Friday, February 01, 2008

Quote of the Week

“Several of the students I interviewed mentioned the ‘walk of shame,’ which refers to a college student, usually female, walking home the next morning after a hookup encounter in the same outfit he/she was wearing the evening prior. Given that students dress differently for ‘going out’ at night than during the daytime, it is obvious to onlookers when a student is doing the walk of shame. One of many interesting things about this phrase is that students use the word ‘shame’ at all. If students accept hooking up and believe that ‘everybody’s doing it,’ then why do they use the term shame when referencing a hookup encounter? I think that phrase actually underscores an important issue: Many students are struggling with the hookup system.”

- Kathleen Bogle, author of Hooking Up
Interview in Inside Higher Ed, 1/29/08

1 comment:

Hannatu said...

Wendy Shallit in "A Return to Modesty" comes to the same conclusion. That's another book I would recommend to any college-age female.