Opinion | Sexuality

Hookup Culture: Mostly a Myth

Last Sunday's NYT piece only perpetuates the idea that college students are hooking up frequently, and that if they aren't, they should be.

When I picked up the Style section of The New York Times last Sunday, I was excited to see the front-page feature, "The New Math on Campus," a look at how the gender imbalance on college campuses (60 percent women, 40 percent men at some schools) is affecting the dating scene. I research, write, and lecture on sex, romance, and abstinence on college campuses, and especially on how these life experiences relate to students' quest for meaning in general and spiritual and religious commitments in particular. The article quoted young women bemoaning the dearth of datable guys at UNC Chapel Hill, which they say means all the guys get to be players—at least for a while, living it up with any girl they want because the girls are desperate:

"A lot of my friends will meet someone and go home for the night and just hope for the best the next morning," Ms. Lynch said. "They'll text them and say: 'I had a great time. Want to hang out next week?' And they don't respond." Even worse, "Girls feel ...
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