There are no multiple, ambiguous readings to Savage's answers. Agree or disagree with him, you have to concede that he's direct and plain-spoken.

Beyond the Q&A forums, Savage and Hutchinson also delve into the bar scene in College Park, as well as going one-on-one with a couple of students who seem to be in genuine pain about the lack of rewarding relationships in their lives.

The bar scene finds Savage and Hutchinson talking to a group of people who say they get drunk in their apartments and then head to the College Park bars to drink some more and find "hookups." They have even devised a game with points based on how many sexual encounters they can initiate in the bars.

There are funny moments, such as when one young woman asks Savage who he considers a slut. He promptly answers, "Anybody who has more sex than me."

But he constantly stresses condoms, birth control and acting responsibly.

When told about the points game, he asks, "Do you get any points knocked off if somebody gets unintentionally pregnant? You should think about safety."

Acting responsibly is one of the biggest themes sounded in "Savage U."

Another is to accept and embrace who you are. Don't be ashamed and don't let others try to make you into something you're not — no matter how much you want to be with them.

Both messages seem like excellent advice for college students who have ample opportunity and freedom to do harmful things to themselves and others as they struggle to find adult identities.

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