In the News...Hooked Up and Disturbed

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"Hooking up" is the term that, sadly, defines the sexual lives of teenagers, especially young women. The practice of casual sex, encouraged by the media and entertainment industry, turns out to be even more dangerous than previously thought. Laura Sessions Stepp, in her book Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love, and Lose at Both, analyzes the reasons the hooked-up culture is so devastating for women. She asserts that the bad habits picked up from hooking up with multiple sexual partners on a regular basis can damage the potential for long-term commitment in marriage. Oxytocin, a hormone produced in the brain, promotes feelings of connection and love and is produced by breast-feeding mothers, helping them bond with their children. It is also produced during sex. Males produce less of this chemical during sex, and it is suppressed by testosterone. Stepp asserts that this is why girls are in turmoil after casual sex and boys are less affected. Girls are not prepared for the emotional toil of hooking up, and this often leads them into alcohol abuse, anorexia, and emotional disturbance (Barbara Meltz, "Hooking Up Is the Rage, but Is It Healthy?" The Boston Globe, Feb. 13, 2007). God's law provides the solution to this problem. It prohibits sex outside of single, monogamous, heterosexual marriage. Reestablishing right behavior after having been absorbed by the hook-up culture is a difficult task, but not impossible when actively seeking God's help and His way of life.