**MEDIA ADVISORY**


For Immediate Release:                                                       Contact: Carol Eberly    


February 12, 2008                                                                   [email protected] or 202-349-5882 


“Take Back the Date”


Campaign to rescue romance from radical feminists and their “hook-up culture”  


Washington, DC – Radical feminists have hijacked Valentine’s Day on college campuses by turning February 14th into “V-Day.”  In the process, they are discouraging traditional romance and chivalry on campus.  Most people are unaware of the extreme, vulgar behavior that is encouraged on college campuses in the name of V-Day.
 


“It’s a shame that on Valentine’s Day, romance is nowhere to be found on college campuses.  Instead, the hook-up culture dominates campus social life and campus feminists host events like The Vagina Monologues that reinforce the “women as sex object” mentality,” said Allison Kasic, Director of The R. Gaull Silberman Center for Collegiate Studies at the Independent Women’s Forum.  “The reality is that most students are not satisfied with this situation-they would prefer to go on dates and have lasting relationships, but they find it hard to escape the hooked-up culture.”


V-Day is a striking reminder of just how dysfunctional the collegiate dating scene has become.  Gone are candlelit dinners and a night out on the town.  Dating, in general, is an endangered species on campus and in its place is the hook-up: casual physical encounters ranging from kissing to sex, with no expectation of commitment.


“The research is clear,” said Kasic, “The hook-up culture has real harmful effects, especially on women.  Women are more physically vulnerable to sex, running the risk of getting pregnancy and are more likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases.  Many also face emotional distress associated with casual sex-women may tell themselves that it’s no big deal, but their bodies and hormones signal otherwise.  Many young women are left feeling confused and depressed.”


Laura Sessions Steep, author of Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love, and Lose at Both, sums up the hook-up scene in this way, “Love, while desired by some, is being put on hold or seen as impossible; sex is becoming the primary currency of social interaction.  Some girls can handle this; others are exhausted physically and emotionally.”


Luckily, all is not lost.  The power to transform the hook-up culture rests with individual students, and there is no better time to start than Valentine’s Day, and Take Back the Date.




For additional information on “Take Back the Date” or to schedule an interview with Allison Kasic or Carrie Lukas, please contact Carol Eberly at [email protected] / 202-349-5882.


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Allison Kasic is director of the R. Gaull Silberman Center for Collegiate Studies at the Independent Women’s Forum in Washington, DC.  Allison Kasic will be available this week for interviews to discuss the problems of the hook-up culture, and the new trend on college campuses of reviving traditional dating and developing real relationships.