[Don't forget the chaperone]
BC Professor Criticizes Hook Up Culture, Says Bring Back the Date
Boston College professor Kerry Cronin [of the Philosophy Dept, which has more sens(ible profs) than the Theology Dept] gave all the students at Boston College some homework recently. She reportedly assigned students at the Jesuit college with the task of asking someone out on a date.
In a lecture called “Bring Back the Date” presented by the St. Thomas More Society, Cronin criticized the prevalent hook-up culture on campuses throughout the country [and at Boston College "militantly propagated under the euphemism Boston College Students for Sexual Health, which desensitizes people to relationships and attachment while objectifying others’ bodies"--from the Boston College Observer report on her: www.thebcobserver.com/2010/11/02/sex-and-the-single-student/ ].
Cronin told students she was surprised a few years ago to learn that a number of BC seniors had never been on a date. So she decided to facilitate ways to help students understand the college hook-up culture and avoid it. Cronin also visited other universities and discovered that while each college’s hookup culture is unique, the same “rules” and understandings are universal.
Cronin said the rules of the hook-up culture are standard throughout the country, and that most students take part in it.
Some of the rules include, according to Cronin, not sleeping over at a “hook-up’s” house and avoiding social contact with a hookup after the fact.
Cronin has previously said that “the ebb and flow into the hook-up scene is motivated largely by a desire for a connection, but it is a desire that is hampered by a lack of courage. The difficult thing is having the simple courage to ask somebody if he or she would want to sit down for an hour and talk.”
Cronin encouraged students to eschew the hook-up culture and actually go on a “Level One Date.”
“Level One dating is information gathering … finding out if you think this person is interesting. Level One dating includes dates one, two, and three,” said Cronin. “I want you to go on a Level One date with somebody. Look around, there are some pretty great people around here.”