Teen Hookup Culture

In: Social Issues

Submitted By hyawa
Words 2914
Pages 12
Teen Hookup culture: Stepping into the age of confused intimacy
Huriya Yawar- 7917908
University of Ottawa

Teen Hookup culture: Stepping into the age of confused intimacy
As citizens of the 21st century, the morphing of normative values and the creation of short lived phases is increasingly evident. The prime phase, under the microscope in this era due to its integral power on mundane socialization, is the birth of the “hook-up” culture. The question, however, is that is it a phase? Hook-up culture is the product of the new epoch, the new age, and its pawns are the teenage generation, whose sexual identity it is shaping since it encapsulates directly the culture they are growing in. Hookup culture is detrimental to society as a whole, given the unintended teenage pregnancies and STD risks it carries with it, as well as the psychological strain prevalent in this form of morphed relationship lacking traditional intimacy. With powerful proponents like the media, this culture is generating a generation harboring feelings of confused intimacy, and the lack of traditional monogamist values, values which society has been thriving on since the dawn of time. This paper will explore the trajectories, stigmatization as well as the social irresponsibility of casual sexual behavior in young adults. It investigates its effects on civilization in entirety.
“Red cups and sweaty bodies everywhere
Hands in the air like we don’t care
Cause we came to have so much fun now
Bet somebody here might get some now
And everyone in line in the bathroom
Trying to get a line in the bathroom”
And we can’t stop
And we won’t stop” (Miley Cyrus- And We Can’t Stop, 2013) Contextualizing the birth of the ‘hookup culture’. The above paragraph is lyrics from the hit single by the famous pop star, Miley Cyrus. It’s a representation of a house party, and…...

Similar Documents

Bulimia in Teens

...Bulimia in Teens Introduction Eating disorders can take a devastating toll on the lives of many people. This is especially true for teenagers. Many teens, especially girls, develop eating disorders. It is important to understand the causes, symptoms, consequences, and treatment for these types of illnesses’. One of the most common eating disorders in teens is bulimia nervosa. Bulimia nervosa (bulimia) is a serious, potentially life-threatening eating disorder. People with bulimia nervosa may binge and purge, eating large amounts of food and then try to get rid of the extra calories in an unhealthy way. For example, someone with bulimia nervosa may force themselves to vomit or do excessive exercise. If you have bulimia nervosa, you are probably preoccupied with your weight and body shape, and may judge yourself severely and harshly for your self-perceived flaws. Causes The exact cause of bulimia is unknown. As with other mental illnesses, there are many possible factors that could play a role in the development of eating disorders such as bulimia. Genetic, psychological, trauma, family, society, or cultural factors may play a role. Eating disorders like bulimia are more likely to occur in people who have parents or siblings with an eating disorder. Girls and women are more likely to have bulimia than boys and men. Age may play a role in who is affected. Bulimia often begins in late adolescence or early adulthood. The illness is more common in college......

Words: 1521 - Pages: 7

Teen Pregancy

...Teenage Pregnancy: Acceptance as Pop Culture Our society comprises of many gender niches and roles. Women are sisters, daughters, and most importantly mothers. Motherhood is one of the most cherished roles that a woman can take on. In the past, women were meant to be seen and not heard as their value depended on their ability to bear children and raise them thoughtfully. Even though that has changed and women are expected to gain an education and lead a career, motherhood can still be a main part of their life. However, motherhood does spring upon on some by surprise. Teenage pregnancy in the last few years have been on the rise and has become a problem for some to live up to that expectation of an education and career (Peck). In the past, teenage pregnancy was a taboo. However its discussion has become more widely accepted. Through analyzing the Candie’s Foundation ad in the October 2011 issue of Teen Vogue, it can be seen as an example of the shift in perception of teenage pregnancy in the United States. The Candie’s Foundation is a philanthropic branch from the clothing line Candie’s. The clothes from the Candie’s brand are meant to appeal to teenage girls who dress girly and traditionally feminine. Focusing on the same demographic, the foundation was founded with the goal to raise awareness about teenage pregnancy in 2001, according to their website. The print ads from their current campaign mainly feature female celebrities such as Fergie, Hilary Duff, Ciara,......

Words: 1457 - Pages: 6

Teen Pregnancy

...Teen Pregnancy—A Social Issue After researching various statistics, I found that premarital pregnancy is quite prevalent in teenagers throughout the world. Teen pregnancy is one of the most difficult experiences a young person might ever face when it interrupts school or other plans. It can create an emotional crisis resulting in feelings of shame and fear, and it may appear that you will crumble under pressures in your environment. The stress of how one would break the news to their parents might be even greater, and finding help may seem an impossible task. People might think that they can help others, or one might be too embarrassed to search for help. For the most part, when one sees teenagers raising children, we often think that the teen has been raped or is too mature for their age. For this reason, some totally miss the issues that one must have been exposed to in their society, the society of their home, community, school. There are many viewpoints as to why teenage females are having so many children out of wedlock. However, the facts are obvious—teenaged females are highly influenced by many social issues, but those with the lack of strong parental guidance, sex education, and positive mass media are more likely to have a premarital pregnancy. As one travels the globe, they will find that industrialized and developing countries have distinctly different rates of teenage pregnancy. In the online article, “Teen Pregnancy on the Rise,” Sipokazi Maposa says that in......

Words: 3031 - Pages: 13

Teen Pregnancy

...Unit 2 DB RE: Teen Pregnancy Teen Pregnancy Growing up Too Fast by people Magazine. Between the ages of 15-19 females tend to get pregnant each year. One of the youngest pop teens found out she was pregnant at the age 16 Jamie Lynn Spears (sister of Britney Spears). Once America was aware that this, they soon realized she wasn’t the only one that was 16 and pregnant. There over 790 thousand girls between the ages of 15 through 20 who are going through the same situation as the rest of these young mom. Majority of American agree on that no teenage mother is ready for the responsibilities of parenthood and as every parent knows, the challenges really begin once the baby is born. Only one-third of teen moms ever finish high school. People magazine interviewed at least six different girls that are pregnant and are going through realities of an unplanned pregnancy.  A girl from Kentwood says “for girls her age, getting pregnant is the “IN” thing to do.” There is no shame in these young adults that are either trying to get pregnant or is already pregnant.  Another 17 year old girl says “she felt alone, and felt like she was up against the world” This girl had no support from the baby’s father and she also dropped out of high school. With all the negative feedback contacted an adoption attorney. The adoptive pair funded for her living and health costs during her pregnancy and also provided her emotional support during her pregnancy so she wouldn't feel so alone, which is not......

Words: 413 - Pages: 2

Hispanic Teens

...Consumer Behavior BCB7094 Hispanic Teens: The New Bicultural Youth Prepared By: FATIMA AL-QADHIBI - 1121200083 Graduate School of Management Session: June 2013 LECTURER : DR. MUHAMMAD SABBIR RAHMAN Hispanic Teens: The New Bicultural Youth Summary Hispanic teens constitute about 20 per cent of all teenagers, and they are very important to marketers. The Hispanic teens represent $20 billion in spending power, and this is growing by 62 per cent through 2020, which make it the faster than other teen’s market. And more important, these teens are joined black teenagers as fashion and style leaders for the over all teens market. Hispanic teens are often different from their parents, who feel that they are under pressure to blend in and be an American, but their teens don’t. The trend for Hispanic is to be bicultural, this is by adding second culture, not replacing their first culture. To do so requires a balancing act, and how they divide between inside and outside the home. This is challenging given the importance of family. The balancing proses leading to biculturalism seems to be working as expert describes “ I’m always amazed by the Hispanic teens. They are speaking Spanish at home, both with friends, English for college and Internet, but they are very much into Hispanic culture even when they are born in US. It is not about being bilingual, it is about being bicultural. They are engrossed in the American culture, and also they are very proud of......

Words: 1062 - Pages: 5

Culture

...There are some differences and similarities among the Filipino and Puerto Rican cultures. One of the more readily known is the similarity in namesake and this is due to the Spaniard influence on both cultures. While Puerto Ricans are very open and are quick to disclose personal information, the Filipinos are not. The Filipino are very private people and unlikely to disclose personal information to just anyone. They also are not open I talking about sex to children, which in my culture we openly talk to our teens about it and protection. Filipino men and women are on an equal plane when it comes to the household and education. The predominant religion amongst both groups is Roman Catholic. We also share similarity in the foods we eat such as rice, meat and fried foods. This could be the culprit of the history of hypertension in both cultures. Gatherings in both cultures involve large amounts of foods. The language spoken among Puerto Ricans are Spanish and English, Filipinos vary in the language they speak, dependent on the region the person is from examples are: Tagalog, Bikolano, Waray and Bisaya. These variants could impede the communication, especially in healthcare as the specific language must be known to the translator. Cleanliness is important to both, one way Filipinos display cleanliness is through removing shoes to maintain cleanliness of the home and this carries a message of respect as well. Both also respect their elders, Filipinos show it by raising the back...

Words: 273 - Pages: 2

Teens and Raves

...raves that attracted over 200,000 teenagers, such as the Electric Daisy Carnival (Maddaus, 2011) that was held in Los Angeles, California. Even though a rave is a place for a teenager to socialize among their age group while listing to the latest techno music, a rave is an unsafe place to attend for a teenager, because of the lack of security and the amount of drugs that are highly prevalent. Raves are a place for teenagers to socialize among their age group while listing to the latest techno music. According to a recent article in Rave Digest, it states “The meaning of raving and the essence of the rave scene have been speculated about to no end, the typical age of a raver is from 15 to 25 years old” (Maddaus, 2011). A rave is a culture of escape, an escape from the real world where teenagers can go and experience a temporary feeling of innocence and forgetting about the problems in the real world. A teenager can listen to a popular D.J spinning the latest new techno music and enjoy it with other teenagers that share similar interest. People agree that a rave is a safe place for many reasons as stated above, also agree that it is a controlled environment that keeps teenagers off the streets and enjoying themselves with other teenagers while experience the best music and D.J’s around. In a recent article in Faze Magazine, it states “The good side of the Rave scene seems to be missing in most of the press surrounding these late night parties. What they leave out is......

Words: 1106 - Pages: 5

Teen

...pregnant at least once before the age of 20.” () Most teens get pregnant because they want to know what it feels like to raise a child or because they see others with children and they find them cute and want them to themselves. Others get pregnant because they don’t know about the different ways of contraception and ways to stay safe. Many girls struggle with teen pregnancy because of their low confidence and self-worth. They feel that they are ugly and no guy would show them attention unless they give them what they want. In our society today Teenage Pregnancy affects both females and males in several ways. The issue of teenage pregnancy started to interest me when used to go to Pennsylvania with my friend a great percentage of the females there were actually pregnant and I didn’t really understand why. I wasn’t really sure how big or how serious teen pregnancy is, but with little knowledge and a tremendous amount of curiosity, I wanted teen pregnancy to be my topic. Scope Teen pregnancy is a continuously increasing problem in the United States today. The United States has the highest birth rates compared to places like Canada. In the United States, the 18-19 year old age group has the highest rate of teen pregnancy (“Teen” 1). Adolescents who are having sex without protection are those who are more likely to get pregnant. Teens who get pregnant have a greater chance of not completing high school or college (“Teen” 1). Those moms are usually the ones that end up......

Words: 344 - Pages: 2

Teen Depression

...include but not be limited to the following according to the National institute for Mental Health: * Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions * Fatigue and decreased energy * Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness * Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism * Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping * Irritability, restlessness * Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex * Overeating or appetite loss * Persistent aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment * Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings * Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts Symptoms for teens are very similar to the above mentioned symptoms and can include but not be limited to: * Feeling helpless * Anger * Withdrawal from activities * Avoidance of peers * Apathy * Low self-esteem * Feelings of guilt or worthlessness * Difficulty concentrating * Changes in eating habits * Slow or rapid movement * Weight gain or loss * Substance abuse * Difficulty with authority * Suicidal thoughts or actions Factors contributing to depression Characteristics of adolescent depression The DSM-IV-TR (American Psychiatric Association,2000; p. 353) suggests that ‘the core symptoms of a major depressive episode are the same for children and......

Words: 3489 - Pages: 14

Teen Preganancy

...A lot of people think that's the main downfall in females — you know, teen parenting. You know, they think that's one of the worst things besides drugs and violence … I hated a lot of people stereotyping single Black moms to be, you know, high school dropouts: "Their kids ain't gonna' be nothing, she'll end up on welfare," and things like that. I think that was the worst thing … I felt like they were kind of wrong to, you know, to stereotype everyone. (Maxine, 18-year-old mother) Teen mothers' unique perspectives on teen pregnancy can contribute much to our understanding of this issue, including family and individual experiences. In this article, teens' narratives provide insight into processes and contexts of family caregiving they received during their pregnancies as one type of resource they relied on to work toward a new and positive identity. Consistent with scholarship on identity construction, teenagers described their relationships with others as critical to this development, and attention to the processes of caregiving illuminates this connection. The stigmatized status of teen pregnancy, when viewed as a master narrative (such as that articulated by Maxine above), renders teenagers' own narratives a counter story that facilitates narrative repair. Analysis of teenagers' narratives illuminates how processes of identity transformation connect one to the care of others, empowering individuals to resist threats to a positive sense of self or a damaged......

Words: 3868 - Pages: 16

Teen Pregnancy

...Teen pregnancy and resulting births pose many societal challenges, and as a result require the collective efforts of many to provide solutions. Teen pregnancy has been considered a "social ill" for centuries in the United States and has always challenged moral and ethical sensibilities. The economic costs of teens giving birth are significant, and there are many compelling reasons to reduce the teen pregnancy. Research shows that reducing the number of births to teens and increasing the age at which a women gives birth yields significant cost savings for the public sector. Efforts to reduce teen pregnancy are mainly focused on prevention and sex education is a large part of the effort. Current sex education programs focus on two main strategies, they are: abstinence only education and abstinence plus education. Abstinence only teaches that abstaining from sexual activity is the only truly effective way to prevent unintended pregnancy. Abstinence plus education focuses on delaying the initiation of sexual activity and recommends the use of contraception if a teen is sexually active. The success of abstinence only education has been exaggerated according to many sociologists and researchers. Scientific research indicates that abstinence plus education is actually much more effective in preventing teen pregnancy. Solving the problem of teen pregnancy has largely been relegating to treating the symptoms of the problem and employing prevention strategies aimed at young women.......

Words: 3809 - Pages: 16

Teen Pregnancy

...  Teen Pregnancy Is A Social Issue There is no doubt that teen pregnancy is a growing problem within the United States. Teen pregnancy will have a big impact on both the parents, child, education, welfare, employment and social service, also the society as a whole. The United States has the highest rate than any other country where teen pregnancy is an issue. There are many factors that comes into play when teenagers considering having children. Many teens who get pregnant without considering the consequences that they will have to face Although pregnancy is an emotional challenge for teenage girls, but it is a social problem that is affecting various things. Some individuals understand that this is a concern to the teenagers, but not everyone understand the consequences that our society have to face. 85 percent of teen is sexual active around the age 15 and 19. Throughout this paper I will be discussing why teenage pregnancy is a social problem and the various problems and consequences it have on our society. First the teenage mothers, the baby and on to the new parents. Dramatic changes need to be made before it destroy our society. The youth need to be educated more about unprotected sex and the consequences that comes along with it. There are several reasons why teen pregnancy occur. Majority of the time teen pregnancy occur because of peer pressure. Teen pregnancy is a natural drive to conform. “The main reason that peer pressure is so easily driven......

Words: 1724 - Pages: 7

Teen Depression

...According to the article, “Beware Signs of Teen Depression” written by Rebecca Hagelin talks about teen depression. This article just informs its readers about the causes of depression, along with signs. “Beware Signs of Teen Depression” includes facts and issues that affect a teen’s life. Hagelin describes what depression can lead into and what could happen if they don’t get help. At the end of this article it states what the brain is, and how the parent can help their child. The main issue discussed in this editorial is Teen Depression. Little issues that this covers is signs, facts, and ways to help. Rebecca Hagelin’s point of view on this issue I think would be hope. Hagelin audience would be parents. Hagelin wants her audience to think specifically to see if their child is struggling with this illness, and if they are to go seek help. My point of view of this article is that I believe, something dramatic can be turned around and have something come out for the good. Mainly that our pop culture is putting things into kids minds that aren’t true, that they need to dress a certain way, look a certain way, weigh a certain amount, do this to be cool, and what not. With kids if they don’t fit in they can lead into depression mode. “You would think that teenagers grouping up in the most prosperous society in history would be abundantly joyful.” Opinion. “And while the general incidence of suicide has decreased in the United States in the Past 25 years, it has tripled among...

Words: 512 - Pages: 3

Teens

...acquired infections and sexually transmitted disease that can often go untreated. Unfortunately, STDs have become common among teens. Due to the fact that more and more teens are at a higher risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease it is important that they know about some of the different types of sexually transmitted disease and how to protect themselves. Sexually transmitted diseases (also known as STDs and once called venereal diseases or VD) are infectious disease that spread from person to person through intimate contact (Berman & Hein, 1999). STDs can affect guys and girls of all ages and backgrounds who are having sex regards of skin color or if they’re rich or poor. Most teens associated STDs as an embarrassment and something that will not happen to them. However STDs are more than just an embarrassment. They’re a serious health problem that if left untreated, can cause permanent damage, such as infertility and even death in some cases. One reason that STDs are spreading so rapidly among teens is they tend to think that they need to have sexual intercourse to become infected, which is simply WRONG! Teen need to be aware that they can get some STDs, like herpes or genital warts, simply through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area or sore of a person who is current infected with a STD. Another myth that most teens believe is that they can’t contract sexually transmitted disease if they have oral or anal sex. That is also WRONG, because......

Words: 3657 - Pages: 15

Teens

...conflict among you and your parent. That is why I hate seeing so many young ladies getting pregnant at an early age. When many of them had a bright future right within your grasps. I feel todays society has belittled this issue by accepting it as something of the norm. Young ladies today are put under allot of Pressure and they also feel the need to be accepted by their peers. They will go as far as to alter who they are for acceptance. As a teens they do not understand that what they do to day can hurt them tomorrow. So most of them do not feel the need for abstinence. So simply telling teens to refrain from having sex does not work. To reduce the number of teen pregnancies teens have to learn about both the risks of sexual conduct along with how to protect themselves if they decide to have sex. Teens need to know the consequences of teen pregnancy because if they know all of the consequences that may come from having sex. They will have a better understanding of why they should stay abstinent. When more teen are practicing abstinence number of teen pregnancyes in the U.S. will decrease....

Words: 264 - Pages: 2