Sex, College, and Social Media: A Commonsense Guide to Navigating the Hookup Culture

Sex, College, and Social Media: A Commonsense Guide to Navigating the Hookup Culture

by Cindy Pierce


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Sex in college has never been simple. And with modern technology, the rising rates of sexual assault and STDs, and an increasingly ambiguous hookup culture, it is getting ever more complex. Sex, College, and Social Media: A Commonsense Guide to Navigating the Hookup Culture is a compassionate, funny, and well-researched primer for the modern college student, both male and female. It covers a range of topics, including: How improved communication can make sex better for everyone Ways that porn and the media have warped our expectations Trustworthy information about STDs and contraception How to have a healthy relationship with alcohol and drugs What terminology is appropriate and respectful to use for all things LGBTQ The facts about sexual assault on campus, and what to do if you or someone you know is assaulted Consent and much more Based on author Cindy Pierce's experience talking to college students and on extensive social and medical research, Sex, College, and Social Media provides trustworthy answers for pressing questions about all aspects of the college social scene. It will prepare entering freshmen for their new environment and continue to provide helpful and supportive guidance through senior year and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629561714
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/06/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Cindy Pierce is a sex educator and comic storyteller who is on a mission to give students perspective and information so that they can better navigate cultural, media, and peer pressures, particularly around their social lives and sexual relationships. By weaving together expert opinions, personal anecdotes, and the real feedback of today’s college and high school students, Pierce helps make those ‘difficult’ conversations a little less difficult for everyone.

For more than a decade, Pierce has spoken at schools across the country about the importance of consent and communication in sexual relationships. She is the author of Sexploitation: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn-Driven World and co-author of Finding the Doorbell: Sexual Satisfaction for the Long Haul, in addition to her new book for college students. Pierce has been interviewed on NPR’s Here & Now, was honored as one of 14 Remarkable Women of the Arts in New Hampshire magazine, and is an in-demand speaker at college and high schools nationwide, where she consistently receives glowing praise from students and administrators nationwide for her honest and humorous approach to sex education.

Pierce lives in Etna, New Hampshire, where she and her husband run Pierce’s Inn with the help of their three kids.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 The Misinformation Age: How the Media Warps Expectations 1

2 Connecting: Navigating the World of Texting, Twitter, and Tinder 21

3 Unplugging: Relating to Something Other Than Your Phone 43

4 Porn: How Pornography Impacts Your (Real-Life) Sexual Relationships 53

5 Better Sex: How to Find Pleasure and Connection 69

6 Alcohol: How to Have a Smarter Relationship with Substances in College 91

7 Sexual Assault: Knowing the Facts and Advocating for Change 101

8 LGBTQ: Getting Informed and Showing Respect 125

9 Safer Sex: What You Need to Know About STIs and Contraception 141

A Final Word 167

Resources 169

Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors 169

Sexual Assault Vocabulary to Know 171

Program Models for Sexual Assault Prevention Efforts 175

Glossary of Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Terms 181

Acknowledgments 189

Notes 193

References 205

Index 215

About the Author 225

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