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Spring Break: About Sexuality or Self-Esteem?

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Spring Break: About Sexuality or Self-Esteem?

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Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum talks about her article "Raunch Is Rebranded as 'Confidence,'" where she laments the binge drinking and bikini-clad contests that have come to characterize college spring break. She says today's young women are equating attractiveness with self-worth.

"What's happening on spring break beaches isn't just boys being boys and girls going wild," Daum writes. "It's young people, women especially, deciding that the way to measure their readiness for the adult world is not in terms of education or emotional maturity but sexual desirability."