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Still, with similar proportions of college men and women hooking up, others wonder if hookup culture might be liberating for young women.
Perhaps it’s even a sign that the traditional sexual double standard is a thing of the past. On the one hand, college hookup culture allows women to explore their sexuality in ways that previous generations of women could not.
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Everyone is drinking, peering into their screens and swiping on the faces of strangers they may have sex with later that evening. “Ew, this guy has Dad bod,” a young woman says of a potential match, swiping left.
Sex, if it ever manifested itself in the media, came in the form of a warning: you couldn’t watch a Thai soap opera without seeing the heroine, at least once, be threatened by rape. It wasn’t the kissing that left me incredulous – it was that the two were kissing (and quite passionately at that), without a care as to who could see them.
I told myself that I was a feminist, despite subjecting myself to unfulfilling, emotionally damaging sexual experiences. *** I had a puppy-love relationship with my high school boyfriend, the kind you see in movies.
Eventually, when we’re all awake and have our doors open, one of us will emerge, hair tousled, eyes lidded with sleep, and say, “So, how was your night?
” Although my housemates and I usually begin our evenings at the same party, we often drift off our own ways, either to other parties, back to our rooms, or to other people’s rooms.