Each year, a study sponsored by Trojan Brand Condoms ranks colleges in the United States according to accessibility of sexual health resources on campus and relevant information available to the student body. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Georgetown has been ranked 93rd in the latest study. At a certain point, it becomes necessary for the university to recognize that there is something wrong with its system and change it. Unfortunately for Georgetown, that day may be far off, judging from the current state of its approach to sexual health on campus. Certain aspects of this larger system of this willful avoidance are inconvenient, rather than overtly harmful. For example, the Student Health Services page on the Georgetown website has a subsection devoted entirely to sexual health issues.
The start of college is an exhilarating time. While the definition of a hookup is vague — ranging in meaning from kissing to sexual intercourse — it seems that the culture of hooking up is embedded in campuses everywhere. Among all undergraduates surveyed in the study, not a single student said that they felt their peers valued saving sex for marriage, and only 7 percent said that their friends valued saving sex for committed, loving relationships. This perception of a casual undergraduate approach to sex appears to be supported by research from the American College Health Association. Students from the same survey also reported having an average of only one sexual partner per year. Lisa Wade, an associate professor of sociology at Occidental College, spent five years researching hookup culture on various college campuses.