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Adolescent Boys Think Sexual Aggression Is Flirting, Apparently?

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For a long time, eyebrow-arching and pearl-clutching over “hookup culture” has focused on young women: they will feel used by young men and come to believe they can only derive value in themselves from their sexuality. Such concerns have been roundly and fairly criticizing as portraying young women as victims lacking in agency, or worse, in need of a paternalistic watchful eye.

There has been less of a focus on how hookup culture affects young men. According to a piece by the usually-spot-on journalist Abigail Pesta, writing for NBCnews.com, there is “an increasing confusion among boys about how to behave” and experts say “boys who engage in this kind of sexualized behavior say they have no intention to be hostile or demeaning — precisely the opposite. While they admit they are pushing limits, they also think they are simply courting.”

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Anti-Hookup Crusader Laura Sessions Stepp Gets Her Own Podcast

Laura Sessions Stepp, a Washington Post reporter, pissed off a whole lot of people a few years ago when she published a book about why hooking up is bad for women, called Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose At Both.

Now the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy have asked the controversial writer to host a podcast on their new site aimed at 20-somethings and sexuality, SexReally, which promises to educate women on sex and relationships, especially how to “steer clear of unplanned pregnancy.” Somewhat predictably, Stepp’s first podcast is chock-full of both outdated ideas about “what women want”—not to mention baseball metaphors all about how it’s a bad idea to “make a home run” with someone who isn’t your boyfriend! Keep reading »

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