Read transcript of Understanding Hookup Culture

1. Read or watch:
Armstrong et al. “Is Hooking Up Bad for Young Women?” Blackboard
Read transcript of Understanding Hookup Culture and refer to
“Understanding Hookup Culture” Study Guide and Charts. Blackboard
Lecture: From Calling to Hooking Up
Film: The Spitting Game

Recommended, but not required:
Kimmel, “Hooking Up: Sex in Guyland.” Blackboard
Denizet-Lewis, “Friends, Friends with Benefits and the Benefits of the Local Mall.” Blackboard

2. Go to “Quizzes” in “Course Materials” and take “Quiz #5.” The quiz will be posted by Wednesday, February 5 at 12pm (noon). The quiz will not have questions on Sex: The Revolution (Episode 4).

3. Participate in a group discussion on Blackboard that responds to the prompts below.

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1. The readings this week and one of the films focus on hookup culture and friends with benefits. How widespread do you think hookup culture is among adolescents and young adults? Has hooking up replaced “dating”? Do most relationships among young adults begin as hookups? Is hookup culture strongest at colleges or is it equally or more prevalent among young adults who do not attend college or have completed college? Based on your experiences and observations how do different social groups (racial/ethnic, age, social class) relate to hookup culture? Be sure to use course materials to support your answers, but you may also refer to personal experiences; experiences of friends, family members or acquaintances; or other sources of evidence. If you use personal experience make sure you describe the sociological features (e.g. class, age, race, religion, sexual orientation) of the contexts you describe.

2. The lecture and readings raise and address two conservative critiques of the growing prevalence of hookup culture and friends with benefits among adolescents and young adults. Summarize one of the critiques and assess the validity of its claims and concerns. Is it raising important problems for relationships today? Are the critics overreacting? Be sure to use course materials to support your answers, but you may also draw on personal experiences or other sources.

3. Is there or could there be a strong culture that challenges the male status games while also supporting the sexual liberation that so many women value? And is/could this culture be pluralistic enough to support hookups, committed relationships, and relationship types in-between without privileging one type over the others?

Rules for discussion 5
• Everyone must contribute to two of three prompts.

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