UK's Horniest Student - don't kid yourself that this isn't exploitative
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There’s little doubt that by now you’ve heard of Elina Desaine, the 20-year-old Exeter undergrad who last week was crowned the “UK’s Horniest Student” by ‘no strings dating site’ Shag at Uni. The internet has lapped up the story of Desaine and her six fuck buddies, computer room trysts and desire to get it on with her lecturers like a giant, out of control cat who’s got the proverbial cream. Obviously, because the story is one of a female who has sex and talks about it loudly and (despite bravado) appears a little bit unsure about how to cope with this newfound thing called ‘adulthood.’ There’s no doubt that to put herself in such a public position of ridicule Desaine must be incredibly naive. But this doesn’t mean she deserves the vitriol that she has received. Just look at her ‘competition entry’: “I should be the UK’s horniest student because I have sex with at least 2/3 different people a week. Sometimes I go clubbing, have sex with someone, and then go back to the club to pick up my second victim. Feeling horny right now, so might just text someone on my ‘shag list’ and do it in the computer room (I’ve done this before, was great!) With your help of Alcohol I will be able to become an even Hornier Student!” And afterwards, on the marvel of condoms: “It's great because you can have fun without getting any diseases.” She also calls herself a ’Slutvian’(because she was born in Latvia), has renamed her university ‘Sexeter’ and keeps a descriptive list in order to ‘remember’ all her conquests. It can’t be just me who gets the impression from reading the above that Desaine is a person who has just discovered a whole new concept – sex! – and is going about dealing with her new discovery in all the wrong ways. She talks like she's the only person to have ever benefited from the use of a condom. Which, of course, should be ok. Because isn’t everyone allowed to have sex with whomever they like, and talk about it if they so wish, and make mistakes that they can laugh/cringe over later - especially when they’re 20 years old and have nothing to think about other than their own immediate satisfaction? It’s hardly surprising that, having grown up in a culture as sexualised as ours and having only slept with two people before university, Desaine is revelling in her new found freedom and taking it further than is healthy. Everyone is guilty of this at some point, but not many have it documented to the world. Most of us (Miley Cyrus aside) are allowed to make our mistakes, realise for ourselves what is acceptable and eventually grow up in private, and not have them go globally viral on the internet – the only place, of course, that we cannot erase our mistakes from.
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