Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

by Peggy Orenstein


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2017 Books for a Better Life Award Winner for Relationships

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062209726
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,204,491
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peggy Orenstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents, Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night, and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother and Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, she has been published in, among others, USA Today; Vogue; Parenting; O, The Oprah Magazine; Salon; and The New Yorker. Orenstein lives in Northern California with her husband and their daughter, Daisy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Girls and Sex (but Really Need to Ask) 1

Chapter 1 Matilda Oh Is Not an Object-Except When She Wants to Be 7

Chapter 2 Are We Having Fun Yet? 45

Chapter 3 Like a Virgin, Whatever That Is 75

Chapter 4 Hookups and Hang-Ups 103

Chapter 5 Out: Online and IRL 141

Chapter 6 Blurred Lines, Take Two 167

Chapter 7 What If We Told Them the Truth? 205

Appendix A Consent Alone Is a Low Bar 237

Appendix B Girls & Sex by the Numbers 245

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 251

Selected Bibliography 283

Index 305

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Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lets do a sex contest best story wins first place( make it long and attractive)
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Very little of it feels research based, and it's all based on interviews that feel like they weren't chosen to represent the whole. It feels like a select type of teenage girl rather than all teen girls in general. The writing feels horribly sloppy; I found myself constantly bored or confused, despite an interest in the subject. It's written in a way that's meant to be open minded and sex positive, but it doesn't come off that way. It comes across as critical, judgmental, and as though it winces a little at the idea of teen girls having sex or about sex in general. It's important information, but it felt like it could've been handled better. I wasn't a fan.