by Anneliese Hucal

Anais Nin once said that good things happen to those who hustle, and I must say that I couldn’t agree more. I have done a lot of things that people told me were crazy or bad, and the things I threw myself into with the most reckless abandon have turned out to be the very same things that have rewarded me so greatly.

I got my job by impulsively cornering a government official in her office to interrogate her. I met and drank with Mickey Avalon by making out with a hot stranger who just happened to be working for a broadcast company that was interviewing him that night.

But what about first date hustle? And I’m not talking about wearing sunglasses the entire time, you pretentious ass. Even I can’t get away with that shit. I’m talking about hustling past the boring societal “rules” of etiquette and getting right to the main deal-breaker — the sex.

Now, I’ve been on lots of first dates. Many of them I’ve had to stop and say “Look, this seemed like a superb idea two weeks ago, but you didn’t know what three of the words I just used meant so… let’s go dutch and call it off.” When I say what I am about to say, I am not talking about those dates, unless of course this person has you wetter than SeaWorld in a rainstorm, despite all of their stupidity. If that’s the case, then by all means, jump on that booty train.

The dates that I am primarily referring to are the ones that turn out well, you feel some chemistry and are strongly considering a second date. Those kinds of first dates are the ones that I believe you should always at least get to second base on.

If you’re like me, sexual chemistry is important, and I can’t imagine having a relationship with anyone who I don’t feel sexual tension with. Sex on the first date is an important deciding factor in whether or not you want this awkward getting-to-know someone dance to continue. If I sleep with you, it’s because I like you, or at least am very curious about how big you are. If I don’t, it’s because I am either feeling sick or feeling sick of you.

Being sexually compatible is something you want to know about right away, unless you aren’t considering ever having sex with this person you want a relationship with. If that’s the case, stop reading right now, you prude. There’s some stuff in the sports section that you might prefer.

For those of you that are still with me, imagine you are a few weeks in, and you discover your newfound almost-lover has a body pillow fetish or weird junk? Wouldn’t you rather know this before you meet the family or spend all this time imagining yourself getting a dog with them? Let’s face it: we are all busy and investing time in someone is hard to do, so why not be sure that it will be worth it in the end?

Many dating experts like to say that sex on the first date will ruin the chance of a relationship in the future, and with some guys and girls (20 percent according to Dr. Drew), this is true, but most of them will be able to see past that if there is relationship potential.

Think of it like this: Most of us don’t walk into the shoe store and look at the shoes we want three times before tossing our sweaty credit cards on the counter and then going home to try them on. Most of us find a pair of hot kicks, try them out, and then keep them if they fit. Dating should be like buying shoes. If you see something you like, make sure it comes in your size, try it on, and then decide if it’s worth keeping for the long haul.

“But what if we do it, and he/she thinks I’m easy and doesn’t like me anymore?” Why would you care if someone who obviously has different morals doesn’t want to be with you? Shouldn’t your potential partner be of a similar belief system? This means some people need partners that are slow turtles sexually, and then there are some of us who need someone who can dress classy but play dirty.  If our main goal is to have someone to be attached to, wouldn’t good sex be a concern?

So why not have sex on the first date? After all, a hard man is good to find.

Anneliese Hucal studies public relations and pre-law. She can be reached at opinion@