Coverage extends to sexual consent and sexual responsibility; harassment and freedom of speech; privacy; censorship and pornography; impact of film and literature on sexual relationships; and university and governmental regulation of intimate relationships, such as interracial relationships and student-professor relationships. This interdisciplinary journal publishes peer-reviewed theoretical articles based on logical argumentation and literature review and empirical articles describing the results of experiments and surveys on the ethical, cultural, psychological, social, or political implications of sexual behavior. The journal also publishes book reviews, and critical reviews of literature and other media. Issue 5, October Rights and permissions.
How hookup culture is changing sexual norms - The Chronicle
Hookup culture dominates the social scene of American college campuses today, including Duke. Here at Duke, I have overheard complaints about this culture and how to prevent it, but the reality is that it is a widespread instilled mindset in adolescents around the nation that physical intimacy no longer necessitates emotional intimacy. And though hookup culture, for Duke students, may conjure up memories of questionable nights at Shooters and late-night walks back to dorm rooms, the reality of this culture may represent something more important than we initially think. While the traditional perception of hookup culture may dictate shame, this culture may actually have deeper roots in a widespread movement of progressive and changing sexual norms in our society. And though there are definite negatives surrounding hookup culture, like increased sexual health risk, one important aspect we often fail to consider is how it changes sexual norms in a way that makes them less taboo, easier to talk about, and overall more transparent.
Hook-up activities may include a wide range of sexual behaviors, such as kissing, oral sex, and penetrative intercourse. However, these encounters often transpire without any promise of, or desire for, a more traditional romantic relationship. A review of the literature suggests that these encounters are becoming increasingly normative among adolescents and young adults in North America, representing a marked shift in openness and acceptance of uncommitted sex. We reviewed the current literature on sexual hookups and considered the multiple forces influencing hookup culture, using examples from popular culture to place hooking up in context. We argue that contemporary hookup culture is best understood as the convergence of evolutionary and social forces during the developmental period of emerging adulthood.