Sex without commitment, more popularly known as the ‘hook-up culture’, has received little attention for decades. Today, it’s a totally different story — this is now widely talked about in college campuses. It must have started with the book written by Donna Freitas, the Sex and the Soul, but even with this, little is known what really happens in Catholic universities and colleges. The new book by Jason King will try to fill in the gap
King is known as a moral theologian who works at St. Vincent’s College, which is based in Pennsylvania, but his research on the other hand is based on ‘field work’. He considered over 1,000 surveys and interviews of students, all hailing from 26 Catholic Schools, with the intention to learn about their sexual values, attitudes, and practices while on campus.
It can be observed that people often talk about the hook-up culture, but in King’s book, people will get to see that there are different types of cultures. It all depends upon the person’s perspective. Some students like hooking up and are not ashamed about it. Others on other hand reject it or feel that they are being coerced to engage in the act. Some of these end up in violence while others surprisingly lead to healthy relationships. It is difficult to address the hook-up culture though in a clean way.
To make it more complicated, King categorized schools as being ‘very’ Catholic, ‘mostly’ Catholic, and ‘somewhat’ Catholic. Those who study in very Catholic campuses were more hostile to hook-up culture. Surprisingly, this was more accepted in ‘mostly’ Catholic campuses instead of ‘somewhat’ Catholic campuses.
Those who were considered regulars in the hook-up college community consisted of about 20% of the population and are the disproportionately privileged like the white, rich, those that come from elite schools, and the like. It implies that this lifestyle comes with a cost and it so happens that more privileged students are the ones who are willing to embrace it.