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American Hookup

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Rising above misinformation and moralizing, Lisa Wade offers the definitive account of the new sexual culture on campus.

American Hookup situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the unfinished feminist revolution. With new research, Wade maps out a punishing emotional landscape marked by unequal pleasures, competition for status, and sexual violence. She discovers that privileged students tend to enjoy it the most, and considers its effects on racial and sexual minorities, students who “opt out,” and those who participate ambivalently.

Accessible and open-minded, compassionate and brutally honest, American Hookup explains where we are and how we got here, asking not “How do we go back?” but “Where do we go from here?”.

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Selected praise for American Hookup:

“…the culture surrounding the hookup… is retro, hetero, blotto and — at moments — worryingly psycho.”

– New York Times

“This book is not only excellent; it’s necessary.”

Michael Kimmel, author of Guyland

“…emotional sensitivity and impressive narrative flare…”

Guernica

“…put her on your revolution reading list.”

Autostraddle

“…extraordinary and important…”

Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes

“…the best book about sex on campus, bar none.”

Eric Klinenberg, author of Modern Romance

“…fresh and real—fascinating front-line reporting.”

– Institute for Family Studies

“…an urgently needed and well-researched front-line report…”

Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers in Their Own Land

“…will take your breath away.”

– Center for Public Theology

“…intelligent, sympathetic, and unflinching…”

Cordelia Fine, author of Delusions of Gender

“Beautifully written, timely, and ever so important…”

Huffington Post

“…a strong race and class analysis…”

Bitch

“…she didn’t use the word ‘diddling’ even once!”

– Grandpa

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Articles about hookup culture by the author:

  • Time – “The Birth of College Party Culture”
  • Guardian – “Sex on Campus Isn’t What You Think”
  • Slate –Hookup Culture: For the White and Wealthy”
  • Everyday Sociology – “Sociology and the Culture of Sex on Campus”
  • Los Angeles Times – “The Hookup Culture Bogeyman”
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