This may seem very far afield from women’s history, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the hookup scene on college campuses—specifically the ways in which parties facilitate women making out with other women (presumably for the pleasure of male onlookers) and in some cases, threesomes between two women and a man—and how this practice might be tied to history.
But I know that the moments I’ve felt the loneliest are when I’ve been in a relationship, wondering why there’s so much distance when there should only be closeness. The coupled are supposed to be the lucky ones, so why all this sadness? Is it possible that the coupled inoculate themselves against this haunting sense of disconnect by refusing it away, and pushing their confusion onto the single, insisting, again and again, that it’s the single who are lonely, not they?
“Getting Wasted” on Fat Tuesday
Mardi Gras is a day of raucous celebration, especially among college students. Of course, sometimes these celebrations can go a bit too far, an issue that Thomas Vander Ven examines in his work, Getting Wasted. In the work, Van provides an account for the excesses that typically occur on college campuses, especially around days like this. Nevertheless, we at NYU Press hope that you have a fantastic Fat Tuesday–just go easy on the cocktails!
NEW this month!
“Readers will love this book for two reasons. First, it is written in a way that makes the reading highly enjoyable. Second, it brings a totally new approach to our understanding of money. The idea that the work we do affects the way we view money is simple and brilliant.” —Richard Swedberg, author of Principles of Economic Sociology
Timely, important…This is a must read for those connected in any way to this topic.
There are really two Aspens — one for people who are there for pleasure, for relaxation, and rest and recreation…. And then there is another Aspen for people whose labor makes it all possible.