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Feminism and the Hookup Culture

July 23, 2013 | Karin

For our readers interested in feminism and its role in fostering the hookup culture on campus, read Mona Charen’s column this morning, The Hookup Hoax She begins:

Noting the comeback campaigns of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner in New York, feminist author Hanna Rosin wonders why “50 years into the sexual revolution” women politicians lag so far behind men in the sex-scandal tally. She notes biological and evolutionary explanations only to reject them in favor of the idea that women are just too unused to power to abuse it in that way. She’s cheered, though, by surveys showing that younger women are cheating on their spouses almost as much as men, and confidently looks forward to the not-too-distant day when we’ll “find ourselves willing to look past the indiscretions” of women philanderers too.

Welcome to the feminist paradise, where the ideal is for women to model themselves not just on men, but on the worst men.

This is a powerful line — “Welcome to the feminist paradise, where the ideal is for women to model themselves not just on men, but on the worst men.”

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Feminism has failed women by trying to measure our success in a way that doesn’t take into account differences between men and women.  Do feminists really see it as a sign of women’s advancement for women to have political sex scandals like men?  Or embrace the hookup culture?  Charen continues:

This is the new brainwashing. Women have been sold (and sold and sold) on the notion that happiness and fulfillment are to be found in careers. Marriage and children are items to be calendared after the M.B.A., J.D., or Ph.D. Sex is recreation. Getting attached to the human being behind the sex organ can limit your internship options.

Cheerleading articles like Hanna Rosin’s 2012 Atlantic piece “Boys on the Side” argue that, far from enduring the “hookup culture,” women are enjoying their promiscuous freedom. The New York Times piece is in that mold.

I don’t believe it for a second. Neither article bothers to deny what all of the research shows — namely, that women get themselves sloppy drunk before they engage in “hookups.” If casual, anonymous sex is so enjoyable for women, why the need to anesthetize themselves first?

Is this true empowerment, independence and liberation?

Women should reconsider the role feminism has played in fostering the hookup culture on campus and the ill effects this has had on women.

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