How To Master The Art Of A Not-So-Subtle Booty Call

Photographed by Eylul Aslan.
The phrase, "You up?" has a way of taking a text message conversation from flirty to frustrating — fast. But sometimes, when you need to get across that, yes, you would like to have sex with that person in the very immediate future, asking if they're up is a simple way to do it.
But people tend to have a strong reaction to this cliché booty call ask because it can feel selfish in nature, explains Samantha Burns, LMHC, a millennial-relationship expert. "[It's] like the pursuer doesn't want to put in the effort to cultivate an emotional connection, and cares more about gratifying his or her own sexual needs," Burns says.
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Receiving a booty call text can seem objectifying in a way, because it comes across like you're not a priority in the caller's life, Burns says. "Otherwise, you would have been their main plans instead of an afterthought," she adds. And if you and the person you're texting with haven't established that late-night sex summons fit the terms of your relationship, then it can be extra off-putting, she says.
That said, if booty calls are in your relationship description, and you want to send a transparent yet smooth text asking for a hookup, there are a few ways to do so. Ahead find messages you can text (or DM, or email, or Snapchat, send via carrier pigeon, or say outloud) that will expertly get the point across.
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Can you stop torturing me and just come over now?

The text: "Thinking about our next date has got me all excited. Can you stop torturing me and just come over now?"

Why it works: It starts by letting them know you're excited to spend time together, but adds a little urgency.
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Make my night better?

The text: "The party I had to go to sucked. Make my night better?"

Why it works: Even if you had other plans in the evening, this says that you'd rather be with them.
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For closure.

The text: "You should probably come over tonight...you know, for closure."

Why it works: Beating yourself up for not making a move during the actual date? Use this line to get yourself a second chance.
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I keep thinking about our last kiss.

The text: "I keep thinking about our last kiss, and am hoping I don’t have to wait until our next date to get another one."

Why it works: This communicates that you are invested in courting the person you're texting — in addition to hooking up with them.
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my sleep really suffers when you're not in bed with me.

The text: "You know, my sleep really suffers when you're not in bed with me..."

Why it works: Who can resist a call for cuddling?
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Come over and fuck me?

The text: "Come over and fuck me?"

Why it works: It's direct and can be personalized to your liking. If you don't usually say "fuck," switch it out for "make love" or whatever other word straight-up says you'd like to hook up.
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somewhere else I should be?

The text: "I'm about to go home, unless there's somewhere else I should be?"

Why it works: This says that you'll gladly stay out past bedtime, if you're with them.
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my roommate is out for the night!

The text: "Great news: My roommate is out for the night! Bad news: You're not here."

Why it works: Everyone with roommates knows that "my roommate is away" is code for "let's have really loud sex."
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I can't stop thinking about you.

The text: "Are you up? Because I am and I can't stop thinking about you."

Why it works: A play on the ol' classic, this line has a little more substance.
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There's one last thing I didn't check off my to-do list today.

The text: "There's one last thing I didn't check off my to-do list today, and it involves you. Come by and help me?"

Why it works: It's a little bit coy, and suggests that you've been thinking about seeing them all day.
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I just got a new toy.

The text: "I just got a new toy, but it requires two players. Down to be my teammate?"

Why it works: A sex toy. It's a sex toy you're referring to.
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I have an extra burrito with your name on it.

The text: "You're going to want to come over ASAP... The delivery guy gave me an extra burrito, and it has your name on it."

Why it works: Look, if you have to lure them to your place with the promise of a burrito, so be it.
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Weed, food, sex?

The text: "Weed, food, sex? In no particular order?"

Why it works: Cut immediately to the chase and don't sugarcoat the plans you had in mind.
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recap the first season and chill?

The text: "The new season of The Crown is dropping soon. Want to come over and recap the first season and chill?"

Why it works: Sure, "Netflix and chill," might be a very 2012 reference, but there is something sweet about wanting to watch a series together and then have sex.
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What do you have going on tonight?

The text: "What are you getting up to tonight? I really want to see you."

Why it works: The truth is, they may have plans already, and you respect that.
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