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Hooking Up

In the book, Hooking Up, the author, Kathleen Bogle, devotes most of her research to interviewing male and female undergraduates and alumni. Throughout her book, she uses various methods to expose the complexity of hookups and the actualities of the gender “rules” on college campuses. The techniques Bogle uses are: explaining the norms of the hooking up culture prior to the twentieth century, describing how the ambiguity of the term “hooking up” on college campuses creates misconstrued ideas about other college students, and comparing the difference between males and females in the hook up culture. At the beginning of the book, Bogle uncovers the intimate aspects that did not exist prior to the twentieth century. Young men and women were heavily monitored by their parents, families, and the community. Sexual intercourse was forbidden until marriage or until the family had approved of an engagement. Because of this norm, there were not many young men or women who participated in a significant amount of sexual activity. Not until the surfacing of the dating era, did a significant change occur in how much sexual interaction could take place. When dating later became the norm, men and women had newfound sexual freedoms. With men and women no longer under as much parental and communal supervision, a drastic increase in sexual intimacy entered into the dating script. Bogle suggests that in this era, the norm was “necking” and “petting.” “Necking” was referred to as “stimulation from the neck up, remaining covered by clothing” and “petting” included “every caress known to married couples but does not include complete sexual intercourse” ( Bogle, pg 19). Premarital sexual intercourse also happened during this era, but was not the norm. Despite the significant increase in sexual activities, the dating script eventually became less common. As more students attended college, they began to centralize their interests in being accepted among...
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