SARTRE LIVES – GET HOOKED UP
Meghan O’Rourke in Slate gives us her take on the book “Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love, and Lose at Both” by Laura Sessions Stepp.
Not to belabor the point here, (O’Rourke does it just fine,) it seems that the reviewer, the author, and the sample of women in the book have discovered Twentieth Century Anomie – alive and well today.
Emile and Jean-Paul would enjoy the intellectual exercise of examining the behavior of college kids at Duke & George Washington as they take their camera-phone to the bar. The device is necessary to help remember who they went home with.
The need for love, frequently confused with the need for sex is often foisted upon us all. The tag for the review is well worth reprinting here:
“Buying into alarmism about women, Unhooked makes sex into a bigger, scarier, and more dangerous thing than it already is. The fact is, love is a messy arena, and in it most of us make both wise and foolish choices. C’est la vie, if not l’amour.”