The FSA general meeting on March 5 featured researcher Justin Garcia of the Kinsey Institute.
Garcia spoke in detail about hook-up culture – the history and how it is today. He defined hook-ups as “uncommitted” sexual encounters.
Hook-up culture is not called hook-up behavior because it goes outside the bedroom. Movies, books and reference manuals are now made about hooking-up.
This is very different than previous generations.
50% of women in the 1950s and ’60s were married by 20. 10% of women were unmarried between the ages of 25 and 29. Even bachelorhood was looked down upon in the 1930s, a single man couldn’t get a bank loan.
We discussed the diverse patterns in the animal kingdom.
Garcia asked us to consider how college relationships start, is it by traditional courtship or by means of hooking-up?
He showed us many graphs of his research to illustrate both misunderstandings and trends in casual sexual behavior.
He also discussed the affect that casual sex may have on sexual assault, especially on college campuses. He answered many questions about possible connections and theories.
Thank you, Justin Garcia, for such an interesting and thought-provoking presentation!