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“The corrosive elements of hookup culture are in all of our lives,” Wade writes.“In our workplaces, in our politics and the media, within our families and friendships, and, yes, in bars and bedrooms. It makes no sense, then, to shake our fingers at college students. If we want to fix hookup culture, we have to fix American culture.” When we have a new president who has exhibited the worst of hookup culture — a culture where groping and denigrating “locker room talk” about women are normalized — it feels all the more imperative for us to transform hookup culture into a sexual culture that is more inclusive, more equal in its distribution of pleasure, more kind.
Students “select, interpret, and negotiate” these definitions.
At a public university in northwestern United States, Hollman and Sillars sampled 274 underclassmen students who were a variety of majors, around 20 years old, almost evenly male and female, and predominantly Caucasian.
More than half were single, others were seriously dating and less than three percent were married.
Additionally, one partner hooking up may not have fully consented, this can occur because of emotional, verbal or physical manipulation.
Hollman and Sillars state “78% of unwanted sex reported by college students occurred during a hook up.” Second, Hollman and Sillars examine how students networks (people they interact with regularly) play into hook up culture.
Many students describe hooking up by saying: “it just happened” or “I was swept away.” Usually, alcohol was present and used to justify or catalyze the spontaneous act. Students felt sexually aroused and emotionally excited during the hook up, but claim to feel psychological distress afterwards.