Episode 047: Book Review of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

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Episode 047: Book Review of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus (Volume 40 #3, 2017) with Joe Dallas

“Thanks to everything from pop culture to college propaganda when students arrive on campuses today they expect—with varying levels of inclination and trepidation—to have a really good time. Many assume they’ll encounter, as one student featured in The American Hookup put it apprehensively, a “big four-year orgy.” “Like most people I knew,” she wrote, “I believed that college was a wild, sexual party scene, and that to fit in, you had to be into alcohol, weed, and sex.”

It’s taken for granted today that college is supposed to be fun and that sex is part of why. “The best years of your life,” is how another student put it. “Fun takes priority over sleep and rest,” she insisted, forgetting to mention studying altogether. It’s an odd way to think about an institution dedicated to occupational training, if you think about.

How did college become fun? And how did casual sex, of all things, become synonymous with enjoying one’s higher education?” — American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus by Lisa Wade

This JOURNAL author conversation is a discussion of the book review Joe Dallas wrote about American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus by Lisa Wade. Joe answers questions including: What is the goal of the hook-up culture specifically on the college campus? What does the author say about the hook-up culture promoting “rape culture” on campus and a loss of intimacy? How is the hook-up culture is institutionalized on the college campus according to the author? Secularists say that the Christian sexual ethic is narrow, limiting, and stifles freedom of sexual expression. How does a Christian sexual ethic differ from the hook-up culture? Many Christian parents are about to send a child to college for the first time, what word of encouragement can you give them to prepare their kids to not succumb to the on campus hook-up culture?


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