As I examined my time at university, I considered the extent to which my friends and I had been subjected to hook-up culture pressure. It was undeniable; we all felt this pressure but all for different reasons. Friends in relationships were made to feel as though they should be single during this phase of life. Others who were avid partakers in hook-up culture were sometimes told that they should ‘slow down’ or should be careful not to get a ‘reputation’. These pressures should not influence us out of our comfort zones and so many of us will spend time reassuring our friends this but will so often apply it to our own lives. It is natural in any environment to wonder if there is a better or even right way of doing things, but in the case of hook-up culture, there simply isn't. The concept of ‘sluts’ and ‘prudes’ are outdated to say the least and should have no sway on the way any of us choose to live our lives. I am also aware that sometimes putting these constructs out of our minds, when society has ingrained them in us, particularly for women, is easier said than done.
The fact of the matter is that hook-up culture, particularly at university, should not be viewed as compulsory merely because it is often the expectation. It is up to us to learn our own boundaries and respect that not everyone’s will be the same. As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing wrong with exercising your sexual liberty or not; as long as whatever decision you make is safe and entirely your own.