American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

by Lisa Wade
American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

by Lisa Wade

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A revelatory account of the new culture of sex that has come to dominate the American college experience.

The hookup is now part of college life. Yet the drunken encounter we always hear about tells only a fraction of the story. Rising above misinformation and moralizing, Lisa Wade offers the definitive account of this new sexual culture and demonstrates that the truth is both more heartening and more harrowing than we thought.

Offering invaluable insights for parents, educators, and students, Wade situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the unfinished feminist revolution. Using new research, she maps out a punishing emotional landscape marked by unequal pleasures, competition for status, and sexual violence. She discovers that the most privileged students tend to like hookup culture the most, and she considers its effects on racial and sexual minorities, students who “opt out,” and those who participate ambivalently.

Accessible and open-minded, compassionate and brutally honest, American Hookup explains where we are and how we got here, asking not “How do we go back?” but “Where do we go from here?”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393285093
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Lisa Wade is a professor at Tulane University with appointments in Sociology, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Newcomb Institute. An accomplished scholar, award-winning teacher, and public sociologist, she is well known for delivering conversational yet compelling translations of sociological theory and research. She’s the author of Terrible Magnificent Sociology and American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus.

Table of Contents

Author's Note 9

Introduction: The New Culture of Sex 13

1 Hooking Up, a How-To 27

2 How Sex Became Fun 50

3 Sex in Drunkworld 71

4 Opting Out 92

5 Opting In 113

6 Careless and Carefree 134

7 Unequal Pleasures 158

8 Wanting to Be Wanted 180

9 Flirting with Danger 202

10 Moving On 224

Conclusion: Changing the Culture 241

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 253

Sources 265

Index 285

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