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Author examines ‘hookup’ culture on college campuses

Author Lisa Wade will present her book 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Room LL 1101 of the Library.

Author Lisa Wade will present her book 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Room LL 1101 of the Library.

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Author Lisa Wade will present her book American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 in LL 1101 of the Library Building. According to Amazon.com:

“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?”

The presentation is sponsored by the Campus Activity Board, SAAFE Club, Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force, Sociology Club, Psychology Club, and the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Dean of Students.

Lisa Wade is an associate professor at Occidental College. Her books include issues of gender.

 

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