If you asked me to describe college in three general words I would probably say Academics, Activities, and Alcohol. I call these the three A’s of college, and although they constitute a huge aspect of many people’s college experience, I would like to focus on alcohol in particular. More specifically I want to address the role that alcohol plays in hooking up. I’m sure we are all aware of alcohol’s role as a social drink or “social lubricant”. Certain students get drunk to fit in with the crowd while others use this distorted state of mind to give them the confidence pursue a hookup. Some men also encourage girls to drink lots of alcohol so that they are more likely to want to engage in intimate activity due to their drunken state of mind. This concept of alcohol as a sexual tool is the theme for the popular comedy, “Superbad”.
In the movie “Superbad”, Seth, Evan, and Fogell are three nerdy virgins who want to get laid before going to college. When a gorgeous girl named Jules asks Seth to buy her alcohol for her party, he sees this as a ticket for sex. The movie perfectly analyses the perceived role that alcohol plays in the sexual context: it is a ticket to getting laid. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work out quite the way Seth wants it to.
Seth is rejected:
Kathleen A. Bogle studies the connection between alcohol and hook up by interviewing college students in “Hooking Up”. She concludes that “Without alcohol as a social lubricant, it is unlikely that college students would be able to signal interest in a hookup” (Bogle 47). On an even more negative note, alcohol is occasionally associated with sexual assault or rape. ICASA reminds us that “A person under the influence of drugs or alcohol can’t consent to sexual activity. If consent isn’t given, it is rape”. This implies that any intoxicated person who engages in sex has been raped. So based on strict definition, Seth’s plan to get Jules drunk and have sex with her is really a mode of sexual assault. Clearly, the lines are very blurred when it comes to alcohol as a sexual tool.
I personally see alcohol used as a tool for hooking up every weekend. Do you notice this same trend? Is the “help” of alcohol as a sexual tool damaging to our society? To what point would you consider drunk intimacy illegal? Is alcohol as a social tool a modern phenomenon? Have you engaged in this trend?