PopularCulture and Youth Sexuality
Itis necessary to study the role of popular culture on youth sexualitysince sexuality is a major part of the life of teenagers. Also, it isnecessary to study this because it is important to control suchsocial panic as STDs/ STIs and teenage pregnancy. Also, sex educationin schools is limited since it does not put into considerations theexperiences, needs and interests of teenagers. Sex education alsofocuses more on the biological aspects of the sexuality. Sexeducation also disregards popular culture which is a major factor insexuality (Freitas,220).The results have also been fruitful and that is why the rates ofpregnancy, abortion and birth among teenagers have been steadilydeclining in resent pasts.
Thereare many ways through which popular cultures shape the sexualities ofteenagers. Educators should also embrace the use of popular culturewhen guiding students in their sexuality. The first influence isthrough reproducing and challenging existing discourse. Popularculture also stimulates critique of discourses. The reason why theeducators do not include popular culture when studying sexuality isbecause of the general sense of panic related with the sexuality ofyouth in today’s society (Carlson& Roseboro, 302).Also there is a tenacious focus on abstinence only programs. However,in reality the Youth learn about sex eventually, although thishappens from the wrong sources. The youth are the way they are mostlydue to the little and imperfect prknowledge they have. Also, there isresearch that proves that abstinence only programs have beenineffective in the past.
Theend of sex: How Hookup Culture is leaving a Generation Unhappy,Sexually Unfulfilled and Confused about Intimacy.
Theauthor of the book, Donna Freitas, is a doctor in religious studies.The main message that the book has is that students of today,regardless of gender, have are very pressurized to engage in casualsex. This Phenomenon is what the author refers to as Hook up Culture.According to Dr. Freitas this ‘Hookup’ can be described indifferent ways from kissing to oral sex and also penetration. Theauthor suggests that the culture might have been born out of messagesfrom the older generations that college and campus is not the time to‘tie oneself down.’ Tying oneself down means concentrating on onepartner or studies alone and not partying. The author makes her pointthat the youth should be trained to place personal value on sex andalso supported in sorting out this issue.
Tostart with the content of the book is not as juicy as the title mightmake it sound. On the contrary, the content of the book is clinicaland very difficult to classify. Granted it has wonderful ideas andperceptive but it also has heavy research which makes the first fewchapters very difficult to read (Pecora,& Mazzarella, 168).The case studies that are included in the initial chapters of thebook are weak when it comes to providing a real and personalconnection. Although the book educates the audience about existingphenomenon and provides a social commentary, there is no personaltouch to it. It all looks like statistics (Danesi,16).
Thebook was, however, excellent in interweaving personal spirituality asone of the many factors involved in one’s sexual life. Many peopledo not consider spirituality as a major factor when it comes to suchissues as sex (Campbell,150).The reason for this is that spirituality roots for purity in thisissue and many people in the targeted age bracket do not.
Freitas,D. (2013). Theend of sex: How hookup culture is leaving a generation unhappy,sexually unfulfilled, and confused about intimacy.
Carlson,D., & Roseboro, D. (2011). Thesexuality curriculum and youth culture.New York: Peter Lang.
Pecora,N., & Mazzarella, S. R. (1999). Growingup girls: Popular culture and the construction of identity.New York [u.a.: Lang.
Danesi,M. (2012). Popularculture: Introductory perspectives.Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Campbell,N. (2004). Americanyouth cultures.Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press.