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The Discussion about the ‘Teenage Hook-Up Culture’ over at the Atlantic magazine………

Atlantic Alumni: Flanagan's Confused on Hookup Culture

I came across this piece doing the Zeitgeist post…….

Evidently at the Atlantic magazine a first piece by Caitlin Flanagan, “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.” came out about the new-age teen-age ‘hooking-up culture……

Described as the causal sexual relationships that may or may not involve going ‘all the way’…..

It paints a picture of teenage girls thrown into a world when virginity is a thing of the past…and sex cam mean something in an encounter…and sometime it may not…..

The whole thing strikes me as kind of cold and heartless…which I suppose is what the author of the piece is going at….

The end of the piece trys to play off young college aged women have causal sex with multiple males as par for the course these days….and has been attacked by others mentioned in the  linked piece I have here…..

I have son’s that have passed this age….

Good….

Because if Ms Flanagan is correct (there are a LOT of follow-up arguments against her ) then the world seems to have gone a bit Batshit crazy….

Which is entirely possible…..

It looked like the furor over Caitlin Flanagan’s latest Atlantic piece had died down. The Wire already covered the preliminary round of responses to the essay, which was somewhere between an exploration and polemic on “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.”

But two new objections have now come in, and from a somewhat unlikely pair: two of Flanagan’s former Atlantic colleagues. Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias of Think Progress has taken issue with Flanagan’s empirical evidence–or, as he argues, lack thereof–for her argument, while conservative Ross Douthat, now of The New York Times, thinks Flanagan is pining for a perfect past that never existed. Douthat’s reaction in particular can hardly be described as knee-jerk or ideological in origin; he famously made his own controversial and socially conservative argument in The Atlantic, arguingthat watching pornography was much closer to adultery than users might like to admit.

Douthat’s response takes off from Yglesias’s. Yglesias notes that, though Flanagan suggests today’s women are much more sexually experienced than their mothers, data indicates that between 1991 and 2007, “the prevalence of sexual experience decreased 12% overall.” Meanwhile, the shift away from virginity occurred not “recently,” as she would have it, but rather in the 1970s. In other words, he concludes, Flanagan is responding to “an imaginary trend toward promiscuity.”

More….

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June 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Family, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Discussion about the 'Teenage Hook-Up Culture' over at the Atlantic magazine………

Atlantic Alumni: Flanagan's Confused on Hookup Culture

I came across this piece doing the Zeitgeist post…….

Evidently at the Atlantic magazine a first piece by Caitlin Flanagan, “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.” came out about the new-age teen-age ‘hooking-up culture……

Described as the causal sexual relationships that may or may not involve going ‘all the way’…..

It paints a picture of teenage girls thrown into a world when virginity is a thing of the past…and sex cam mean something in an encounter…and sometime it may not…..

The whole thing strikes me as kind of cold and heartless…which I suppose is what the author of the piece is going at….

The end of the piece trys to play off young college aged women have causal sex with multiple males as par for the course these days….and has been attacked by others mentioned in the  linked piece I have here…..

I have son’s that have passed this age….

Good….

Because if Ms Flanagan is correct (there are a LOT of follow-up arguments against her ) then the world seems to have gone a bit Batshit crazy….

Which is entirely possible…..

It looked like the furor over Caitlin Flanagan’s latest Atlantic piece had died down. The Wire already covered the preliminary round of responses to the essay, which was somewhere between an exploration and polemic on “how girls reluctantly endure the hookup culture.”

But two new objections have now come in, and from a somewhat unlikely pair: two of Flanagan’s former Atlantic colleagues. Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias of Think Progress has taken issue with Flanagan’s empirical evidence–or, as he argues, lack thereof–for her argument, while conservative Ross Douthat, now of The New York Times, thinks Flanagan is pining for a perfect past that never existed. Douthat’s reaction in particular can hardly be described as knee-jerk or ideological in origin; he famously made his own controversial and socially conservative argument in The Atlantic, arguingthat watching pornography was much closer to adultery than users might like to admit.

Douthat’s response takes off from Yglesias’s. Yglesias notes that, though Flanagan suggests today’s women are much more sexually experienced than their mothers, data indicates that between 1991 and 2007, “the prevalence of sexual experience decreased 12% overall.” Meanwhile, the shift away from virginity occurred not “recently,” as she would have it, but rather in the 1970s. In other words, he concludes, Flanagan is responding to “an imaginary trend toward promiscuity.”

More….

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Family, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Teenage pregnancy rates rise in America……

After more than a decade of declining teenage pregnancy, the pregnancy rate among girls ages 15 to 19 increased 3 percent from 2005 to 2006 — a turnaround likely to intensify the debate over federal financing for abstinence-only sex education.

The teenage abortion rate also crept up for the first time in more than a decade, rising 1 percent from 2005 to 2006, according to an analysis by theGuttmacher Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit research group.

“It’s very disturbing,” said Sarah Brown, of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “We had over a decade of progress on a very serious problem, and I worry that we’ve ground to a halt. I think there are a lot of different factors at play, from less use of contraception, maybe because of less fear of AIDS, to our anything-goes culture, where it’s O.K. to get pregnant and have a baby in your teens.”

While teenage pregnancy rates for whites remain far lower than for blacks and Hispanics, the pregnancy rates increased for all three groups.

As previously reported, births to young women ages 15 to 19 — a statistic that is available more quickly than pregnancy and abortion data — rose from 2005 to 2006, and again from 2006 to 2007.

Since the teenage pregnancy rate is made up of births, abortions and miscarriages, it is likely that the teenage pregnancy rate rose from 2006 to 2007, as well.

But several experts said it was too soon to predict whether teenage pregnancy and birth rates would continue to rise, and revert to the record high levels of the 1980s and early 1990s.

“This new study makes it crystal clear that abstinence-only sex education for teenagers does not work,” said Cecile Richards, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The Clinton administration began financing abstinence-only programs as part of welfare reform, but such programs got a large boost in the Bush administration.

The Obama administration has moved away from abstinence-only programs, creating a new teenage-pregnancy initiative in which most financing will go to programs that have been shown to prevent pregnancy, with some experimental approaches.

Meanwhile, there are continuing efforts to reinstate financing for abstinence-only education as part of the health-reform legislation.

The Dog feels…..
Someone needs to get real..and design and start a campaign to educate kids to the consequences of unprotected sex…….
Abstinence is NOT the answer……..

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Health, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Religion, Updates, Women | , | Leave a comment

Sex is good for your heart!

I heard this one this afternoon on CNN……Sex is good for you!…..Kyra Phillips actually got a little red discussing it……But hey!…this is good…good news!……..

Tiger Woods is gonna live to be a ripe old man, huh?……( I couldn’t resist that….sorry Tiger…..)

Note:….interesting link on Phillips on the Letterman Show……

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Health, Media, Men, Updates, Women | , | 6 Comments

Apparently….. Landing an airplane on the Hudson is good for your sex life…..

US Air Pilot, Chester Sullenberg, can attest to that….in an interview for “NBC’s People of the Year”….. ‘Sully’ and his wife Laurie let on that after his harrowing experience, his relationship with his wife  is fine….and his wife gave this up to Matt Lauer……” the hero sex really helps a 20-year-old marrige”….to which her husband added….”Rock star sex”…

…..do you notice, in the accompaning picture, which one of the two has the bigger smile?

November 24, 2009 Posted by | Media, Men, Other Things | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Hugh Hefner…the founder of Playboy at 83………

The brand that every male in America over the age of 50 knows, Playboy Magazine, is falling on soft times , but it’s founder , Hugh Hefner, is still doing his thing.……..Going thru a divorce and dealing with a $4 million  pre-nup agreement Hefner is now having to step into a world that has passed his empire by…….with the internet a high powered X-rated web site’s stealing viewership away from his more wholesome magazine viewer…Playboy has watched its readership shrink from 2.6 million to 1.5 million and has not turned a profit for seven quarters in a row…….

But Hefner keeps on…..Taking a pill to keep ‘it’ strong, he jets around the world, with an ever present group of young , good looking female…and lives the life he created, decades ago as a fantasy for males, and females……..Great interviews…….and the man and his magazine put sex  and a life style on the map in a big way……whether you like it or not…he is a living icon of the 20th century………

October 24, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Men, Travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From CNN Video…….Why women have sex……..

From CNN video………something to make you smile……….

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Health, Other Things | , , , , , | Leave a comment