Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Provocative, Important Book about 'Hookup Culture'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Provocative, Important Book about 'Hookup Culture'

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A provocative, important book about 'hookup culture'

Young people across the country are having more sexual contact than ever before at an earlier age. They call it "hooking up," but even the kids who use the term can't agree on its definition. It can range from an innocent kiss to almost anything.

In researching her latest book, Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both, Laura Sessions Stepp, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who specializes in covering teenagers and young adults for the Washington Post, followed three groups of young women-one in high school and two in college. She explores how today's "hooking up" differs from the "free love" or casual sex of previous generations and how it has replaced dating among many high school and college students.

Stepp calls her book Unhooked because the defining characteristic of the hookup culture is the ability to "unhook" from a partner at any time. She shows how complex and firmly entrenched the culture is and how it has affected the thoughts, feelings, behaviors and aspirations of this generation-including girls who want no part of it.

The author argues that hookups have a significant downside. She says they leave young women unprepared for both the steadfastness and flexibility that long-term loving relationships require. …

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