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The author of the New York Times bestseller Cinderella Ate My Daughter offers a groundbreaking 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 & Sex, 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 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 to understand and navigate this complicated new world. Praise for Girls & Sex Girls & Sexshould 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. Rashida Jones, actress, writer, producer 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. Caitlin Moran, author of How to Be a Woman 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) depend on the kind of insight Girls & Sex provides. Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes 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. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn. OrgPraise for Cinderella Ate My Daughter Orenstein is such a breezy, funny writer, it s easy to forget she s an important thinker, too. People Orenstein consistently brings an opinionated yet sensible sensibility to the hottest-button questions of contemporary feminism. San Francisco Chronicle Orenstein coaxes fresh insights from the exhaustively analyzed subject of gender and its discontents. New York Times Book Review"

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Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein is a best-selling author and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. Orenstein has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, Elle, Discover, More, Mother Jones, Salon, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New Yorker, and has contributed commentaries to NPR's All Things Considered. Her articles have been anthologized multiple times, including in The Best American Science Writing. She has been a keynote speaker at numerous colleges and conferences and has been featured on, among other programs, "Nightline," "Good Morning America," "Today," NPR's "Fresh Air" and Morning Edition, and CBC's "As It Happens. "Orenstein was recognized for her "Outstanding Coverage of Family Diversity," by the Council on Contemporary Families and received a "Books For A Better Life Award" for . Her work has also been honored by the Commonwealth Club of California, the National Women's Political Caucus of California, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Additionally, she has been awarded fellowships from the United States-Japan Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Orenstein is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter.

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