It’s always easier to lament a problem than to find a viable solution to it. And that principle goes double for the hook-up culture. The problems are obvious: emotional struggles, sexually transmitted diseases, distrust between the sexes, a shortage of fulfilling relationships. The solutions — or at least the factors that can lessen the prevalence of the hook-up culture and foster healthier dating relationships — are more complicated. They would require colleges, nonprofit groups, parents, and young people themselves to make significant changes to the ways they currently operate. But if we want to actually replace the hook-up culture with a better alternative, here’s where we should start…..
Groups that try to combat the hookup culture and create a more female-friendly dating scene already exist on many campuses. The Network of enlightened Women(NeW) for example, tries to encourage the better side of men by sponsoring a “Gentlemen’s Showcase,” in which chapters nominate and campaign for their nominees to become the national network’s outstanding gentleman of the year.
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Dr. Steven E. Rhoads is a Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, the author of Taking Sex Differences Seriously (on NeW’s book list), and on the board of NeW.