Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses
Oxford University Press
On Sale: April 11, 2008
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Today's college students are fascinated by religion but they
are also more sexually active than previous generations. How
do these young people reconcile their spiritual longings
with sexual freedom on campus?
Based on dozens of
face-to-face interviews, Sex and the Soul explores the
sexual and spiritual lives of today's college students.
Donna Freitas crisscrossed the country, visiting a range of
America's colleges and universities--from public to private,
Catholic to evangelical--to find out what students had to
say about these highly personal subjects. Their stories will
not only engage readers, but, in many cases, move them with
the painful struggles these candid young women and men face.
Indeed, the book uncovers aspects of college life that may
unsettle some readers, especially parents. Many campuses,
for instance, are dominated by the hook-up culture of casual
sex. Moreover, a surprising number of students see little
connection between sex and religion. Indeed, these
observations hold true even at Catholic schools. Only at
evangelical colleges is religion an important factor when
deciding whether or not to engage in sex. But Freitas's
research also reveals that, even at secular schools,
students are not comfortable with the prevalence of casual
sex, and that they do want religion to speak about what they
should do and who they should try to be--not just what they
should avoid doing.
Sex and the Soul will offer readers
the chance to hear college students speaking honestly about
extremely sensitive topics, in a book that will be of great
interest to students, parents, clergy, teachers, and anyone
who wants to know what's happening on today's college campuses.
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