Over the course of this semester I have learned a wide variety of topics that all incorporate into the connections between sex and society. While each topic is very important, the one I find most important as a college student is understanding the hook up culture and what can result from it.
When one goes off to college it can be very shocking for some to enter a new environment and have to adjust to what is considered the norm, hook ups. It is understood that many people engage in the hook up culture in college, which can range from kissing to having sex depending on peoples definitions of the word. While some choose not to participate in this specific script, most people do while it can involve pressure from the surroundings. It is very common to participate in certain scripts if your group of friends is also. Alcohol is another contribution that prevalently exists in college life and is a factor in the existence of hook up culture on a college campus. Typically with the consumption of alcohol people have a greater desire or need to hook up with someone. Alcohol not only creates this want but it can lower ones standards where a hook up could happen with just anyone, maybe someone you would never consider hooking up with in a sober state. People’s boundaries are lowered and the typical college parties set up the perfect environment, which can easily facilitate the culture of hook ups. Whether it is a weekday or a weekend, a house party or a frat party, there are many environments that allow for students to go out and potentially find another person to hook up with.
Not only is hook up culture very prevalent where meaningless one night stands occur constantly, but it also adds to a very controversial issue of rape culture. As previously stated alcohol plays an important part of this script and it can lead to incoherent and inebriated individuals. These individuals can be placed in situations that could potentially be very dangerous for them. When participating in the hook up culture it is very important that there is honest and straightforward consent between the two individuals. This consent can be misunderstood or maybe not even necessary if one person or both of them are under the influence of alcohol. As previously learned in class 1 out of 5 women will be sexually assaulted while in college, proving how much this actually occurs and how large of an issue this is. Being a college student, this statistic is very important because it reiterates how this prevalent hook up culture can lead to dangerous situations resulting in a possible sexual assault. This relationship between sex and society is one that should not be taken lightly or blown off because as seen by the numbers it affects a large amount of people and can not only traumatize them but stay with them for the rest of their lives. Meaningless hook ups tend to be the script that most people follow, however it is important these hook ups were consensual and not harming any individual through this cultural script.