Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both. By Laura Sessions Stepp. New York: Riverhead, 2007. 304 pages. ISBN: 1594489386. Laura Sessions Stepp has presented a fascinating and important work in her new book Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love and Lose at Both. Stepp is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from the Washington Post, who has written a number of pieces on young people for her newspaper as well as other publications. In this work Stepp journeys with a handful of young women, ages sixteen to twenty-one, inviting them to share their own experiences of sex, dating and love. At the heart of the project is the desire to discover what "hooking up" actually means to young women, and how they are using it to find pleasure, love, and meaning. The book was originally engendered from Stepp's personal experience as a mother. She tells how when her son was in junior high the principal called a meeting of parents to explain that a number of girls were known to have repeatedly given a few boys oral sex. These acts had nothing to do with love or commitment and none of the participants
Journal of Youth and Theology – Brill
Published: Feb 17, 2007
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