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In her second book, journalist Stepp (Our Last Best Shot) gets an inside perspective on the "hookup," which has become the "primary currency of social interaction" between the sexes in high schools and colleges. Though it's clear where Stepp, mother of three, stands in regard to "hooking up"-a no-strings-attached sex act that allows participants "the freedom to unhook" at any time-Stepp has a seasoned pro's ability to step back, examining carefully and sympathetically the "cultural shift" in its particulars, through the individual stories of interviewees, as well as in its broader cultural impact. Inspired by a series of articles she wrote on eighth-grade oral sex rings for The Washington Post in 1998 ("two years before the popularity of oral sex in middle schools percolated through the media"), Stepp avoids breathless sensationalism, preferring instead to explore the meaning of "hooking up," its fallout, potential long-range consequences for women and men, and the factors that have allowed such a shift to take place-wisely asking, "Where are young women's teachers?" rather than "What is wrong with these girls?" Though it would have benefited from a winnowing of interviews, this insightful study is vivid and engaging, and includes a practical conversation guide for mothers and daughters, making it a valuable text for parents that goes beyond the latest the-kids-are-not-alright headlines.
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"Hooking up" is a common phrase among young people today, but as journalist Stepp (author of Our Last Best Shot, 2000) discovered, the term is nebulous in meaning. Covering a range of sexual behavior, hooking up can mean anything from kissing to intercourse, as well as everything in between. Stepp conducted extensive interviews with young women in high school and college to find out how this casual approach to sexual encounters is affecting a generation. What she learned is that in large part hooking up had supplanted dating, with both young men and women eschewing deeper relationships for casual encounters with little or no commitment involved. Stepp looks at how the culture of today fosters these attitudes, noting that when young women are expected to excel at school and have numerous outside activities, many feel they don't have time to form a deeper bond with a significant other. Eye-opening and powerful, Stepp's book also offers empowering advice for women as they navigate today's sexual landscape. Kristine Huntley
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So sensationalistic, I couldn't get through the book. I was expecting real insight into this issue (it is a huge issue, I feel that), but I felt the author was using scare tactics,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Clementine
Really insightful, especially given how the media influences your girls and boys to behave.Published 11 months ago by Danielle Cummins
I highly recomend this book to parents of teenage children and anyone who sees problems in our world where our young adults and teens are experiencing issues with relationships. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sue Darrington
I started this book as a result of reading 'Sex and God at Yale'. I would recommend that sequence as well. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Robert H. Appleby
This was a very interesting book. I had to read it for my graduate class on college student experience and write a paper about it referencing theory, literature, etc. Read morePublished on June 22, 2013 by Papalios
This is an eye opener. I thought I was up to date with this generation, but I was not. I am definitely better prepared in helping my daughters - and knowing what to ask.Published on April 23, 2013 by S. Jones
This title is a very well written peek into how the young teens and adults look at all aspects of sex and its risk reward matrix. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by David Emond