"Well over a majority view marriage as an important aspiration, and think that they will be able to find that person in college," she tells Web MD. Where else are you going to be surrounded with so many opportunities to meet people that you have so much in common with, so many common experiences? Since 1980, women are beginning to outnumber men on college campuses.
"When you throw in this social phenomenon of 'hook-up' culture and no expectation of commitment, then women are losing at the end of the day," says Kennedy.
"The mantra of the sexual revolution was that women can be just like men," says Kate Kennedy, a spokeswoman for the Independent Women's Forum, the study's sponsor.
That translates today into what's known as hooking up or friends with benefits: "a guy and girl getting together for some form of physical encounter, ranging from kissing to having sex, with no expectations of anything further," she tells Web MD.
While much of the advice given out at the time was misguided and inaccurate, the 19th-century tenets of true love, respect and mutual physical pleasure are, she believes, as relevant today as they were 150 years ago.
As if all this weren’t enough for the beleaguered Victorian matron to take in, further gems of advice unearthed by Riddell’s researches include the suggestion that children who were conceived in spring and summer could be expected to have darker complexions than those conceived in autumn and winter.Later, however, when the stresses and strains of family life began to show, gentlemen were reminded by one author that ‘hysterical wives or children should be laid on a waterproof sheet on the floor and doused with a jug of cold water.’ The idea of such dominant men and submissive wives is, on the whole, suggests Riddell, not a representative one.In reality, she says, the century was full of strong, energetic women excelling in the fields of literary and scientific endeavour, or campaigning to improve conditions for their sex.To today's college students, it's booty call, hooking up, or friends with benefits.But a new study shows that no-commitment sex -- although rampant on college campuses -- still leaves women in their 20s feeling disillusioned.