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Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

 
 
Author
Peggy Orenstein.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780062209726
Pages/Publication Date 301/2016
Daedalus Item Code 79115
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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. Journalist Peggy Orenstein interviewed 70 young women and a wide range of psychologists, academics, and experts in this follow-up to Cinderella Ate My Daughter, offering a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in the post-princess stage—high school through college—and how they are negotiating it. While headlines have focused on the rise of casual sex and the prevalence of rape on campus, Orenstein illuminates a much broader picture, examining 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. Rather than reduce her finding to simple truisms, she opens a dialogue on a potent, often silent subtext of American society.

"Sex and teenagers have always gone together, but parents reading Orenstein's frank exploration of current trends may still be in for a shock.... This isn't a comfortable book to read (Orenstein herself admits twinges a few times), but it's an important one."—Booklist

"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."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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