Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Susan Caringella

Second Advisor

Dr. Angela Moe

Third Advisor

Dr. Zoann Snyder


Rape, hooking-up, gender inequality, campus, feminist theory, prevention, man-woman relationships

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study examines the norms of hooking-up and compares these norms to rape culture in order to measure rape myth acceptance or supportive attitudes towards rape as they manifest in hook-up culture on campus. By consulting what is already published in scholarship about rape culture and rape myths, this study builds on the very limited literature on hook-up culture.

This study uses mixed methods to inquire about norms of hook-up culture and measures the rape myth acceptance and rape attitudes by gender of respondents in a Midwest campus environment. By addressing the issues that students face with gender inequality and tying the opinions and responses of the participants into the daily context of campus life, this study offers insight into the complex issue of hooking up and sexual assault and offers some possible solutions and new directions for future research, policy, and educational tools.