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Author Archive: "Donna Freitas"

Powell’s Q&A: Donna Freitas

Describe your latest book/project/work.
My most recent nonfiction book, The End of Sex, is most definitely not about how sex is "over" — though I keep getting questions about why I'm saying this is the case. My academic background is in philosophy, theology, and gender, and when we talk about "ends" in those fields, we are generally talking about something as an "end in itself" and trying to get at its meaning and purpose. I thought titling this book The End of Sex would be a provocative way of signaling that, here, I want to ask about the meaning and purpose of sex — given the rise of hookup culture on college campuses. If I could redo the subtitle to better fit what this book is about, it would go something like this: The End of Sex: Putting the Meaning Back into Sexual Intimacy for the Hookup Generation.

For the last eight years, I've been investigating (among other things) the role of hookup culture and how it's affecting the college experience today. I got into this conversation after launching a nationwide study on college student attitudes about sexuality and ...


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