- Both terms are rather nebulously-defined concepts that can mean anything you want it to mean
- Both are fueled by the lamestream media's sensationalism, creating a "deviancy amplification spiral"
- Both are fueled by "pluralistic ignorance", i.e. people falsely believing that everyone else is doing it more than they are and more than is actually the case
- Both are fueled by a kind of androcentrism that persists in spite of the patriarchy's overall decline (i.e. women are expected to behave more like men rather than vice-versa, and men write the rules)
- Both are fueled by a sort of "tyranny of the structurelessness" and the persistent belief that they are the "only game in town" on college campuses (spoiler alert: that is NOT actually true)
- Both are fueled by our schizophrenic culture's ambivalence about both sex and alcohol
- Both, statistically speaking, tend to go together (albeit not always, though)
- Both are used as virtual bogeymen of sorts to advance regressive and illiberal agendas, often in the guise of "protecting" young people and especially women
- Both are often falsely blamed on feminism, when the reality is that, among individual women, there seems to be a somewhat inverse correlation between feminist beliefs and those behaviors.
- The existence and prevalence of both are heavy on anecdotal evidence, and very light on actual data.
- And both defining behaviors are actually less common now than in the past, with Millennials being less likely to drink and tend to have fewer sex partners than their Baby Boomer parents. Even Jean Twenge of all people concedes this.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
What do the "Hookup Culture" and "Binge Drinking" have in common?
Turns out, they both have an awful lot in common indeed: