(Her.meneutics) Amy Becker—Hookup Culture Is Good for Women, and Other Feminist Myths

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Pornography. Casual sex. Crude jokes about sex. Hooking up with no strings attached.

Hanna Rosin’s most recent Atlantic article, “Boys on the Side,” describes highly intelligent, career-oriented women engaging in all of these behaviors with a mere shrug of the shoulders. In the minds of many driven young women on college campuses across the country, sexual promiscuity doesn’t harm anyone. Hooking up has become the new sexual norm for young adults, and according to this norm, students shy away from committed relationships and instead enjoy one-time sexual encounters with no expectation of further intimacy. And, Rosin argues, the sexual liberation of the 1960s that led to the more recent “hookup culture” on college campuses is good for women—it allows women to enjoy casual sex without being “tied down” by serious commitment.

Rosin initially substantiates this claim through interviews with her subjects. Most women who are engaging in the hookup culture report that they don’t want to return to the days of chastity belts or even more traditional dating, and Rosin takes these positive reports as evidence that the hookup culture is not only here to stay but is also good for the women involved. She provides no evidence, however, that women who hookup a lot during their early 20s go on to lead fulfilling lives, and she doesn’t offer a counterpoint of women who have opted out of hooking up.

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3 Comments
Posted September 27, 2012 at 5:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

I think this article is right on. From my experience, it is these young women who become angry late 30-something women who like to complain that they can’t find a good man (most good men I know are not all that interested in committing to someone who has slept around with every Tom, Dick, and Harry for years…in fact I think there is a term for that in common vulgar vernacular) or a fulfilling relationship and start worrying because their biological clock is ticking.

September 27, 10:55 am | [comment link]
2. drummie wrote:

This woman is a “feminazi” of the first order.  She is demeaning to women in general and is both a liar and a fraud.  She knows nothing of a commited and enduring relationship that is found in marriage. She certainly doesn’t speak to most women that I know.

September 27, 1:38 pm | [comment link]
3. Ross wrote:

#1 Archer_of_the_Forest says:

most good men I know are not all that interested in committing to someone who has slept around with every Tom, Dick, and Harry for years…in fact I think there is a term for that in common vulgar vernacular

Most men I know are not in a position to throw stones on that particular topic.

September 27, 1:49 pm | [comment link]
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