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There certainly are individuals who engage in casual sex without emotional commitment, and Cronin and other professors would be quick to point out the disadvantages of such sexual experiences. Before I was in a monogamous relationship, I remember hooking up with people I shared minimal emotional intimacy with.Sometimes I felt empty and dissatisfied afterwards.With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I was recently reminded of my freshman year Courage to Know class and the infamous “dating assignment.” Since Kerry Cronin first presented this assignment to a small seminar several years ago, many professors of freshman courses have added variations to their syllabi.In my class, we were instructed to ask someone on a date in person to a location off campus where we would consume no alcohol and engage in no physical contact.talk, Cronin described the mechanics of an ideal first date, and the requirements of the students for her assignment.Like my assignment, the date must have no physical interaction (except for an A-frame hug).
The alternative was to watch and discuss the riveting film because, if you can’t tell, I passionately hate everything about that movie, so writing a critical paper would come easily.Besides excluding individuals who identify as asexual, aromantic, or polyamorous, and implying that one must be in a relationship to be truly fulfilled, this mindset ignores the vast gray area between hooking up and dating in which many college relationships exist.And it problematically assumes that emotional and sexual growth cannot occur side by side.Let’s face it, Boston doesn’t exactly have a romantic reputation.Unlike New York or Paris, we’re not known for our glittering parties, scenic strollable avenues, or adorable patisseries.
Young women are now attending college in greater numbers than before, and having temporary relationships allows them to delay marriage and to preserve their education and career goals.