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Premarital Sex in AmericaHow Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying$
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Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199743285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743285.001.0001

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The College Campus

The College Campus

Sex 101?

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(p.101) Four The College Campus
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Premarital Sex in America
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Mark Regnerus (Contributor Webpage)

Jeremy Uecker

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743285.003.0004

This chapter considers the sex lives of college students, beginning with an extended discussion of the hookup. In-person interviews describe what hooking up means and what it’s looked like in their own lives. According to recent estimates, hookup sex remains a minority practice because many students never do it, many that have do so irregularly, and plenty of hookups stop well short of intercourse. The chapter also explores the ramifications of gender ratio imbalances for how women perceive men on campus, and how they go about pursuing romantic relationships with them. The chapter also documents the sexualization of campus life, which contrasts with the average sexual lives of many collegians, especially when compared with young Americans who are not enrolled in college at all — these remain the most sexually prolific group in the country. The chapter ends by discussing how social networking and texting have altered the sexual landscape on campus.

Keywords:   fraternities, Tom Wolfe, hooking up, social networking, sex ratios, advertising, sexualization

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