Sunday, July 14, 2013

Alcohol - the great enabler of feminism?

I happened to read this NYT article more than a day ago, about the hook-up culture on American college campuses.  The article describes the term as: "“hooking up” — an ambiguous term that can signify anything from making out to oral sex to intercourse — without the emotional entanglement of a relationship."

The article examines this following, and validates it:
Until recently, those who studied the rise of hookup culture had generally assumed that it was driven by men, and that women were reluctant participants, more interested in romance than in casual sexual encounters. But there is an increasing realization that young women are propelling it, too.
The article however also notes the following.   It stuck in my mind, and that of many other people.  It stuck enough that by posting it, I want to unstick it.  It was noted in the readers' top pick of 789 comments (which noted "And if you can't do something without being drunk, it's not a feminist statement or a statement of power or choice.")
Women 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.
What a massive societal failure to have to drown life in alcohol!