In the piece, she takes up what are, to her, the merits of the hook-up culture.
Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Reinforcing the 21st century: Separate each address with a comma. In , Hanna Rosin wrote a pretty devastating feature article in The Atlantic titled The End of Men , which argued that women are outpacing and outperforming men in the postindustrial economy. The true end turns out to be something rather nasty. Login Login Lost my Password. This was true of both men and women, but was felt more intensely by women.
That the hook-up culture is thriving on college campuses--thanks, in large part, to the women who drive it--is another sign that women are replacing men as the alphas of society. So Rosin's argument goes. To Rosin, the hook-up culture is good because women enjoy it and it frees them from the shackles of having a relationship.
Tali may be the exception. This was true of both men and women, but was felt more intensely by women.
Eventually, Tali, like these other women, came to the conclusion that she didn't like the hook-up culture after all. Despite this contradiction, Rosin needs to connect the hook-up culture to power because her entire thesis about the "end of men" relies on the rising power of women--power that they secured through the gains of feminism.
This is why she argues explicitly the progress of women relies on the hook-up culture: Maybe for Rosin and other feminists, it is. But most normal college-aged women are like Tali.
So what is the true end of the hook-up culture? The true end turns out to be something rather nasty. The reason you feel especially empowered during a hook up--more so than, say, with a vibrator--is because you are not just getting "no strings attached" sex from the hook up as you would with a vibrator , but you are getting it from a living, breathing person. When feminists do this, it's called empowerment.
When men do it, it's called sexual assault. Crafting a Life that Matters , forthcoming from Crown in January Jason King is Professor of Theology at St.
Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. He is also editor of the Journal of Moral Theology.
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He loves donuts, as do his three kids. I would echo the need for more research, since these discussions can get very anecdotal. Thanks for this post. Have you read the recent piece in Atlantic Monthly arguing that hook-ups are just part of life now, not devastating, not a barrier to long term relationships in college or intimacy?
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