The New Culture of Sex on Campus
The hookup is now part of college life. Yet the drunken encounter we always hear about tells only a fraction of the story. Rising above misinformation and moralizing, Lisa Wade offers the definitive account of this new sexual culture and demonstrates that the truth is both more heartening and more harrowing than we thought.Offering invaluable insights for parents, educators, and students, Wade situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the unfinished feminist revolution. Using new research, she maps out a punishing emotional landscape marked by unequal pleasures, competition for status, and sexual violence. She discovers that the most privileged students tend to like hookup culture the most, and she considers its effects on racial and sexual minorities, students who “opt out,” and those who participate ambivalently.Accessible and open-minded, compassionate and brutally honest, American Hookup explains where we are and how we got here, asking not “How do we go back?” but “Where do we go from here?”
A revelatory account of the new cultureof sex that has come to dominate theAmerican college experience.
Baker & Taylor
An account of the new culture of sex on college campuses profiles how students are navigating a harrowing emotional landscape marked by one-sidedness, status competition, and sexual violence that is particularly challenging to minorities and women.
Drawing on student journals and interviews, scholarly and news articles, survey data, and firsthand accounts, the author examines the hookup culture on college campuses in the US and why it makes students unhappy. She argues that it is not as widespread as reported and that it is not hookups that make students unhappy, but the hookup culture itself. She explains what a hookup is, where it came from, and why it dominates the college setting, also describing what it feels like to opt in or opt out, and aspects of the culture, such as the emotional landscape, the politics of its pleasure, expectations of physical perfection, games of status, and the possibility of becoming a victim or perpetrator of a sexual crime. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
A revelatory account of the new culture of sex at today's colleges profiles how students are navigating a harrowing emotional landscape marked by one-sidedness, status competition and sexual violence that is particularly challenging to minorities and women.
New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, 
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306.7 WAD 2017