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What’s Love Got to Do With It?: Hook up Culture

Hooking up is really not a new concept – the term has actually been around since the late 1800s, with gay men engaging in ‘clandestine’ short-term sexual partnerships due to shame. In the 1920s, however, it exploded into the mainstream – with the popularization of cars and social outlets like movie theatres and drive-ins, teens and young adults on dates had much more freedom than their parents did at the same age.

When we talk about hook up culture, we are talking about a broad cultural acceptance of casual sex or other non-committed sexual partnerships – that can be friends with benefits, a one-night stand, or simply a booty call. Think about college movies from the 90s – 2000s, where going home with someone you met at the bar is considered normal.

This culture is also part of the sexual freedom revolution, with people now able to make their own choice about whether they want no strings attached sexual experiences, or more traditional, long-term relationships.

Of course, not everyone sees hook up culture as a positive choice leading to freedom. Some people think it can make it difficult for a person to settle down if they’ve had hook ups throughout the years; yet others are simply uncomfortable with the idea of premarital sex or simply sex outside of a committed relationship.

However, others – including us at The PRSNLS – believe hook ups can be a great way to explore your sexuality! Hooking up – which can be anything from kissing to whatever you define sex as – can allow people to explore their wants and needs in a low-pressure situation. If you and your partner(s) go into the hook up knowing it’s a one-night stand, or a friends with benefits situation, there is little expectation for a relationship – a very liberating feeling for some people.

As with any sexual experience, participating in hook up culture is completely up to you! If you’re the kind of person who feels more comfortable building a relationship of some kind before becoming intimate, that is totally okay. And if you’re the type of person who wants to go out to a club and find a hot one-night stand, that is also completely okay – want what YOU want.

Also like all sexual EXPERIENCES, safety is the top priority when it comes to hook ups. This includes consent and communication about boundaries, ensuring everyone is on board with what is happening.

With the popularity of hook up and dating apps, the culture of casual sex has become more accessible for nearly everyone. Whether you’re new to the scene and just want to try something with no strings attached, or hooking up is your go-to way to have sex, The PRSNLS is definitely for you. Sign up and get down today!


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