Poster Title

College Parties and Raunch Culture

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Institution

Morehead State University

KY House District #

39

KY Senate District #

22

Department

Dept. of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology

Abstract

“Raunch” culture, sometimes called the “sexual­ization” of culture, describes a hyper-sexualized climate that over-sexualizes women while encouraging women to sexualize other women and themselves. Raunch culture influences much of our social life. Drawing on observation at five parties, and interviews with 25 women and men about their experiences at college parties, this study explores manifestations of raunch culture at college parties. This research finds that some male party-goers display an aggressive entitlement to female bodies that we speculate is a consequence of sexist cultural norms.

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College Parties and Raunch Culture

“Raunch” culture, sometimes called the “sexual­ization” of culture, describes a hyper-sexualized climate that over-sexualizes women while encouraging women to sexualize other women and themselves. Raunch culture influences much of our social life. Drawing on observation at five parties, and interviews with 25 women and men about their experiences at college parties, this study explores manifestations of raunch culture at college parties. This research finds that some male party-goers display an aggressive entitlement to female bodies that we speculate is a consequence of sexist cultural norms.