College is a time of discovery for students — to expand their intellectual horizons as they pursue postsecondary education. For many students, there is an extracurricular focus on intimacy in the pursuit of carnal knowledge. We conducted a survey of 2, current and former college students to take a snapshot of activity between the sheets on U. We learned about the frequency of intercourse, the most sexually active campuses, the average number of partners, and the use of protection. Read on to see what sex really looks like on college campuses. Want to see just how far your sexual escapades reach? Use this interactive tool originally built by Dr.
The article, probably inadvertently, illustrated something that has become increasingly clear about the modern campus hook-up culture: women sell themselves far too short. The article included several other choice examples of female co-eds apparently oblivious of their own self-worth. Interestingly enough, these female students who claim they find nothing wrong with their sexual behavior declined to have their names published. Some researchers have argued that the gender imbalance fosters a culture of hooking up because men, as the minority, hold more power in the sexual marketplace, and they prefer casual sex to long-term relationships. Unfortunate and sad. If you want to read the whole piece, click here. Or, here are a few interesting snippets:.
I am one of those who, until I attended Columbia University, believed that the universal college experience consisted of a unique mixture of higher-level education and unparalleled sexual promiscuity. Before leaving me to fend for myself in New York City as a Columbia student, my father even insisted that I must be careful not to abandon my studies to chase "college girls" around. His advice reaffirmed my longstanding belief that sexual promiscuity is rampant on college campuses. In high school I concluded from movies, television, books, and personal accounts from friends and acquaintances that once individuals attended a university, their sexual inhibitions were somehow miraculously lost. Possibly some magical substance was in campus water or, perhaps, something in the air that made men and women around the country give up on long-term relationships and resort to casual and experimental sex for four years of their life. As a sophomore in high school, I read a piece of short fiction by the novelist Spalding Grey entitled "College Girls. In just the first few months of college, his sexual experience with women tenfold more than it had been in high school.
I can still remember my first weekend at college. Perhaps some of them had lived sheltered lives at home and were finally able to be free and express themselves, particularly in the sexual sense, and this was their way of doing that. The common belief that only men are the instigators of sexual promiscuity had been killed long before I had even arrived at university. Women were playing the game, too, and they were playing it with such finesse that one might think they had been scheming for years and waiting for the right moment to strike. And they did it in the same way that men had been doing it for years. As women have begun playing more active roles in society, particularly economically, they have been forced to alter components of their lives in order to fit in with the male-dominated society. These changes have also impacted their personal lives. Universities have always been like a petri dish of constant hookups, breakups, and all of the juicy details in between. Traditionally, when college folk went to parties and mingled, the confident frat guy would make his move on his target of choice and, well, the remaining details could be left to your imagination. But women no longer play those submissive roles.