Letter to the Editor: ‘Hook-up culture’ not for everyone

As a junior at UK, I would like to say I have never been more aggravated nor disturbed with our student body and the Kentucky Kernel than I have been in the past week.

Look at what has been brought up for the opinions on Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 and you will find “Abortion act limits women’s reproductive rights,” “Candy and Condoms: the Perversion of Sexuality” and “Open relationships arise among college students.”

Although all three columns have fairly substantial information, is it all consistent with the rest of the student body’s thinking?

Also, is it fair to assume that everyone is in this “have sex, not relations” mentality? I must admit, Ms. Murphy’s arguments about selling sex were very agreeable — why must the media do this to college students — but I must refute the other two columns.

Abortion and Planned Parenthood go hand in hand. I was surprised to see Opinions allowed the publication of Ms. Huddleston’s article whenever half of the information in her article was very misleading.

Even the average pro-abortionist should know where Planned Parenthood gets most of their funding, the government, and what their mission is, but I suppose the Kentucky Kernel and Ms. Huddleston did not do their research before this article was published. If you wish for me to explain, look at the comments at the end of Ms. Huddleston’s column online.

This coincides directly with the idea behind Mr. Gibson’s article on open relationships. If these relationships didn’t happen, our tax dollars would not go to waste by supporting the operations of Planned Parenthood. I agree with the fact that this is what our culture has come to, the “hook-up culture,” however, I don’t agree with his ideology.

Is it right that our culture has come to this decision of the hook-up and get it over with mentality? I believe most students want something more than just sex; passion and emotional relationship are vital in a relationship, specifically for women, as proven in several different experiments on college relationships in psychology.

The fact that the abortion article and the open relationship article were published back-to-back leads me to believe that the Kentucky Kernel only cares about what the pop culture says and not about what the rest of the student body has to say on this situation. If only the paper would ask for opinions from other students, maybe those affiliated with groups with values, then there would be less ignorance.

For this reason, I am ashamed to call the Kentucky Kernel my school newspaper. Forty years of being in print? That’s something to be proud of whenever opinions such as those mentioned above are always printed.

Sean Brune

Psychology junior