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Connections: Discussing dating culture in 2020


Author and social commentator Phoebe Maltz Bovy offered a stinging critique of dating culture in 2020, and it has sparked debate about the new norms of dating. Maltz Bovy is particularly troubled by the shaming that can go viral on social media.

But her concerns opened up conversation about other changing norms, including questions about when it's appropriate to ask someone out in person; taking no for an answer; and more. Our guests discuss it. In studio:

  • Allison O’Malley, domestic violence prevention advocate and educator
  • Megan Barrett, certified sex therapist with the Rochester Center for Sexual Wellness
  • Jessica Lewis, creator of Single Dope Black Chick
  • Aliza Leit, junior at the College of the Atlantic in Maine
  • Regan Wagner, senior at Nazareth College

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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