1. Bilton, Nick. “Tinder, the Fast-Growing Dating App, Taps an Age-Old Truth.The New York Times. N.p., 29 Oct. 2014. Web.

Background: This article discusses the basic background behind the dating app “Tinder” and the generalizations made about  its users.

How I used it: I used this article to give an outsider’s agreement in my theory that Tinder is a hookup app, and is rarely used for romantic couplings. The author also provides a good explanation surrounding Tinder, the people who use it, as well as its role among social circles.

2.  Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas. “The Tinder Effect: Psychology of Dating in the Technosexual Era.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 17 Jan. 2014. Web.

Background: This article also takes a look at the social aspect of Tinder within a newspaper, however the author often credited our “technosexual era” to the success of the app.

How I used it: I really liked how the author used the internet and technology as a major focus in their discussion about Tinder. This editorial really helped to formulate my theory surrounding Tinder, because no one else really looked at the way Tinder fits in with social media.

  1. Grom, Emily E. “Love Me Tinder or Free versus Paid Online Dating Sites.Digital Commons @ Winthrop University. N.p., 22 Apr. 2016. Web.

Background: Emily Grom (and others) conducted a study surrounding the desires and expectations of users of dating services. Their hypothesis focused primarily on the difference between paid and free dating services.

How I used it: I wanted to include factual data, I kept saying how users of Tinder were young adults and that they typically did not want long, monogamous relationships. This study helped to provide concrete evidence of my own hypotheses.

  1. Farvid, Pantea, and Virginia Baum. “Casual Sex as ‘not a Natural Act’ and  Other Regimes of Truth about Heterosexuality.Sage Journals. Feminism & Psychology, 18 Apr. 2013. Web.

Background: This paper focuses primarily on casual sex and its role in heterosexual relationships. It also delves into the societal emphasis put on monogamous relationships.

How I used it: I thought it would be interesting to discuss how society favors monogamy over open and casual relationships. This essay provided academic level insight on the topic. It also discusses the intricacies of casual relationships. I was able to use this essay for it’s academic integrity to discuss a topic that might very well be the topic of a Cosmopolitan Magazine article (which I do not believe to be a reliable source).

      5. Garcia, Justin R., Chris Reiber, Sean G. Massey, and Ann M. Merriwether. “Sexual Hookup Culture: A Review.Review of General Psychology : Journal of Division 1, of the American Psychological Association. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 01 June 2012. Web. 06 Nov. 2016.

Background: This essay also discusses casual relationships, but often refers to them as “hookups”. It covers topics including hookup remorse, the prevalence of drugs and alcohol, and the perceived benefits of uncommitted sex.

How I used it: While this essay covers many topics revolving around “hookups” I really liked the dialogue surrounding its transition to normalcy. My entire Causal Essay is about how women are experiencing less pressure to be in monogamous relationships, and a professional essay discussing the increasing frequency of uncommitted sex was perfect to help prove my theory.

  1. Limpus, Laurel. “Liberation of Women: Sexual Repression and the Family.Laurel Limpus-Liberation of Women. N.p., Aug. 2002. Web.

Background: Laurel Limpus goes into detail about female sexual repression and woman’s role within the family dynamic. She makes mentions towards sexual desires and society’s expectations of women.

 How I used it: I wanted to show how society is the reason why women are afraid to branch out of typical monogamous relationships. I wanted to make sure that in my essay it was clear the reason for women’s sexual repression is a result of society, which will be remedied by society’s participation in online activity.

  1. Jackson, Stevi, and Sue Scott. “The Personal Is Still Political: Heterosexuality, Feminism, and Monogamy.Sage Journals. N.p., Feb. 2004. Web.

Background: This essay covers the idea that monogamy can be limiting and oppressive to women (at times). It really goes into detail surrounding society’s views and expectations of women in monogamous and non-monogamous relationships.

How I used it: I wanted to open up my readers minds to the idea that the tried and true monogamy shouldn’t be the only relationship to strive for. Many people feel as though they are put in a box that is restrictive and inflexible to their wants and needs, and are afraid of non-monogamy, strictly because of societal expectations.

  1. Haythornthwaite, Caroline. “Social Networks and Internet Connectivity Effects.” N.p., June 2005. Web. Background: This article discusses the beneficial aspects of the connectivity of the internet.It goes into detail about the types of relationships and bonds people develop through the internet.

    How I used it:Since one of the integral points of my essay is that the internet brings people together for positive discussions about sex, including this in my essay was important. I had to show how the internet connects people, in order to explain how those connections lead to conversations and expansion of ideas.

  1. Armstrong, Elizabeth A., Laura T. Hamilton, ELizabeth M. Armstrong, and J. Lotus Seeley. “‘‘Good Girls’’: Gender, Social Class, and Slut Discourse on Campus.Sage Journals. American Sociological Association, 2014. Web.

Background: This article discussed women v. women slut shaming, and why it is damaging, especially, to young girls. It also discusses class differentiation, race divides, and other causal aspects of slut shaming.

How I used it: I used this article within my essay to show the scrutiny that girls face over sex and the relatively carefree attitude that boys get to have. Discussing the factors that lead to female sexual oppression was important for thesis.

  1. Webb, Lewis Mark. “Shame Transfigured: Slut-shaming from Rome to Cyberspace | Webb | First Monday.Shame Transfigured: Slut-shaming from Rome to Cyberspace | Webb | First Monday. N.p., 6 Apr. 2015. Web.

    Background: This journal piece juxtaposes historical slut-shaming with modern day internet harassment. It looks at the similar themes in the shaming, but focuses on how the internet’s no-holds-barred attitude has exasperated the harmful effects of slut-shaming on women.

    How I used it: I wanted to convey that slut-shaming is not a new topic, and go over how the internet can give power to slut shamers, this journal piece covers those perfectly. The author’s words helped to give me ideas on where to take my argument.

  2. POV India. “”Women, Sexuality and the Internet.” .” Point of View, 26 Mar. 2013. Web.

Background: This blog post lightly touches on the idea of using the internet to connect women, who can then communicate and share stories and advice. However, it focuses on Indian women across the globe who use services of the internet to keep themselves from feeling so isolated and alone in their issues.

How I used it: My essay discusses the internet and its ability to bring women together, which is one of the themes of this essay. I was able to use a quote to show an actual example of women using the internet for this purpose.

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