According to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, American colleges are in crisis. This Sunday, both papers prominently featured pieces decrying the modernization of higher ed. At the NYT, there's hand-wringing over hook-up culture; the WSJ is worried about the death of the humanities. It's all very bleak—and familiar.
Kate Taylor takes a peek into the world of hook-ups at the University of Pennsylvania in "Sex on Campus: She Can Play That Game, Too." The lengthy piece can be distilled to this—some women at Penn are choosing to "hook up" instead of seriously date, so that they have more time to focus on school and work. Taylor often refers to "A.," a "slim, pretty junior" at Penn, who rather bluntly discusses sex and her own ambitions:
“We are very aware of cost-benefit issues and trading up and trading down, so no one wants to be too tied to someone that, you know, may not be the person they want to be with in a couple of months,” she said.
Instead, she enjoyed casual sex on her terms—often late at night, after a few drinks, and never at her place, she noted, because then she would have to wash the sheets.
Taylor then pivots with quotes from the "Princeton Mom," Susan Patton, who's urged collegiate women to find husbands while they still can.