Teen Hookup Culture

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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…...

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