A Shocking, Musical Exposé of the College Hookup Culture
From seemingly innocent “hellos” to outright explicit booty calls, today’s hookup culture is a far cry from the courting culture of our generations past.
This is perhaps most true on college campuses, where newfound freedom and innumerable hormones–fueled by copious amounts of alcohol and other recreational drugs–combine to form a millennial Sodom and Gomorrah, or so non-millennials will tell you.
But all myths and misconceptions aside, one of the most unpleasant aspects of how young people flirt today is the facelessness of it all. While social media and texting may keep us connected 24/7, they also provide us with a faceless way to shamelessly distance ourselves from reality, a virtual Get Out of Jail Free card that allows us to say things to people in a message that we would never say in real life.
One female student at Vanderbilt University wasn’t just going to sit around and do nothing about the nasty messages that certain fraternity brothers were sending her, however, so she repurposed them into something much more powerful.
If We Could Only See the Frat Boys’ Faces Now…
Urban Dictionary defines sexting as “v: the act of text messaging someone in the hopes of having a sexual encounter with them later; initially casual, transitioning into highly suggestive and even sexually explicit.”
A 2014 survey from Statistic Brain showed that 59% of adults ages 20–26 have sent a sext, and 64% have received one, and new studies are showing that millennials are having more casual sex than their Generation X counterparts.
Turning the Tables
So what to do with sexts, especially the unwarranted ones? For one student at Vanderbilt University, these dirty texts were exactly the material she needed to write a song. You heard right: she turned grossly explicit frat boy messages into an epic musical act, complete with several key changes.
Uploaded to YouTube on January 20, the song “Texts From A Beta” already garnered over 70,000 views in less than 24 hours. In the description, the singer clarifies that “All of the lyrics herein are real, word for word consensual texts sent to a young woman by frat guys.”
Hear it for yourself, but you’ve been warned, this song is NSFW.