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Sept. 21: "Hooking Up: Sex, Alcohol and the Death of Romance on College Campuses"

Lecture by award-winning author and media personality Naomi Wolf

When: Wednesday 21 September, 7:30-9:00 PM

Where: Kresge Auditorium of DePauw’s Performing Arts Center

Naomi Wolf is accredited for launching a new feminist movement in the late 20th Century with her claim that the fashion industry’s images of beauty are used against women. Beauty Myth "presents a provocative and persuasive account of the pervasiveness of the beauty ideal in all facets of Western culture, including work, sex, and religion," noted Library Journal. Wolf is also co-founder of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, an organization that teaches young women how to become leaders and agents of change in the 21st century. Woodhull has graduated ov er 800 students. As Newsweek recently reported, 78% of college students say they have "hooked up," usually after consuming alcohol. According to Wolf, young women feel pressured to live up to the unrealistic sexual standards of the pornographic industry, but also fear being called 'sluts' if they are too sexually assertive. Young men feel the pressure to 'score' and have casual conquests without getting emotionally involved. The result? Hooking up. Rather than simply condemning this practice, Wolf's lecture explores why it is a symptom of something deeper: the reality that students are pressured with millions of sexual images but lacking a real set of values surrounding sexuality. In her lecture, Wolf forges, with the students' participation, a realistic set of sexual ethics that will help them address real-life situations and take responsibility for their own value-based decisions.

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