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Read the Gawker ReviewListen to her NPR InterviewThe Sociology of "Hooking Up": Author Interview on Inside Higher EdNewsweek: Campus SexpertsWatch Bogle's interview on CBS-->Hookup culture creates unfamiliar environment - to parents, at leastHooking Up: What Educators Need to Know - An op-ed on CHE by the authorIt happens every weekend: In a haze of hormones and alcohol, groups of male and female college students meet at a frat party, a bar, or hanging out in a dorm room, and then hook up for an evening of sex first, questions later. As casually as the sexual encounter begins, so it often ends with no strings attached; after all, it was ?just a hook up.? While a hook up might mean anything from kissing to oral sex to going all the way, the lack of commitment is paramount.Hooking Up is an intimate look at how and why college students get together, what hooking up means to them, and why it has replaced dating on college campuses. In surprisingly frank interviews, students reveal the circumstances that have led to the rise of the booty call and the death of dinner-and-a-movie. Whether it is an expression of postfeminist independence or a form of youthful rebellion, hooking up has become the only game in town on many campuses.In Hooking Up, Kathleen A. Bogle argues that college life itself promotes casual relationships among students on campus. The book sheds light on everything from the differences in what young men and women want from a hook up to why freshmen girls are more likely to hook up than their upper-class sisters and the effects this period has on the sexual and romantic relationships of both men and women after college. Importantly, she shows us that the standards for young men and women are not as different as they used to be, as women talk about ?friends with benefits? and ?one and done? hook ups.Breaking through many misconceptions about casual sex on college campuses, Hooking Up is the first book to understand the new sexual culture on its own terms, with vivid real-life stories of young men and women as they navigate the newest sexual revolution.
Read the Gawker ReviewListen to her NPR InterviewThe Sociology of "Hooking Up": Author Interview on Inside Higher EdNewsweek: Campus SexpertsWatch Bogle's interview on CBS-->Hookup culture creates unfamiliar environment - to parents, at leastHooking Up: What Educators Need to Know - An op-ed on CHE by the authorIt happens every weekend: In a haze of hormones and alcohol, groups of male and female college students meet at a frat party, a bar, or hanging out in a dorm room, and then hook up for an evening of sex first, questions later. As casually as the sexual encounter begins, so it often ends with no strings attached; after all, it was ?just a hook up.? While a hook up might mean anything from kissing to oral sex to going all the way, the lack of commitment is paramount.Hooking Up is an intimate look at how and why college students get together, what hooking up means to them, and why it has replaced dating on college campuses. In surprisingly frank interviews, students reveal the circumstances that have led to the rise of the booty call and the death of dinner-and-a-movie. Whether it is an expression of postfeminist independence or a form of youthful rebellion, hooking up has become the only game in town on many campuses.In Hooking Up, Kathleen A. Bogle argues that college life itself promotes casual relationships among students on campus. The book sheds light on everything from the differences in what young men and women want from a hook up to why freshmen girls are more likely to hook up than their upper-class sisters and the effects this period has on the sexual and romantic relationships of both men and women after college. Importantly, she shows us that the standards for young men and women are not as different as they used to be, as women talk about ?friends with benefits? and ?one and done? hook ups.Breaking through many misconceptions about casual sex on college campuses, Hooking Up is the first book to understand the new sexual culture on its own terms, with vivid real-life stories of young men and women as they navigate the newest sexual revolution.

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Hooking up is easy to do if you're a college student wanting to be popular. Go to a local bar frequented by students, get drunk, make eye contact with someone in the group you're with, or that you recognize. What happens next may be a matter of negotiation and local expectations, but contrary to popular misconceptions, it doesn't always mean you'll have casual sex, oral or otherwise -- or lead to a commitment or friendship. Bogle interviewed 76 students and alumni at two universities (one a state university, the other a large state university) from 2001-2006. She discusses the demise of dating, the move from hooking up to " friends with privileges", the "booty" call (late night requests for sex), the role of sexual standards and expectations. Women may have more sexual freedom (hooking up is described by one respondent as a "guy's paradise"), but generally, women engage in hooking up anticipating a friendship or relationship while men "play the field." After graduation, dating resumes as individuals focus on future concerns. Hooking up may be a way of postponing committment while addressing sexual urges. Bogle tries to be objective, frequently using respondents' own words. Key chapter: Hooking up and dating Concluding sentence: " I hope my work will give students the opportunity to reflect on what they are doing, why they are doing it, and will ultimately help them to make informed and possibly better, decisions about their lives. "
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Hooking-up" is the term du jour, connoting a wide range of consensual sexual activities, with no pretense of starting a relationship, between young, mostly college-age students. This study by Bogle, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at LaSalle University-based on 76 interviews with mostly white college students and recent graduates from 2001 to 2006-gives a wide range of voices and opinions on hooking-up culture. While there are few surprises (women are still, for the most part, subjected to a punishing sexual double standard)-Bogle is a smart interviewer and gets her subjects to reveal intimate and often embarrassing details without being moralizing. She interrogates her subjects about alcohol use, the relationship of gay and lesbian students to hook-up culture, and opting out of hook-up culture. Bogle's work is important because it offers a complex portrait of young people grappling the best way they know how with the sexual realities of a rapidly changing world. Although limited in scope, this evenhanded, sympathetic book on a topic that has received far too much sensational and shoddy coverage is an important addition to the contemporary literature on youth and sexuality. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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