Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
On Sale: March 29, 2016
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Self-Help Health | Self-Help 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.
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