In the second chapter of her book Hooking up, Kathleen Bogle describes the history of how the dominant intimacy script shifted from dating to hooking up. She begins by responding to calls from various media outlets for a return to a more conservative sexual morality, which usually involve condemnations of hookup culture. She points out that dating is also a recent phenomenon, and that it replaced what came before it just as mush as hooking up replaced dating. The point of this chapter is to detail the transitions in intimacy scripts that led to dating, away from dating, and to hooking up.
In her TIME Magazine article “The Sexual Assault Crisis On American Campuses,” Eliza Gray describes how the rape reports leading to the media labeling The University of Montana in Missoula a “rape capital” shouldn’t be considered unique to Montana. Instead, she argues, they should be understood as consistent with a terrifying national reality.
In the article “The Public and Hidden Sexualities Of Filipina Women in Lebanon, Hayeon Lee examines how migrant women’s, specifically Filipina women’s, sexuality is socially regulated in Lebanon. The article explains that since 1975, migrant women have replaced Lebanese and other Arab women as the primary demographic for the domestic labor force. Filipina women have their sexuality regulated in Lebanon because they usually fulfill the role of live-in maid, so their employers are concerned with their sexual morality since they live in the house.
To understand the relationship between sex and society, I’d say the social institution is the most important theoretical concept. It provides a concrete way to describe immaterial, often invisible phenomenon. It’s easy to examine a material object in front of you on the table, but to examine structurally complex societal forces, you need some way to shrink the universe down a bit. The concept of the social institution lets us discuss entities that are real but can’t be pointed to materially. It basically means a network of people tied together through a particular way of viewing the world.
The University of Virginia recently suspended all fraternity activity on their campuses following an article that ran in Rolling Stone profiling the experience of a girl who had been gang raped at a frat party her freshman year. Nothing fraternity-related can happen until January 9. You can read the original Rolling Stone article as well as a news release here.
Bill Cosby’s been in the news lately, and not in the good way. A list of women that seems to grow daily has recently accused him of sexual assault and rape at various points through his career. Cosby denies the charges while ever more women come forward with graphic accounts of sexual harassment, drug-facilitated rape, and power abuse. The accusations began in 2004, but have been picking up steam only recently in the media.
Here’s a partial list of the accusations:
Last summer the renowned conservative columnist George Will published an article in the Washington Post about campus sexual assault that caused serious controversy: You can read it here: