Links: Chastity and the Hookup Culture

The Hookup Culture: When Sex Becomes Sport

by Jennifer Roback Morse

Morse argues in this article that sex is not just another activity or behavior, and emphasizes that even people active in the hook-up culture seek meaning in their relationships.

Eve of Destruction

by Dawn Eden, National Review Online

Eden discusses the growing presence of shows such as The Vagina Monologues on college campuses, and notes that important issues (including abstinence) are not addressed in these productions, while incorrect messages about consent are promulgated.

Sex, Sadness and the City

by Wendy Shalit, City Journal

This article describes how the popular TV show provides insight into people seeking meaning amidst numerous hookups. Shalit uses anecdotes and quotes from the show to expose the loneliness of the four women on the show. She describes how their own actions and willingness to partake in the hook-up culture are responsible for their feelings of isolation and loneliness.

The Campus Rape Myth

by Heather Mac Donald, City Journal

This article explores the common claim that about 1 in 4 women are the victims of rape or attempted rape while at college. Mac Donald dismantles the statistic while simultaneously showing that university officials’ response to the claim would not be sufficient or appropriate even if the statistic were accurate. Mac Donald blames this rape culture on “a booze-fueled hook-up culture of one-night, or sometimes just partial-night, stands” and urges those seeking a solution to the rape culture to practice and advocate sexual restraint.