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Evan, I haven't read the Sessions Stepp book, but one line from it, plucked from a review in the Washington Post, seems to have caught everyone's attention. Addressing young women, she writes:
Your body is your property. . . . Think about the first home you hope to own. You wouldn't want someone to throw a rock through the front window, would you?
This was blogger Matthew Yglesias's rewrite*:
Your body is your property. Think about the first home you hope to own. You want to have a big party and invite all your friends over.
Other riffs, by other bloggers, were less printable.
I'm not sure Meghan O'Rourke added anything to the debate, in Slate. I don't have any great answers myself, but neither "What's wrong with lots of random hook-ups?" nor "Barricade your house till you're married -- even if you get married at 40," quite seem like the message I'd want to send my hypothetical daughter, or my non-hypothetical son.
*I think the blogger I link to may be quoting from an actual conversation with Yglesias. Anway, can't find the quote on his blog.