Hook-up activities may include a wide range of sexual behaviors, such as kissing, oral sex, and penetrative intercourse. However, these encounters often transpire without any promise of, or desire for, a more traditional romantic relationship. A review of the literature suggests that these encounters are becoming increasingly normative among adolescents and young adults in North America, representing a marked shift in openness and acceptance of uncommitted sex. We reviewed the current literature on sexual hookups and considered the multiple forces influencing hookup culture, using examples from popular culture to place hooking up in context. We argue that contemporary hookup culture is best understood as the convergence of evolutionary and social forces during the developmental period of emerging adulthood. Popular media representations of sexuality demonstrate the pervasiveness of a sexual hookup culture among emerging adults.
Freshman Tales: Double Standards of Hookup Culture
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It was a sentiment echoed by many conservative commentators whose books and articles I eagerly read, feeling that they affirmed my own feelings and experiences. Looking back on it, though, I can understand why I believed that: I thought that casual sex was degrading because I had felt degraded every time I had it. It was because my hookup partners had treated me like an object, like a means to an end. The more I learned about feminism, the more I realized that my experiences with casual sex with men fit into a much broader pattern of structural sexism. Through their coded language and their failure to look at hookup culture through a feminist lens, these critics reveal the fact that, ultimately, they think that people especially young people, and especially young women having casual sex is just kind of immoral and icky.
Men only see me as a sexual object, not a girlfriend...why?
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