encroaching state of worldwide disarray is during great sex,” she says. ” My strategy to fulfill my sexual self when everything else sucks is compartmentalization. Everyone serves a set of purposes, and a well-balanced carnal-cardiovascular regimen is essential in maintaining mental and physical health in times of disarray.”
She and Toby later discuss their brief hookup session and use the logic of Schrödinger’s cat to decide that cheating ” doesn’t really exist if the partner doesn’t know about it.”
According to the truth of relativism, maybe, but whether or not Toby’s unfortunate girlfriend knows about it doesn’t change that the event took place.
Regardless, her week concludes on a dismal note, not because she realizes the error of her nihilistic behavior, but because she fears that “t here’s no one left for me, that my sex life has died along with any capacity for romantic or platonic excitement.”
“It sounds absurd; I know. But porn and vibrators alone are not going to get me through the Great Again Resistance,” she concludes.
This article was posted: Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 7:24 am