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"I know a lot of people who will go home with the same guy they have before just because it's not going to raise their number," explained Jennifer Babbit, 26, a publicist."A lot of my friends will say: ' I started having sex with this guy, but it only lasted a minute.
I don't know if it counted,"' offered Beth Whiffen, a former associate editor at Cosmopolitan.
The number in question is the total number of men that a woman has slept with, and the question is on their minds because they were among two dozen or so young Manhattanites who dropped by One Little West 12, a restaurant and club in the meatpacking district of Manhattan, on Tuesday to discuss "The Hookup Handbook: A Single Girl's Guide to Living It Up" by Andrea Lavinthal and Jessica Rozler, published last month (Simon Spotlight Entertainment). Rozler and their friends suggests that mating rituals of the much-celebrated hookup culture, at least as practiced by young professional women, seems to owe as much to Doris Day as to Samantha Jones.
The book's title and many of its guidelines ("Getting a room isn't just polite, it's a necessity") suggest that a new sexual revolution is afoot among a fast-and-loose generation nurtured on the wisdom of "Sex and the City," who see boyfriends as passé, dating as dated and the idea of commitment laughable. Yes, they take pride in having thrown off the shackles of earlier generations of single women. Spontaneity is crucial, but even more is a good clean exit strategy from any guy who turns out to be Mr.
"But the second 'he' comes along," she said knowingly, "it's done."And while "The Hookup Handbook" explicitly forbids its readers to mistake a hookup for a potential boyfriend, not everyone thought that was realistic.
It might come as a surprise that anyone under the age of 29 would need a definition for a term that has grown as ubiquitous in youth culture as customized ring tones. "For one thing, you can take the phone with you."Most women at the club expounded happily on what a hookup meant for them.Casualx - The best casual encounters & personals app only for NSA fun (no strings attached dating). Find FWB (friends with benefits) and adult hookups.Are you looking for hookup sites like Craigslist personals for casual encounters or apps like Tinder for casual hookup? As a Tinder and Craigslist personals alternative, Casualx only caters to the people who are looking for casual partners.Kilgore estimated that out of a random group of 10 women her age, only two or three will have a steady boyfriend, and the pressure that existed even a decade ago to be seen having a boyfriend had lessened. "I'll go through phases where I'm hooking up or making out with a guy a week," she said matter-of-factly, "but then go a month" without. These girls grew up just wanting to have fun but knew not to have too much."We've had so much sex ed," Ms. "With strangers, we are really cautious of the disease thing."And merely willing that age-old standards no longer apply does not make it so.She guessed that on average she probably hooks up 10 or 12 times a year, something that can mean "lots of vodka, feeling the connection," but not always sex."It's all about fun," Ms. "Girls are becoming more like guys, but there is still a double standard," Ms. "You are told you can do everything, but you can't.
"The result of this epiphany: You refuse to put yourself out there.