23 Sep

This article (Boys on the Side – Hanna Rosin – The Atlantic) has generated a ton of discussion among my friends in the last couple of days. Some of us think everything in it is terrible, some of us agree with the author that this change is a generally good thing.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of casual hookups. But I think the fact that women can engage in them if they so wish is a good thing for our place in society. Other opinions?


6 Responses to “Fascinating”

  1. ianmulligan08 July 31, 2013 at 3:40 am #

    A subject that is constantly being brought up in dialogue. Each article written by a different journalist lends another perspective. My biggest issue with this article and every article that does this is the usage of statistics. The journalist says, “One of the great crime stories of the past 20 years, meanwhile, is the dramatic decline of rape and sexual assault. Between 1993 and 2008, the rate of those crimes against females dropped by 70 percent nationally.” Where is this statistic from? Part of journalism is reporting your sources.

    • laurenkcampbell July 31, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      This was one of the first articles I read on the topic, so I found it interesting. It’s actually pretty standard not to name sources in journalism to the extent you would in academic writing. Weird, right?

      • ianmulligan08 July 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

        They are usually pretty interesting articles for sure. That just surprises me that is actually not standard to name sources. I can see why you would not name sources. It is pretty weird, you are right.

        • laurenkcampbell July 31, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

          Inline citations are generally used, so I would say things like, “Life is full of corners, crossroads and connections, according to McCulloh.” Or “The Gonzaga Bulletin reports that three students were hit by cars on Sharp Ave this week.”

          But if it’s an easily found fact, etc., it’s more acceptable not to cite EVERYTHING than it would be in academic writing, or at least that’s what I’ve always understood. If that makes sense.

          • ianmulligan08 July 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

            If you ended up doing all the academic citation then you would have a disjointed article correct? When you explain it to me it makes more sense and I can understand it better.

  2. Erin September 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    We talked about this in my women’s studies class last year and opinions were all over the place. In my opinion if women are empowered then we should be empowered to have better sex. How ‘better sex’ is defined depends on the person. To me it comes back to oxytocin and God. God gave us this incredible thing called sex that produces oxytocin that promotes connection. Personally, the most empowering sex I can think of would be within a marriage where we are secure in relationship, not objectifying the other, unashamed of who we both are, with the promise to always love each other.
    The one issue I had with this article though is when it discuss rape and sexual assault. It claimed sexual assault and rape have dramatically declined and that women are harder to victimize. The fact still remains though that sexual crimes are grossly underreported and 1 in 4 college women will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate college.

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