Girls and Sex

Girls and Sex

Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Book - 2016
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2016
ISBN: 9780062209726
Characteristics: x, 303 pages
Alternative Title: Girls & sex


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Oct 11, 2017

Technology has transformed the landscape for teenagers, and their parents. A generation ago, parents would have more knowledge about their kids' activities---even if it was incomplete. With phones, social media, apps, and a porn-saturated internet, the partial glimpse that most parents used to have into their kids' social lives is gone. (My mom used to hear one side of each phone conversation I had. My daughter NEVER talks on the phone, so that---admittedly limited---window is gone.) In addition, the global quality of the web has all but eliminated the geographical differences in teenagers' experiences. No longer is the kid in the country less exposed to the influences that would impact the urban teenager. This book is, therefore, valuable in giving parents SOME insight into the world of our kids---even if every dynamic examined doesn't apply in your environment, it's helpful to know generally "how the wind is blowing."

ArapahoeKati Mar 20, 2017

Compellingly written, this book focuses on--you guessed it!--girls and sex, plus society's expectations of young women. It focused primarily on the college experience but also on sex ed in high schools. Very informative!

Sep 13, 2016

I loved this book - so insightful. While the book of course focuses on how young women interact with sex, this is a much more overarching topic and this book addresses where attitudes arise from and how we can foster a healthy attitude towards sex for both young women and men with the advent of the internet.

Aug 11, 2016

I picked this up in an effort to continue to educate myself on what the future holds as the father of two young girls, one is shortly to be entering the dreaded "teen" years. I learned a lot from this book and would highly recommend it to both parents and teens who are curious about what's happening in our society and the sex lives of young women. It offers many new perspectives on the sex lives of young adults and some insight into how to help guide the next generation to full and happy sex lives.

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Aug 11, 2016

sarendt thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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