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A revelatory account of the new culture of sex that has come to dominate the American college experience.

The hookup is now part of college life. Yet the drunken encounter we always hear about tells only a fraction of the story. Rising above misinformation and moralizing, Lisa Wade offers the definitive account of this new sexual culture and demonstrates that the truth is both more heartening and more harrowing than we thought.

Offering invaluable insights for parents, educators, and students, Wade situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the unfinished feminist revolution. Using new research, she maps out a punishing emotional landscape marked by unequal pleasures, competition for status, and sexual violence. She discovers that the most privileged students tend to like hookup culture the most, and she considers its effects on racial and sexual minorities, students who "opt out," and those who participate ambivalently.

Accessible and open-minded, compassionate and brutally honest, American Hookup explains where we are and how we got here, asking not "How do we go back?" but "Where do we go from here?"

About the Author

Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of "American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus," "Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions," and the editor of "Assigned: Life with Gender." She has also published over two dozen research papers, book chapters, and educational essays. She is also the principal writer for the blog, Sociological Images, and appears frequently in print, radio, and television news and opinion outlets. Learn more at lisa-wade.com.

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