This module traces the shifting ways that the law has been defined, debated and deployed worldwide and from the Middle Ages to the present.An age of consent statute first appeared in secular law in 1275 in England as part of the rape law.Women should instead look for a partner who is committed to the relationship. Hook-Up Sexual Experiences and Problem Behaviors Among Adolescents.
For example, teens often think that virginal status is rare, yet according to Kathleen Bogle, professor at La Salle University, over 25% of college freshmen are virgins, suggesting that societal standards regarding sexuality conflict with reality.
In fact, Bogle states that only 28% of college students reported hooking up with more than 10 people by the end of their senior year.
Dating in past generations was viewed as a means for teens to get to know one another, find suitable partners, and to eventually (God willing) marry. College men phoned their sweethearts early in the week, asking permission to take them out on the weekend.
In the 1950's suitable dates entailed a couple sharing a straw at the local soda shop. Helen Sheumaker, professor at Miami University of Ohio, the roles played by men and women in relationships paralleled their economic roles; men were the providers, fronting the bills because they earned a steady income and women were the consumers, consuming beauty enhancing products and men's chivalrous attempts to win over their hearts. Dates consisted of dinner followed by a movie or ice cream.
Fielder and Carey's research also highlights consequences of hooking-up, suggesting that females tend to feel worse about themselves after the hook-up while men experience increases in self-esteem. Perhaps evolutionary theories can explain this phenomenon speculating that hooking-up is advantageous to men because it facilitates rapidly changing partners, due to the absence of an emotional bond, and multiple partners increase the likelihood that men will pass along their genes to the next generation.
From an evolutionary perspective, hooking-up can be detrimental to women due to the uncertainty of maintaining the relationship after the encounter. According to the researchers, "because a hook-up can refer to kissing and petting as well as sexual intercourse, adolescent girls can disclose during post-encounter commentary with peers without having to worry about being considered a "prude" or a "slut"".The term's vagueness can, however, lead to differing expectations among participants and emotionally painful consequences.A woman who hooks-up often feels empty and used after the encounter and as a result, she may be defined in accordance to how others perceive her sexuality...another double standard to consider. Early Talks about Relationships: Begin early talks with teens about the emotional consequences of hooking-up. Teens should pursue relationships that increase their sense of self-worth and reinforce their morals and values. If at any time a teen feels pressured by a partner, he or she should refrain from the relationship.2.