Healing A Hookup Culture Through The Goods Of Marriage

Timothy P. O’Malley

On a typical college campus, everyone has something to say about hookup culture. Some students view the hookup as a form of liberation, shattering the last vestiges of sexual mores upheld now only by religious institutions. Others set up an alternative culture, seeking spaces where sexual purity is considered the coin of the realm.

In both cases, the hookup is assessed fundamentally as a sexual phenomenon. Yet, as Donna Freitas has demonstrated in The End of Sex, the root cause of the hookup is less about a promiscuous attitude toward sex and more about an inability to communicate and thus commit.

Afraid to share the deepest dimensions of one’s life with another person, one seeks out a pseudo-communion through uncommitted sexual activity.

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