Our inaugural issue is dedicated to the topics of dating and sexuality and draws from Philosophy Professor Kerry Cronin’s Agape Latte talk, The Imperfect Art of Dating. In her talk, Professor Cronin challenged our thoughts about sexuality and its expression on Boston College’s campus.
With this first issue, we pass Kerry’s challenge on to you: consider the ways in which your sexual actions affect yourself and others and open yourself up to the possibility of dating (and then do it!). We hope you let your faith guide you through this period of self-exploration, enjoy the articles we selected, and post many responses to help continue this conversation about love, sex, and faith as it relates to our young adult lives.
-Editor: Meghan Gavin, Boston College Class of 2010
An introduction to Professor Kerry Cronin’s Agape Latte talk…Watch More>>>
Boston College students were asked how they define ‘dating’… Watch More>>>
What to Read….
In her discussion with Conversations Magazine, Donna Frietas, author and professor of religion, offers a definition of “hooking-up.” She says, “Most people (and studies) define hooking-up as 1) engaging in sexual activity in a causal context, and 2) that the range of sexual activity is often described as anything from kissing to oral sex and/or different types of intercourse. (Also, alcohol is typically part of the equation.) While this description is accurate, it leaves out what truly distinguishes a hook-up…Read more>>>
“After a long weekend of bars, booze, and boys, I make it a point to attend Sunday night Mass. As I repent for any sins I may have committed in spite of my good Catholic upbringing … Read more>>>
“As much as other generations tell us to “just take the person out on a date and get to know them,” we can’t do it. We don’t ask someone on a date—we don’t even express our feelings for someone—unless certain criteria have been fulfilled…Read more>>>
What to Question….
- Why does the hook-up culture prevail on college campuses? What’s the point?
- Should we be more sexually open and accepting? Is “hooking-up” just what our generation does?
- Are you open to the idea of dating, and if you are, how do you express this openness?
- Does your faith influence your decision of whether or not you hook-up?
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