Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both

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In Unhooked, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laura Sessions Stepp gives readers an inside view of the hook-up culture, where young people's sexual contact rarely comes with long-term expectations. What she discovers is both disturbing and enlightening: a successful and fiercely independent generation of young women who are ill-equipped to balance sexual freedom with commitment. Although their sexual intelligence is higher than ever, they're disillusioned by love and unsure how to build lasting, meaningful ...
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Overview

In Unhooked, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laura Sessions Stepp gives readers an inside view of the hook-up culture, where young people's sexual contact rarely comes with long-term expectations. What she discovers is both disturbing and enlightening: a successful and fiercely independent generation of young women who are ill-equipped to balance sexual freedom with commitment. Although their sexual intelligence is higher than ever, they're disillusioned by love and unsure how to build lasting, meaningful relationships. Scrupulously researched and unsparingly honest, Unhooked is an eye-opening look at how young people cope with the dating challenges they confront every day.

About the Author:
Laura Sessions Stepp is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who specializes in covering adolescents and young adults for the Washington Post

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Editorial Reviews

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"Hooking up" has become a pervasive practice, but what exactly does it mean? According to Laura Sessions Stepp, a journalist who specializes in teen problems, it can denote anything from a few kisses to hot-and-heavy intercourse. The operative part of the definition is its detachability, the sense that sex relationships can be hooked and unhooked as easily as a bra. Of course, for decades our culture has encouraged high school and college age men to regard sex as a guilt-free field of dreams. But can girls really act like boys and get away with it? Stepp doesn't think so. She thinks that the movement from commitment to casual encounters comes with a high emotional price. Both lively and erudite, Unhooked offers a revealing look at hook-up culture and its aftermath.
Booklist
A must-read for young women grappling with important sexual decisions.
Kathy Dobie
Stepp is most thought-provoking when she considers the culture at large: All the females she interviews come from reasonably well-off families, we're told, and all are ambitious. "Hooking up enables a young woman to practice a piece of a relationship, the physical, while devoting most of her energy to staying on the honor roll . . . playing lacrosse . . . and applying to graduate programs in engineering."
— The Washington Post
Library Journal
Washington Post journalist Stepp covers teenagers, but even she was surprised after spending time with three adolescent girls in an effort to understand the new concept of hooking up. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"The expert discussion is enhanced by Ellen Archer's no-nonsense reading.... I can't imagine a more skilled and appealing performance." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400103997
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2007
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 9 CDs, 10 hrs. 30 min.
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Laura Sessions Stepp is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, currently at the Washington Post.

Ellen Archer is an acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of a coveted Audie Award for For the Love of a Dog (available from Tantor).

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Table of Contents

Foreword     xiii
Introduction     1
Hooking Up: What It Means (Jamie's Story)     19
What It Looks Like, What It Feels Like     65
High School (Stories of Sienna, Anna and Mieka)     67
College (Nicole's Story)     111
How We Got There     149
Feminism (Shaida's Story)     151
Parents and the Greenhouse Effect (Cleo's Story)     180
The College Environment (Victoria's Story)     207
Hooking Up: Why It Matters (Alicia's Story)     235
A Letter to Mothers and Daughters     275
Afterword to the Paperback Edition     287
Acknowledgments     301
Notes     305
Index     311
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