I was talking to my sister the other day and we had an interesting chat regarding promiscuity. I was lamenting the fact that it's still taboo for women to enjoy their sex lives. It seems to me that the only way a woman can have lots of acceptable sex is for her to be in a long-term, monogamous relationship. That sort of social pressure would stifle me immensely - not to mention that it hurts my own chances to meet someone when I go out on the town. In any case, she mentioned that she had gone through a phase of carefree sex in the past but that at the time, she wasn't too concerned with the hedonistic/animalistic part of it. Instead, she did it to find a man who meant something to her - the notion of kissing many frogs before you find your prince, I suppose. So my question is, are you currently in a phase of having promiscuous sex? If not, did you have such a phase in the past? Is/was it for sexual gratification, was it to find Mr. Right, or was there another reason? Lastly, I would like to know whether it affected your self-esteem in any way; did you feel empowered and confident, or did it make you feel worse about yourself?