In 2012, burgeoning pop hero Kesha claimed she had sex with a ghost. At the time, it seemed like a kooky eccentricity coming from a rising star. Now, at the end of 2017, it seems like a viable sexual option.
This year has proven that living men are—at best—superfluous. And now, video of 27-year-old Brit Amethyst Realm discussing her various sexual encounters with specters and phantoms on a UK talk show, which might have seemed absurd in years prior, has now gone viral. (We can't be alone in wondering why that specific romantic option had never really been taken seriously before, right? Right?!)
Anyway: “It started as an energy, then became physical,” says Realm, explaining her erotic encounter with the undead. “There was pressure on my thighs and breath on my neck. I just always felt safe. I had sex with the ghost. You can feel it. It’s difficult to explain.”
Realm now says that she's "got no interest in men" and honestly, we get it. She also says the idea of having a ghost baby is increasingly promising.
The hosts of the show are certainly less receptive to the idea of haunted intercourse than we are: “I should imagine you have got quite a name for yourself in the spirit world,” says the host snidely. “I would imagine they would be keen to visit you.”
Comments on the YouTube video and a Huffington Post article on the subject have garnered a surreal (yet somehow totally expected) amount of "spooky slut-shaming." And although the subject matter may seem silly, the snarky responses still managed to display a serious amount of the Internet's particular brand of misogyny.
“She had a fiancé at 15?” writes one commentator. “Is she originally from Alabama?”
“Tune in next week [when] she accuses them of sexual harassment and sues them. #shewantsachecktoo,” writes another.
The Mirror consulted with an expert on the matter, who dismisses the phenomenon as a hypnagogic hallucination: “Such hallucinations can be extremely vivid and bizarre, and can include tactile, visual and auditory,” says psychotherapist Tina Radziszewic. “Stress, anxiety, depression and trauma can make people more prone to this form of hallucination.”
Well, whatever. Let's just let Amethyst live her semi-creepy truth!