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American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 1:25pm to 2:40pm

Klarman Hall, KG70 (Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium)
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

This speaker is part of a lecture series for the class "Controversies About Inequality."

About the book: "A revelatory account of the new culture of sex that has come to dominate the American college experience.

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?'"

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Sociology, Center for the Study of Inequality


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Clara Elpi


Lisa Wade

Speaker Affiliation

Occidental College

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