Technology allows college students to take part in unique ways of finding more partners through social networking.
Sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and My Space allow students to make new friends, and potentially find their spouse.
And yet, at the same time, news about the high incidence of rape has reached a fever pitch — leaving students, not to mention their parents, worried about their safety. Hand-wringing over what has become known as hookup culture is nothing new, of course — the panicky-sounding term has been around for decades now.
The sexual revolution has been won, and many campuses resemble great drunken bacchanals in which men and women can choose to participate in no-strings-attached, or at least few-strings-attached, experimentations in lust — sex without stigma or shame.
Lavaliering is a "pre-engagement" engagement that is a tradition in the Greek life of college campuses.
Since fraternities and sororities do not occur much outside of the United States, this occurs, for the most part, only in the US.
The apparent rise of rape on campus is more recent and more disconcerting.
A new generation of activists has raised awareness of what appears to be a crisis: Studies show that as many as 25 percent of college women report having been raped, and college administrations have been repeatedly criticized for their anemic responses to alleged assaults.