After all, it was not long before that news broke of a senior class scavenger hunt proffering points for proof (videos and such) of masturbation and public intercourse, and not long after that a widely publicized episode of group oral sex rocked a storied New England prep school.
Such incidents in a diverse set of institutions and communities nationwide raise important questions about early intimacy among teens and the physical, social, emotional, and legal toll it can take on young lives.
Reports of a fourteen-year-old middle school girl performing oral sex on a sixteen-year-old high school boy differed only slightly from scores of similar tales making headlines across the country.
The setting (a school bus) and the audience (classmates) made it especially unappealing, but really not that surprising.
What would it be like to hit puberty in the age of the Kardashians and Instagram?
So, as a mother who happened to be a journalist, she did what she does best: She began interviewing girls.
Just as important, it points to a “reality gap” between increasingly normative sexual behavior among youth and commonly held perceptions of adults.
Perhaps the public nature of heretofore private tales may at last awaken the sleeping giant of awareness and communication needed to keep teens safe.
About two-thirds of teens say at least some of their friends have hooked up.
Dating in college today, however, is very different, and it all begins with the culture of hooking up and casual encounters. The hook-up culture, is in fact, more of a subculture.
It hasn’t replaced dating, it’s just changed how we think about it. Paula England, professor of sociology at New York University, has surveyed over 14,000 heterosexual students at 19 universities about their sexual behavior.
She told them to use the definition of "hook-up" their friends use to mirror the ambiguity on campus, finding that 40% of their most recent hook-ups involved sex.
Her data, published in , shows that college seniors have hooked up with an average of 8 people over 4 years — that’s two a year or one a semester.