October 1, 2015, Thursday:
An overview of the book “Modern Romance,” by Aziz Ansari and NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg that examines how cell phones and the internet have impacted how we communicate for dating and romance. See the Prezi here.

Stephanie Coontz, expert on history of marriage
3:30-17:00 watch in class. Overview of historic marriages until the contemporary emphasis on mutual satisfaction.


Assignment: Blog posting: see syllabus for requirements such as word count, academic citation, links, videos, pics. Pick a dating website or an online dating issue and post your idea and name in the comments section below. Be sure to include a sociological perspective on your topic: include as many relevant statistics, talk about demographics, institutions, and power as it relates to the topic. Include at least one academic citation. You can cite additional newspaper stories and such.

Be ready to report back on your topic for a minute or two.


Dating Online

OkTrends is the blog cite where data from OkCupid is compiled and written up.

Prezi on Dataclysm: Who We Are… When We Think No One’s Looking, Christian Rudder


Paula England is a preeminent researcher on the hookup culture among college students across the country at 18 public and private universities. In her video, she talks about the gender gap in the hookup culture in regards to sexual pleasure and what men and women are getting out of this phenomenon.

On September 24th, Thursday, we are reading the article by Kathleen A. Bogle, “Hooking Up and Dating: A Comparison.” In this article she outlines that in the cultural shift from the more historic dating script to that of the hookup culture, the most important change has been the role of how sexual behavior fits into the equation: whereas with dating it came after a series of dates, in the hookup culture it can come at any point, including in the beginning before any dating has taken place, and that it might never take place. She also argues that hooking up and dating take place during different periods in one’s life: while hooking up may be more common during college or young adult years, dating can take place later on, when someone is more serious in their life and relationships.

Related Videos:

Feminist filmmaker Therese Shechter analyzes the social construction of the idea of female virginity in her documentary, How to Lose Your Virginity. This website provides sex education for teens: scarleteen.

The short documentary below, Slutwalk: A Day in Her Heels, overviews the activism behind the North American Slutwalk movement, which addresses the issue of rape culture. What percentage of women and men will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18? For American women, how many will be sexually abused during their lifetime? See statistics here at WOAR

Most recent study “23% of Women Report Sexual in College, Study Finds