The idea that hookup culture hurts both boys and girls, and both young men and young women, doesn’t seem strange or revolutionary to me; it seems obvious. But apparently it still needs highlighting, so I’ll highlight it by recommending this article.
Of course not all teens are doing this. But the ones who aren’t are bucking a strong trend towards what I’ve come to think of as the coarsening of American culture, which continues apace and shows no signs of slackening.
It’s everywhere, celebrated and promoted and rewarded in popular entertainment—and not just rap, but dance and movies and the internet in general where porn is ubiquitous and readily available and has been normed. And parents? They are either not present, or are fully into it themselves, or are unaware, or feel powerless to stop it.
The Beatles Wanted to Hold Your Hand. Many of their songs were about love. There are still a lot of songs about love—witness the popularity of Adele, for example. But rap music (and probably other genres and artists I can’t name; my finger is not exactly on the pulse of this stuff, but if you have teenagers you are likely to know more about it than I) sets a tone that that is usually sexually exploitative and empty, and this is true of both boys and girls, young men and women.
And yes, I know this does not exist in isolation. The left and feminists on the left are a big part of it. But it has also taken on a cultural life of its own and is additionally driven by the enormous profits to be made.
But hey, let’s stroll down memory lane:
[Hat tip: commenter "Artfldgr."]