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From Publishers Weekly
Boston University professor Freitas (also an occasional contributor to PW) explores college students spiritual and sexual lives in this fascinating, disturbing book. With the exception of evangelical collegians, who are still gunning for marriage and trying to remain chaste until then, almost all of the young people Freitas interviewed were engaged in hookup culture, often exploring their sexuality with near strangers in the hopes of eventually finding someone to date. And with the exception of evangelical students, who allow their religious views to permeate all life choices, including sexual boundaries, most college students dont see much connection between their sexual behaviorwhich, in candid interviews, they often regretand their spirituality, which is important to them. Freitass tone is engaging and her writing persuasive. Of particular interest is her gender analysis of evangelical purity concepts, which expect young women to be chaste but passive as they wait for Prince Charming. Even more disturbing, the theme parties prevalent in hypersexualized hookup culture (in which young women may dress up as whores, maids or schoolgirls while their male counterparts are powerful CEOs, millionaires or professors) also place all the power in the hands of men. Freitass work chronicles a poignant spiritual loss that students themselves articulate and mourn. (Apr.)
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Sex and the Soul is both disturbing and hopeful. Donna Freitas is a skilled and sympathetic interlocutor, and her prescriptions for addressing the hookup culture merit serious consideration. --Randall Balmer, author of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America

Relying on exhaustive research and analysis, this unflinching work delivers both a widely comprehensive and deeply intimate portrait of hook-up culture in this formidably spiritual generation, examining its contradictions, broken hearts, and impossible promises like no one has before. Sex and the Soul should be required reading for anyone interested in todays campus culture -- and tomorrows adulthood. --Lauren Sandler, author of Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement

How to explain the rise in the spiritual but not religious option among U.S. college students? Might sex have something to do with it? In this provocative book, one of the countrys foremost scholars of religion and youth culture answers this question with an emphatic YES! At the heart of this pathbreaking (and heartbreaking) book are the stories of college students searching alone for ways to bring their bodies into conversation with their beliefs. Smart, learned, beautifully written, and above all humane -- this book should jump-start a national conversation on how the sexual revolution has trapped students as much as it has freed them. --Stephen Prothero, author of Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know -- and Doesnt

In Sex and the Soul, Donna Freitas models a lovingly Catholic attention to evangelicals, a surprisingly evangelical attention to Catholics, and a passionate, creative attention to the desires of all college students. Freitas is Americas foremost young writer on how religious traditions impact everyday life. --Tom Beaudoin, author of Consuming Faith

This book offers a rare and candid look into the souls of todays college students. Donna Freitas is a truly good listener: she creates a safe space for students to talk about the tender and profound things that they are too seldom allowed to speak of. She listens to them not merely as subjects of a study, but as fellow human beings who are at once spiritual and sexual. Anyone involved in education, pastoral work, or youth work -- but especially parents -- should read this well-written and important book. --Brian D. McLaren, author of Everything Must Change

Freitas book is refreshing. Her care and compassion for students comes through on every page. She offers gutwrenching stories of students who have been broken and abused by the hookup culture, as well as glimmers of hope from students who are bringing change to their campuses. --Derek Melleby, Engage: The Journal of Youth Culture from The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA-------------------------------------Torrent downloaded from
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