Many a contemporary cultural narrative has described young men, primarily the type enamored with the beauty that is BroBible.com, as the primary socio-cultural force responsible for perpuating the misogyny and emotional brevity associated with "hook-up culture." "Hook-Up Culture", as you may know, is a fairly recent phenomenon that invovles getting really drunk, grinding on dance floors with (debatably) attractive people you have never spoken to before, having sex with said people, and not speaking to them ever again (or something like that). Because this trend seems to be devoid of things like feelings, ice-skating rinks, and sandal shopping, the Bro has been labeled the antagonist in this struggle--that we want to get all up inside that V, and that's pretty much it.
I am not going to argue with this logic. Rather, Slate columnist Hanna Rosin is.
Rosin is coming out with a new book entitled "The End of Men: And the Rise of Women." Yes, shudder, and yes, look a woman has a job that condemns a life of chopping sh*t on a cutting board, but joking aside she makes some interesting points. Namely, that many young women actually PREFER random hookups more than men do. An excerpt from Slate, if you will:
The typical assumption about hook-up culture is that it's something men imposed on women, exploiting modern contraceptives and sexual liberty to get away with having sex with women without having to commit or do anything icky, like pretend to like them.
Hanna's research led her to conclude that women aren't being victimized by delusions of feminism and the men taking advantage of them. On the contrary, she believes that women perpetuate the hook-up culture. Young women want romance in theory but find that in practice, relationships are more trouble than they're worth.
The article then goes on to cite an excerpt from Hanna's book, which was then analyzed as shown below:
In other words, young women believe maintaining a boyfriend is so much work that it's impossible to have one while simultaneously building a career and a nonromantic social life—and that the latter two are higher priorities.
Interesting. While these findings certainly bring up notions of "no man can tie me down because I'm a strong, independent woman!!!!" I'd be very surprised if this was true across the board. Having just translated my college experience into a job that's partly based on making fun of how badly some people want boyfriends, I cannot say I totally agree. The implications, at least in this sense, seem to be too general to make a big-picture conclusion. Sh*t like this is so inherently situational (namely, if you've spent the last seven years single, human nature is that you're gonna want to see the other side, and vica-versa), it's pretty tough to make broad conclusions such as the one here.
Plus, this line of thinking assumes that all girls think sh*t like a career is more important than how long Jesse took to respond re: what he was bringing to the pregame. And THAT my friends, is stretching the truth.