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Asuri Divya Asuri Dr. Parrenas Sociology-220 1 December 2011 Hooking Up Associated Conflicts of ‘Hooking Up’ Forty years ago, the ‘correct’ way to form an intimate relationship with someone usually consisted of a set, standard process of asking someone on a date, moving into a committed relationship and then only engaging in intimate affairs. However, today, this so called ‘process’ has been blurred by youth who prefer to casually ‘hook-up’ before taking the next step and engaging in a committed relationship. Author Katherine Bogle expands on this idea in her book, Hooking Up: Sex, Dating and Relationships on Campus . She elaborates on the fact that specifically in college campuses, dating is becoming almost non-existent and that the primary way of creating relationships is through hooking-up. Bogle defines hooking up as “anything ‘ranging from kissing to having sex,’ and that it takes place outside the context of commitment” (Bogle, 29). Similar to Bogle, Anthony Giddens, a British sociologist also expands on how the meaning of intimacy has changed in the 20 th century in Chapter 4 of his book, The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality, Love, and Eroticism in Modern Societies . He expands further on the idea of gender roles within relationships as well. Though Giddens does agree with Bogle to a certain extent regarding her views on hooking up, both authors differ in that they both expand further on different aspects of intimate relationships—Bogle on just hooking up and Giddens on the various types of ‘love.’ Both Bogle and Giddens share similar views on how the meaning of sex and dating have changed over time and its significance. In her book, Bogle explains her idea of how the formation of relationships has changed over the 20 th century. Bogle first describes the period before the formal “dating” period that formed in the 1920s, called the “calling era,” where
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Asuri “‘respectable’ young men would ‘call’ on respectable young women at their home” (Bogle, 12). After the calling era, came the formal dating era, which consisted of the man taking the women out of her home and resulted in a steady, committed relationship. It eventually became a “universal custom in America,” one that lasted for next 50 years (Bogle, 14). The Hooking-Up Era, according to Bogle, arose from college parties in which students “generally consumed alcohol while trying to meet new people with whom they could potentially become sexual intimate” (Bogle, 21). In her explanation, Bogle describes that the main reason college students began hooking up was the introduction of alcohol to the party scene. She also heavily
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