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The Effects of the Hook-up Culture

January 8, 2009 | NeW Staff

As usual, the mainstream media continues to hide the success of
abstinence education programs and teen sexuality. Janice Shaw Crouse of
Concerned Women for America discussed the reasons for teen pregnancy in
her recent column. She cites the hook-up culture, particularly
pervasive on college campuses, for the increase in pregnancy. She
writes,

“The increase in teen births was primarily in the 18- to 19-
year-old group—in other words, primarily college students who have
entered an alcohol-and-hook-up saturated environment where only the
strong can stand up against the peer pressure, rampant promiscuity,
co-ed dorms, and anything-goes culture.”

It is so easy to become
numb to these everyday occurrences on college campuses, but it is
dangerous not to recognize how empty and harmful such lifestyle choices
can be for college women. Shaw discusses the increasing number of
pregnant teen celebrities and the acceptance of such behaviors as
normal by our society.

The question in my mind remains, how can we
respond most effectively? NeW has confronted the hook-up culture from
the beginning of its existence and worked to explain the dangers that
go along with such habits.  We must continue to analyze, discuss, and explain not only
the problems with the hook-up culture for women while they are in
college but also evaluate the lasting repercussions that will follow
them long after their college days end.

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