It is well known that most college students engage at one time or another in what is known as a “hookup” — an emotionless, commitment-less sexual encounter.
Yesterday, I interviewed Donna Freitas, author of “The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture is Leaving a Generation Unhappy, Sexually Unfulfilled, and Confused About Intimacy.”
In our dialogue, we agreed that her book subtitle was accurate, but we disagreed as to the cause. Freitas, who holds a Ph.D. in religious studies, blamed it on peer pressure, the sex-drenched social media of young people and the ubiquity of pornography. I blamed three other culprits: feminism, careerism and secularism.
As Esfehani Smith wrote in her review of the book for the Wall Street Journal: “In the book’s conclusion, Ms. Freitas says that she wants young adults to have ‘good sex,’ a category that can include, she suggests, hooking up — as long as students recognize that casual sex is ‘just one option among many.’ Yet this jars with the nearly 200 preceding pages on the corrosive effects of casual sex.”
Kudos, then to Dr. Freitas for delineating the tragedy. But I suspect that it is her very Ph.D. that prevents her from understanding either the roots of this human tragedy or its solution. Both would involve the moral and intellectual rejection of the very institution that granted it to her.
Also recommended, from RedState.com: “Hyper-sexualized, asexual America.”