“Everyone’s doing it”: determining campus hookup tradition

“Everyone’s doing it”: determining campus hookup tradition

KISS AND TELL: Many pupils stated they certainly were generally speaking dissatisfied with all the hookup tradition.

In a September 2012 article, “Boys in the Side,” within the Atlantic mag, Hanna Rosin, composer of the recently released guide “The End of Men,” casts a crucial attention at the “hookup culture” of college campuses, arguing that the prevalence of casual intimate encounters is “an motor of feminine progress—one being harnessed and driven by ladies by themselves.”

After interviewing lots of undergraduate and graduate pupils at organizations maybe not unlike Bowdoin, Rosin determined that “feminist progress at this time mostly is determined by the existence of the hookup tradition. Also to a degree that is surprising it really is women—not men—who are perpetuating the tradition, particularly in school, cannily manipulating it to produce area due to their success, continuing to keep their ends in your mind.”

More than a dozen interviews with Bowdoin pupils from a range of social teams, course years and intimate orientations implies that this isn’t usually the instance at Bowdoin, and that lots of men and women can be dissatisfied using the hookup tradition right right here, mostly as a consequence of an unspoken group of guidelines that dictate exactly exactly how students start navigating intercourse and dating during the College.

Ambiguous terms

The interviewed pupils unilaterally agreed that “hooking up” can mean “anything from kissing to using sex,” as Phoebe Kranefuss ’16 put it, and it is usually a casual” encounter that is“very. As Eric Edelman writes in the op-ed this week, “Hookups may have just as much or as small meaning as you add into them. They are able to make the kind of friendly hellos, sloppy goodbyes, clear overtures of great interest, or careful explorations.”


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