NewsJuly 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

Penn Girls Aren’t Looking To Put A Ring On It

k-bigpicAh, college. A time for independence. A time for experimentation. And apparently, a time to “hook up without the emotional entanglement of a relationship.”

Such is one of the claims that Kate Taylor makes in her article Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too, which was published in Friday’s New York Times. Known to some sorority girls as “the creepy reporter you probably shouldn’t talk to,” Taylor was a somewhat under-the-radar presence on campus this past school year. In her article she examines the sex culture at Penn from the female perspective, arguing that most girls are too career-oriented and success driven to make time for a serious relationship. Instead, they look for “hookup buddies” (her words, not ours) to fill a certain void.

The over 60 students she spoke with, “said universally that hookups could not exist without alcohol, because they were for the most part too uncomfortable to pair off with men they did not know well without being drunk.” To that we say: Gasp! Drinking and sex go together?!

On a side note, Taylor also clears up the confusion that may surround the word “difmo” (it’s a “dance-floor makeout” for those of you that didn’t know). So yes, “difmo” is in the New York Times.

Taylor’s article is undoubtedly controversial, and based on what we’ve read on Facebook and via email, we know you all have a lot to say about it. Sound off in the comments section below so that we can begin a conversation about this topic from those who it actually references. Also requiring further discussion? Those pictures taken at Smoke’s and fling that casually appear alongside it.

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By anonymous on July 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

Does anyone else that it’s completely biased that she interviewed only at Penn?! I think her article would have been a lot more credible if she interviewed at diverse schools around the US.

By Anonymous on July 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

It would have been nice if she had also included some of the more diverse voices at penn. I interviewed with her, and she included exactly 0% of anything I said. It seems like she chose the interviews that supported her argument and presented them as the universal truth. ew

By Student on July 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

No discussion of the queer community at Penn. The school may be close to 50% male 50% female but there is no way 50% of men on campus are straight, whereas probably a larger percentage of females are straight. That changes the ratio a lot.

By alcohol on July 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

What I find strange/sad is the focus on alcohol…. that so many of the girls who say they prefer casual hookups say they need to be a little drunk. If it’s casual and emotionless, why do you need to worry about being drunk? All you’re doing is numbing sensations. Casual sex is just more pleasant sober.

No stranger to being drunk, hooking up, or combining the two… but I certainly haven’t ever felt that I NEED to combine the two. I think that points to more confidence issues.

By What? on July 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

More than 50% of men on campus are straight….

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