Rick Perry isn’t the only person concerned with the moral decline of our country’s youth. The president of Catholic University (CUA), John Garvey, announced in a Wall Street Journal editorial that his institution will be returning to single-sex dormitories, in an attempt to curb the “hooking up” that is surely a direct consequence of men and women living in the same buildings.
In addition to scolding young women for failing to be a “civiling influence” on young Catholic men, Garvey expanded on the depravity caused by binge drinking and “hooking up” on his campus. Citing conservative sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox (who is extremely pro-marriage, to the point where he publicly demonized single mothers who chose artificial insemination), Garvey explained that for the 40-64% of college students who are estimated to “hook up,”
“The effects are not all fun. Rates of depression reach 20% for young women who have had two or more sexual partners in the last year, almost double the rate for women who have had none. Sexually active young men do more poorly than abstainers in their academic work.”
As usual, it’s the women’s fault. Instead of curbing young men’s ravenous desire for alcohol and sex, college women “are trying to keep up—and young men are encouraging them (maybe because it facilitates hooking up).”
The ironic thing is that, according to Heidi Schlumpf of the National Catholic Reporter, CUA’s dorms were already single-sex by floor or wing. So the buildings could be described as only “mildly coed.”
Schlumpf, who points out that Garvey’s statistics only show correlation, not causation, describes the decision as a “brilliant PR move” for Catholic parents who want to feel “safe” sending their children to CUA.
It’s true that binge drinking and “hooking up” are issues that university communities need to talk about. But separating men and women will not solve the problem – and indeed, blaming women for these issues will only increase their sense of shame and guilt when making any sexual decision, healthy or not.
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