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April 10, 2008

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K.

Isn't that sad? Our culture is so upside down sometimes--rebelling against the strict sexual nature brought on during the 1940s and 50s, people started celebrating the so-called sexual revolution. Nowadays said "revolution" involves STDs, unwanted pregnancies, broken relationships, self-esteem issues, and general discontent.

I love to see people (especially student organizations on campus) moving back towards ideas about sexuality that people may see as restrictive--namely abstinence. I'm 25, and a virgin--yes, sometimes I wonder if I'm making the "right" decision to wait (I don't know if I ever want to be married), but my female inner circle has experimented with sex (3 ladies in their 20s), and they've gotten nothing but broken hearts, STDs, abortions, and drama.

People think chastity is saying "no"--but I think it's saying yes. Saying yes to having the guts to go against the norm and not indulge every single sexual fantasy we may have--it's saying yes to self-respect, and dignity.

AES

K.,
I couldn't agree with you more. I am 22 and still waiting. I made that determination as a teenager, and even though it's not easy I know I will not regret it. I respect my friends choices though they are different from mine and I don't see them as lesser people. But I can't help but notice all the negative effects sexual experimentation has had on their lives. Disease, pregnancy scares, heartbreak and a truly diminished sense of self-worth are not rare these days, they are the norm. I am so grateful to those who are beginning to speak out against it. As a graduating college senior, I sometimes wish I had had more guts to speak out myself.

Christian G.

The phrase "it takes a village" used here appropriately connotes the fact that the standards of the prevailing culture will play an enormous role in influencing the behavior of children, teens and young adults. We can tell people about the benefits of abstinence as much as we'd like, but until the prevailing culture encourages abstinence and discourages promiscuous sexual practice, we will see little change in the rates of broken hearts and STIs.

Katie Gillet

I agree with Christian's comment. Anything from sexual standards to the traditional ways to celebrate Christmas can be set by the community at large, to the point that it seems strange to do anything differently.

Ken

Prof. Frietas' most recent book Sex and the Soul got a major shout-out today (Apr 29) from the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal. Page A11 has a full-column book review down the entire page.

Rofigo de la Mancha

Anscombe Society is NOT sending vital information to young adults. It does not support gay, bisexual, or transgendered individuals.

True Love Revolution, as well as Anscombe Society, also have a heavy religious backing for their arguments. This is highly flawed since using a religion alienates those not of it.

Tell me there are more credible groups than those? I mean, if that's all [we] got, then the normative majority (read: non-religious/non-homophobic) are screwed.

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