The hookup culture

From reading “Girls and Sex” by Peggy Orenstein, I see the book being very relatable for many people. A lot of what the interviewees said about the hookup culture is true; especially for myself being a university student and seeing others at parties.  I chose not to engage in certain party behaviours for many personal reasons.  I personally believe “hooking up” with a complete stranger is risky especially when you don’t know anything about them. You don’t know if they have illness’s or diseases. So I questioned why strangers hookup with one another while not knowing anything about each other or what they may have etc. I see so many people at parties that are so willing to hook up with a complete stranger who they legitimately just met on the dance floor. There are so many diseases that can be transmitted from one person to another so easily; which most people don’t ever think they will catch from someone else in a setting like a party. Just from reading how the girls interviewed in “Girls and Sex” would describe their hookups as casual and no feelings attached, makes me wonder is the possibility to catch HIV, mono, STDs etc. really worth it if you have no emotional feelings to that person?  Recently on the news, a guy who was aware he had AIDS matched on Tinder with a girl. He did not notify the girl about his status and they had unprotected sex. He was later charged.  The hookup culture is very risky especially when you do not know the person.


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