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Breaking the Silence on Hooking Up: A Facilitated Discussion

October 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm


What are the risks and rewards of hooking up? Who hooks up, and when and why? How does hookup culture shape attitudes towards sex and desire? How ubiquitous is hookup culture on campus–and how does it shape the lives of UCLA students?

CSW invites students, faculty, and staff to explore these kinds of questions through a facilitated discussion on Hookup Culture.

Join the Conversation

Join students from across campus and all walks of life for an open conversation on how sex and power shape your lives. This will be a setting to explore and discuss your concerns and perspectives, and to find allies and resources to develop strategies for dealing with the complexity of sexual relationships in college.

Add your voice to the discussion! Join us as we work together to make sex on campus safer for all.

Hookups and Diversity

Much of the conversation around hookup culture on college campuses has focused on students who are heterosexual, white, and relatively affluent. We seek to broaden and expand the discussion to represent and include the diverse and realistic composition of college campuses. Together, we will explore how hookup culture resonates in UCLA’s LGBTQ community and among students of color. In doing so, we hope to reveal the way intersectional oppressions shape how students experience hookup culture and sex on campus, and also how some aspects of hookup culture perpetuate heteronormativity and racist beauty standards.

How Can You Contribute?

We encourage attendees to participate in an open and safe forum to discuss experiences, research, and thoughts about hookup culture. Below are initial questions for discussion. We welcome attendees to think about them and share/discuss with friends in advance:

  • Is hookup culture a feature of the communities within which you associate?
  • How would you characterize some of the reasons hooking up works for your community?
  • How would you characterize some of the challenges of hooking up?
  • Is hookup culture good for relationships?
  • How does hookup culture relate to the information that you have learned about consensual sex and the law?


We are thrilled to have two distinguished faculty faciliators to guide the conversation:

Lisa Wade is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, which explores the emergence and character of the culture of sex that dominates college campuses today. Read an excerpt at TIME.

Victoria Marks is a Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Arts and Architecture, and Chair of the Disability Studies minor at UCLA. In 2015, she taught “Desire on Campus,” a class that invited undergraduate sorority and fraternity members to use Action Conversation methods to explore the social codes of hooking up. As part of the class, she co-created the short film Unhooked, a UCLA documentary on hookup culture. We will screen parts of the film as part of the event! View the trailer below:

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Registration is free and refreshments will be provided!

Accessibility Information

THIS IS A FRAGRANCE-FREE EVENT. For the health and safety of all attendees, please refrain from wearing products that contain fragrances when attending CSW events. Such products include: perfumes, hair products, deodorants, detergents, etc. For more information, visit our Events Accessibility Page: https://csw.ucla.edu/event-accessibility.

CSW EVENTS ARE ACCESSIBLE! If you require accommodations in order for this event to be accessible to you (e.g., sign language interpretation, large print materials, etc.), please contact CSW at csw@csw.ucla.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

Co-sponsored by:

  • Backed by Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Department of Sociology
  • UCLA Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) Program
  • LGBTQ Studies Program
  • Healthy Campus Initiative
  • Division of Social Sciences


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