An eye-opening examination of the hookup culture, seen through the
personal experiences of high school-and college-age women who confront
the hard lessons of dating, love, and sex.
We’re living in an
increasingly sexualized world, and it’s the young—particularly young
women—who must deal with the consequences. Kids are having more sexual
contact than ever, and at an earlier age. They call it “hooking up.” But
what is “hooking up”? According to Laura Sessions Stepp, a reporter at the Washington Post, hooking up eludes a neat definition. It can be anything from an innocent kiss to sexual.
Stepp follows three groups of young women (one in high school, one each
at Duke and George Washington universities). She sat with them in
class, socialized with them, listened to them talk, and came away with
some disturbing insights, including that hooking up carries with it no
obligation on either side. Relationships and romance are seen as messy
and time-consuming, and love is postponed—or worse, seen as impossible.
Some young women can handle this, but many can’t, and they’re being
battered—physically and emotionally—by the new dating landscape. The
result is a generation of young people stymied by relationships and
unsure where to turn for help. Download and start listening now!