Cuffing Season officially begins in September, but what is it and why has it become such a legitimised thing? Let's discuss the basics- Cuffing season is when people, during the autumn and winter months, want to stay in rather than go out. The cold makes us antisocial, and after the party months of summer, we all just want to be lazy.
Thing is, if you don't want to leave the house and go out with your friends, then how are you meant to meet new people? How are you meant to have sex? Apparently Cuffing Season answers this dilemma.
Cuffing Season is the phenomenon of cuffing yourself to another person for the colder seasons of the year, and then when spring and summer comeback around you break off to enjoy the warmer months single. Intercourse and intimacy are the two goals of Cuffing Season.
Urban dictionary defines it as "During the fall and winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves, along with the rest of the world, desiring to be 'cuffed' or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed". Basically, it's for when you want to stay in side and watch Netflix but want someone to partake in the "chill" part, but on a more secure basis then hookups.
Apparently science even supports this phenomenon! Dr Wendy Walsh has stated that "we're walking around in DNA that's hundreds of thousands of years old. In our anthropological past, there was less food and resources available, and hunter-gatheres' survival happened better if you were in a pack, if you were coupled up". Ok, so evolution may suggest that it's smart, but in modern life does it really have a place? We can't all have our cake and eat it. Single summers and coupled up Christmases are ideal, but not very nice...
No one wants to go to a family parties and get asked "why are you still single?" or be the only one without a S.O. for Valentines day. But if you're happy single and want your summer fun, then it doesn't seem very fair on your Cuffing Season partner to be dragged into all that. Cuffing Season is fine, if it's mutually agreed, but most of the time the other person doesn't realised they've been cuffed.
Someone usually gets attached, and according to Dr Walsh it's the woman- because, evolution. "women have a fertility window that men, frankly, don't -- you will see that women become more invested in their relationships". Ok, so Dr Walsh sounds a bit like she's stuck in the 1950s. But let's just let that slide.
Maybe Cuffing Season isn't as conscious as the viral "Cuffing Season Applications", maybe it's a natural occurrence that happens because cuddles are nice when it's cold.
So Cuffing Season sounds pretty animalistic so far, and not very romantic. But what if is actually beneficial to romance? With the hookup culture we're living in, Cuffing Season brings back serious dating, even if it's just temporary. Plus, people fall in love, so your winter beau could become more than that.
A good cuff (or catch) isn't going to magically appear just because Starbucks have brought back pumpkin spiced lattes. You don't want someone who's just cuddly, because you'll probably have to converse during those six months. Ideally it's someone you already know, and you both mutually want to get cuffed.
Cuffing is a bit of a silly concept, because surely if you find the perfect Cuffing Season partner then they are in actual fact the love of your life. Not just the love of your, currently rather chilly, life.
Be prepared. WINTER IS COMING.
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