Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both [NOOK Book]

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Features a new Afterword for this edition. A controversial look at today's sexual hook-up culture, and "[a] book...you won't stop talking about."-Patricia Cornwell

From the front lines of today's sexual battlefield comes an eye-opening examination of the hookup culture, seen through the personal experiences of the teenage girls and young women who live it-and who are left unprepared for its consequences. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author ...
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Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both

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Overview

Features a new Afterword for this edition. A controversial look at today's sexual hook-up culture, and "[a] book...you won't stop talking about."-Patricia Cornwell

From the front lines of today's sexual battlefield comes an eye-opening examination of the hookup culture, seen through the personal experiences of the teenage girls and young women who live it-and who are left unprepared for its consequences. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author presents a disturbing and enlightening indictment of the hookup culture, the social forces that contribute to it, and what can be done to change it.


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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101217559
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 430,278
  • File size: 458 KB

Meet the Author

Laura Sessions Stepp is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist who specializes in covering teenagers and young adults for the Style section of The Washington Post. Her work has appeared in such publications as Parent, Child, Working Mother, Reader's Digest, and Harvard’s Nieman Reports. She has twice been a resident scholar at the National Academy of Sciences, has served as a member of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Healthy People 2000 panel on adolescence and chairs the board of advisors of the Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families at the University of Maryland. Stepp, who has three grown children, lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband.
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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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  • Posted November 5, 2008

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    Loved It!

    Recommended by my aunt, I found this book very insightful into today's society. I loved that the author threw herself into the lives of her subjects and yet offered unbiased critiques rather than condemning their lifestyles. It made me examine my life and choices and I highly recommend it to my peers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    A Must Read for Parents of High Schoolers and College Aged Kids

    As a parent we try and convey to our children understanding and compassion when it comes to their love lives. But what I didn't understand was the affect of how we raised them to be such strong women that they somehow have to compete in every facet of their lives and have since seemed to have lost the ability to attach or have emotional relationships with young men. I have learned that the 'hooking up' culture that prevails in high schools and colleges is not an innocent game of trying to figure out who you like but a emotionless sexual experience that leaves you with a sense of emptiness and sadness. A must read for moms and their daughters who have a need to understand and hopefully prevent emotionless relations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

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    this a great book for girls who do not realize how dangerous emotionally to be part of the hookup scene. it can really damage one's self esteem. this a great book, and studies are just jaw-dropping. i was really inspired by this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    Definitely Recommended

    I'm only about 100 pages into this book and I love it, it has really made me think about where I stand. Although I don't see these situations first hand, I feel like I can relate to them, because I am a woman, and recognize the confused feelings. I will write more when I finish the book, but right now it's highly recommended

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