‘Hookup Scene’ Lecture to Kick Off Gender Series

Sept. 9, 2009

An examination of “Gender and the College Hookup Scene” will get this year's Gender Studies Lecture Series off to a start.

The Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein Women’s Center presents the lectures, which are organized by Dr. Karen Prager in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Lecture Series

Sept. 10 (5:30pm – 6:30pm)
Paula England: Gender and the College Hookup Scene

Oct. 15 (5:30pm – 6:30pm)
Dr. Ron Smyth: Phonetics, Gender and Sexual Orientation

Both lectures will be held in the McDermott Suite of the McDermott Library.

Co-sponsored by the Gender Studies program, the series invites speakers from around the country to address gender issues. 

“Our focus for the series this year is on gender and sexuality,” said Lauren DeCillis, Director of the Women’s Center.  “The lectures are free to students, faculty, staff and community members.”

The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences is also a sponsor.

First up in the series is Dr. Paula England from Stanford University, who will provide a detailed description and analysis of today’s college “hookup” culture.

“It seems that the sexual revolution didn’t produce much of a gender revolution in the bedroom,” said England.  “Among the parents of today’s college students, it became common to have sex with their boyfriends or girlfriends.” 

According to England, today’s hookup culture has taken this one step further — some sexual contact often precedes any interest in a relationship.  “Some parts of this scene remain surprisingly governed by old-fashioned gender ideas,” said England, “like the double standard, in which sexually active women are ‘sluts’ while active guys are ‘players.’”

Dr. England, a professor of sociology and an affiliate of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, is a former editor of the American Sociological Review.  Her research focuses on gender inequality in labor markets and the effect of gender and class systems on family life. She is the author of Comparable Worth (1992) and has co-authored Households, Employment and Gender (1986) with George Farkas.

The second lecturer in the series is Dr. Ron Smyth from the University of Toronto, who will discuss the diversity of both straight and gay/lesbian speakers’ phonetic output and how “verbal gaydar” skills are lacking among both male and female speakers.

Dr. Smyth is associate professor in the Department of Humanities (Linguistics) and the Department of Life Sciences (Psychology). He is also an adjunct professor in speech-language pathology. His research interests and expertise include psycholinguistics, sociophonetics and graduate supervision/funding.


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Paula England

Dr. Paula England, a Stanford University professor of sociology, will offer her perspectives on today’s college sexuality culture.

Ron Smyth

Dr. Ron Smyth, a professor of linguistics and psychology at the University of Toronto, will discuss the diversity of both straight and gay/lesbian speakers’ phonetic output.

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