My Big Mouth: When did it become normal to publicise your sex life?


Elina Desaine has been named Britain’s Horniest Student.

By Chidi Ogundu

University is often referred to as the best three years of a young person’s life, where they start to become independent as well as studying for that all important degree.

Some students spend their time in other ways.

Latvian-born Elina Desaine, a 20-year-old Computer Science student at the University of Exeter, was last week named Britain’s Horniest Student, winning £500 and a year’s supply of condoms.

Elina entered the controversial competition set up by Shag at Uni, which encourages students to meet up with each other for sex.

Her winning entry said: “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.”

Elina even keeps a list with descriptions of the sexual partners as she struggles to remember all their names.

I am sure university students have sex all the time, but what baffles me is why would anyone want to make their sex life public?

And how can someone state their proudest moment was having sex in a university computer room? Normally the proudest moment in a student’s life is graduating with a degree in their chosen subject of study or completing a 10,000 word dissertation.

I am sure sites like Shag at Uni could potentially lead to students, both male and female, feeling like sex objects who may find it hard to commit to a real relationship in the future.

I can understand why Elina’s friends were worried about her future employers and her sexual health. Whether she’ll get that internship to start her own technology business is another story.

On the other hand, employers shouldn’t judge someone on the basis of their private – or in this case not so private – life. 

I am sure there are other ways of promoting sexual health such as educating students about sex in schools or even that dreaded ‘talk’ with your parents about where babies really come from.

Competitions such as Britain’s Horniest Student, sound degrading as well as potentially dangerous.

According to Public Health England, there were 448,422 diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases in 2012, with the highest rate in those under 25.

Next week is National World Aids Day, which aims to raise the awareness of HIV. Around 100,000 people in the UK are living with the disease.

Hopefully a lot of young people will take heed of the message from that day and think more carefully about their sexual activities.

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