Review of Unhooked by Laura Sessions Stepp

Topics: Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior, Human sexuality Pages: 5 (2121 words) Published: May 11, 2008
The title of the book explains itself. The topic of sex and love with women today can meet both sides of the spectrum. With the evolution of society, from the flapper’s in the 1920’s to the “Independent Women” today, there are many questions to be asked and answers to dissect. What is considered hooking-up exactly? Is there a double standard for men and women when it comes to sex? Where and how does sex fall into place in high school or college? Do parent know what middle-school kids are doing these days? Does the pressure of school, work and being successful effect hooking-up? Is the “Hook-Up” culture the same in America compared to other countries? Will casual sex ruin the practice of long-term relationships and marriage? Is the Media to blame? Chicks before Dicks? Bro’s before Hoe’s? The Hooking-Up phenomenon has taken its course, what’s in store for the future?

I looked up term of “Hooking-up” on, an online dictionary of slang terms. I got two definitions of what people thought hooking-up was, “Hooking up with someone, making out with them, but not going all the way. Note that "hooking up" may mean you went all the way in some places. “To hook up is to do anything from make-out to have sex, with someone you are not in a relationship with.” In UnHooked, Stepp follows several girls who had different agendas on their mind when it came to hooking-up.

There are different meanings and consequences when it comes to hooking up between men and women. It is has been known that men favor casual sex and women favor long-term relationships. This was shown in class by a study, where it said that men are more likely to have sex with a female stranger than a woman having sex with a male stranger. Erik von Markovich, or “Mystery” one of the best “Pick-Up Artist” in the world and also social dynamics expert wrote about this concept. In his book The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed. He explains the main reason behind sex is to survive and replicate. Both men and women need each other to survive and replicate their genes. He talks about the reason women don’t sleep around as much as men do is because since our ancestors, women have greater investments and risks during sexual intercourse. They are at risk of getting pregnant and if that happens, they need to rely on the man’s resources. There are virtually no repercussions for men; ten minutes for him, nine months for her. Men can easily spread their seed and leave, also known today as “hit n’ split” or “rail n’ bail”. If this were to be found out, her reputation would be known as a “slut” which would decrease her prospects of surviving and replicating. This is why women tend to want long-term relationships because in the event it does happen, because they have formed and emotional pair bond between each other. They know their partner will be by her side to rear their child. Decades ago, hooking-up was considered taboo. Back in the 50’s, there was a template that everyone followed. The guy would ask the girl out to milkshakes and burgers and a movie, this would go on for a couple of dates, after the guy courts her female companion, they make their trip to “Lover’s Lane”. It used to be casual dating before sex but as times went liberal, young adults adopted the slogan of “Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll. It seems that things are opposite, to start casual dating, you must hook-up first to see if you’re good enough to date”.

This trend has become a standard in most colleges. College is the best years of your life but it is also the most stressful. Most students are full-time, work part-time jobs, have internships or play sports. Being in a relationship can really be stressful and distracting, which is un-needed. This is why hooking-up has taken over dating because it gives people the physical part and not the emotional part. Usually a person has a “friend-with-benefits” or a “Fuck Buddy”, maybe even two or three of them. There are cases in which...

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