Where men use hooking up to increase sexual experiences and gain their manhood, women tend to hook up with the hopes of it becoming a long-term relationship and to satisfy their partner. Currier, she explores how the phrase "hooking up" conveys different meanings depending on whether a man or woman uses it when describing their sexual encounters; furthermore, Currier notes that men use "hooking up" to emphasize their masculinity and heterosexuality whereas women use the phrase to preserve their femininity by being strategically ambiguous in order to downplay their sexual desires.
There is also a difference between men and women when it comes to the reason to partake in casual sex.
A hookup culture is one that accepts and encourages casual sex encounters, including one-night stands and other related activity, without necessarily including emotional intimacy, bonding or a committed relationship.
Adolescents and emerging adults engage in hookups for a variety of reasons, which may range from instant physical gratification, to fulfillment of emotional needs, to using it as a means of finding a long-term romantic partner.
A hookup is an act that involves sexual intimacy, claimed by many to be a sexually liberating act.
On the other hand, hookup culture is thought to be oppressive and monolithic, with intimacy only occurring within a specific context.