Upcoming Event

Lisa Wade

discusses

American Hookup:
The New Culture of Sex on Campus

in conversation with JACLYN FRIEDMAN

This event includes a book signing

Date

Feb
9
Thursday
February 9, 2017
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes sociology professor LISA WADE and JACLYN FRIEDMAN—author of Yes Means Yes and What You Really Really Want—for a discussion of Wade's latest book, American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus.

About American Hookup

The hookup is now part of college life. Yet the drunken encounter we always hear about tells only a fraction of the story. Rising above misinformation and moralizing, Lisa Wade offers the definitive account of this new sexual culture and demonstrates that the truth is both more heartening and more harrowing than we thought.

Offering invaluable insights for parents, educators, and students, Wade situates hookup culture within the history of sexuality, the evolution of higher education, and the unfinished feminist revolution. Using new research, she maps out a punishing emotional landscape marked by unequal pleasures, competition for status, and sexual violence. She discovers that the most privileged students tend to like hookup culture the most, and she 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?"

Praise

"Lisa Wade pulls back the curtain on campus culture and reveals the tableau of racial, class, and gender inequality on which the not-really-so-pervasive phenomenon of student hookups is playing out. If you want to understand what is happening on campus today, this book is not only excellent; it’s necessary." —Michael Kimmel, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University and author of Guyland

"An extraordinary window into today’s hookup culture among young people. In its pages, you will find incredible insights tying together the history of college campuses, human brain development, and cultural shifts on gender norms to explain how young people conduct their sexual relationships. Working with young people myself, I see what Lisa Wade describes every day. This is an extraordinary and important book." —Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees

"In this fascinating book, Wade shines the bright light of sociology and feminism onto American college sexual culture, exploring both its positive and its bleakest aspects. An intelligent, sympathetic, and unflinching analysis of hookup culture, interweaved with intimate narratives from those living in it." —Cordelia Fine, author of Delusions of Gender

Jaclyn Friedman
Jaclyn Friedman

Jaclyn Friedman

Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, performer, and activist, and the editor of the hit book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. Friedman holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Emerson College. Her commentary has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, Time, The Washington Post, Glamour and The Guardian. The founder and Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, a national organization working for gender justice in media, she was named one of 2009’s “Top 40 Progressive Leaders Under 40” by the New Leaders Council. Her podcast, Unscrewed, is paving new paths to sexual liberation, and was named one of the Best Sex Podcasts by both Marie Claire and Esquire.

Photo credit: Lindsay Beyerstein

Lisa Wade
Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade

Lisa Wade, PhD, is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. She is an accomplished scholar and award-winning teacher with degrees in philosophy, human sexuality, and sociology. Lisa has authored over a dozen academic research articles and a textbook on the sociology of gender. She also actively contributes to media, writing extensively for non-academic audiences and appearing on television and radio. She lives in Los Angeles but calls New Orleans “home.”

Photo credit: Babs Evangelista

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