Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Category: Book
By (author): Orenstein, Peggy
Subject:  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: March 2016
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 1.05in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

The author of the New York Times bestseller Cinderella Ate My Daughter offers a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in the post-princess stage-high school through college-and reveals how they are negotiating it.

A generation gap has emerged between parents and their girls. Even in this age of helicopter parenting, the mothers and fathers of tomorrow's women have little idea what their daughters are up to sexually or how they feel about it. Drawing on in-depth interviews with over seventy young women and a wide range of psychologists, academics, and experts, renowned journalist Peggy Orenstein goes where most others fear to tread, pulling back the curtain on the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important possibilities of girls' sex lives in the modern world.

While the media has focused-often to sensational effect-on the rise of casual sex and the prevalence of rape on campus, in Girls and Sex Peggy Orenstein brings much more to the table. She examines the ways in which porn and all its sexual myths have seeped into young people's lives; what it means to be the "the perfect slut" and why many girls scorn virginity; the complicated terrain of hookup culture and the unfortunate realities surrounding assault. In Orenstein's hands these issues are never reduced to simplistic "truths;" rather, her powerful reporting opens up a dialogue on a potent, often silent, subtext of American life today-giving readers comprehensive and in-depth information with which to understand, and navigate, this complicated new world.

Review Quote*"Girls & Sex should be mandatory for anyone who cares about the present and future cultural landscape for girls, women, humans. I seriously want to quit my job and tour the country, furiously hawking Peggy Orenstein's insightful, important book."
Review Quote*"If you're going to talk about women in the 21st century, you MUST read Peggy Orenstein's Girls & Sex. No one else is asking these questions; so no one else, then, is finding out the answers."
Review Quote*"With compassion and insight, Peggy Orenstein holds a mirror not only to girls' experiences but to our own judgments. No less than the emotional health and physical safety of our daughters (and of our sons, by the way) depends on the kind of insight Girls & Sex provides."
Review Quote*"Peggy Orenstein sheds light on an important and too often misunderstood topic. Her reporting shows how a healthy and direct approach to sexuality is a key component of gender equality."
Review Quote*"Eye-opening…. Orenstein draws powerful, humane portraits of her interview subjects, self-reliant young women who find themselves trapped by sexist stereotypes about women's bodies and women's pleasure. [A] smart, earnest, and timely assessment."
Review Quote*"Accessible prose and narrative style will bring the work of many thoughtful experts to a wider audience…. Young adults, parents, educators, and activists alike will find this passionate work a timely conversation starter."
Review Quote*"Orenstein has compiled an eye-opening study of the way that girls and women in America think, feel, and act regarding sex…. The abundant information she provides will give parents and young girls the power to make informed decisions regarding sex."
Review Quote*"Orenstein is such a breezy, funny, writer, it's easy to forget she's an important thinker too."
Review Quote*"A feminist critique in the guise of a chat with a friend, Orenstein's book inspires parents to rethink girlie-girl culture. . . . Cinderella Ate My Daughter is entertaining as well as useful, not only for parents of daughters."