One would expect campus feminists to rally on this issue and protest a culture that could be properly cast as demeaning. But you’ll be lucky to hear a peep from most campus feminists on the issue. They are too busy parading around campus with a 4-foot “living vagina” named “Joan” (That’s at George Washington University), hosting a “Panty Drop Sock Hop: Benefiting Vagina’s Everywhere” party (University of North Texas), selling “I love Vagina” t-shirts (Bucknell University), or playing a rousing game of “sex toy bingo” (University of Delaware). They might also be busy performing The Vagina Monologues (which visits hundreds of campuses each year) or hosting a performance of the Sex Workers Art Show (which is scheduled to visit at least 14 campuses this spring).
If it were men’s groups that were promoting these events, no doubt they would be visited with sit-ins, protests, and would eventually be forced off campus. But it’s women’s group sponsoring these events that either play into the hook-up culture or blatantly promote it. The Sex Workers Art Show is a “celebration of whore culture.” Performers (strippers, porn film stars, sex phone operators, etc.) parade around stage in little, if any, clothing engaging in a series of R-rated skits. The Vagina Monologues glorifies promiscuity and treats women as sex objects. Women should “embrace” their vaginas, “be” their vaginas. Women are literally defined by, and reduced to their genitalia. Women on campus deserve better from these so-called feminists.
Luckily, all is not lost. Students don’t have to buy into a hyper-sexualized Valentine’s Day and feminist movement. Students fed up with the hook-up culture can “take back the date.” If you like someone, ask them out on a real date. Celebrate romance. Reject the notion that it is empowering to detach sex from emotion. The power to transform the hook-up culture rests with individual students, and there is no better time to start than Valentine’s Day.