Until then, I recommend picking up Jaclyn Friedman's What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety if you really want to determine whether or not hooking up is a good choice for you.
Only a handful of pages actually deal with hooking up, but the advice has more substance than the entirety of this book.
Early on, the authors talk about sexual double standards with women, but the execution of the book only serves to reinforce the attitudes they're aiming to destroy.
Being a subscriber and an avid reader of Bust magazine, this isn't the kind of advice that would make me seriously consider going zipless.
NICOLE TOCANTINS works as a production coordinator and reviewer at HITS (where she and Sherman met) and runs her own music supervision company.
She is also a stellar comedic actress; her feature film work includes roles in The Opposite of Sex and Bounce, and her television credits include Seinfeld and Dharma and Greg. Before ALEXA JOY SHERMAN became senior editor at Shape magazine, she worked at the popular teen magazine Jump.
If the encounter is about you and satisfying yourself, then who cares what a guy thinks?
Sherman and Tocantins are sincere in their desire to empower women by validating their hookup experiences, but appear undereducated about the concept of the male gaze in a way that becomes a liability to their message.