Monday, April 07, 2008

Sex Education

Donna Freitas, author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses (foreword by Lauren Winner, published by Oxford University Press), wrote a column in Friday's Wall Street Journal about the hookup culture on Catholic and nonreligious private and public colleges and universities. Among the findings in her national college survey: "Not a single person at these schools said that their peers valued saving sex for marriage, and only 7% said that they felt that their friends wanted to reserve sex for committed, loving relationships."

She also describes teaching a class at Boston University on "Spirituality and Sexuality in American Youth Culture, and the students' responses upon reading Wendy Shalit's A Return to Modesty, Joshua Harris's I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and Lauren Winner's Real Sex.