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Laura Carpenter and John DeLamater

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772522

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772522.001.0001

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Hooking Up and Opting Out

Hooking Up and Opting Out

Negotiating Sex in the First Year of College

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(p.128) 6 Hooking Up and Opting Out
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Sex for Life
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Lisa Wade

Caroline Heldman

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814772522.003.0006

This chapter focuses on college students' experiences adapting to the “hookup” culture that pervades many campuses. The first year of college is a life stage transition and this transition requires the negotiation of a new script for sexual expression dictated by hookup culture. Research indicates that two-thirds to three-quarters of students hook up at least once during college. A “hookup” is a nonromantic encounter with a friend or acquaintance that involves an unspecified degree of sexual interaction. In the observations of 44 first-year students, almost two-thirds reported at least one hookup, acquiring up to 13 new sexual partners in their first year. These hookups involved nonrelational sex with strangers, acquaintances, or friends, usually under the influence of alcohol. The study also confirms previous findings about the presence and normalization of men's sexual coercion of women on contemporary U.S. campuses.

Keywords:   hookup culture, sexual expression, nonrelational sex, sexual coercion, college campuses, college students

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