Girls & Sex

  • by Peggy Orenstein
  • Narrated by Peggy Orenstein
  • 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The author of the New York Times best seller Cinderella Ate My Daughter offers a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in the postprincess 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 70 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 listeners comprehensive and in-depth information with which to understand and navigate this complicated new world.


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Must read for anyone who has a daughter

We have a seven year old daughter who has recently started asking questions about sex, I want to raise her with a healthy and realistic attitude of sex. I came from a very conservative home where sex was a four letter word, because of my nativity I was date raped in college and honestly never really enjoyed sex until almost a year into my marriage. I want better for her!!! This book has opened my eyes so much on how my sex life before my marriage was very much media driven and why I hated sex and was honestly never satisfied. It also taught me, and gave me the tools to help teach my daughter, why she not only deserves but has the right to demand a good sex life, on her terms!!!! I have read and listened to over a dozen books on sex and this is by far the best one I have found. I now feel empowered to help guide her through her sexual journey and into womanhood in a much better, and more informed way. Thank you Peggy for writing this and helping me understand why this may be the most important thing I guide my daughter through!
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- Erin

Heart breaking but also inspiring

This was hard to listen to. Hard to hear what young girls (and boys) are faced with but Peggy Orenstein faces the hard facts, presents them in a non-judgemental way and ends with possible solutions. I may even listen to this again right away. As a middle aged single woman I identify with some of these struggles and wished I had learned these lessons when I was younger. Still, with more insightful people like Orenstein I think our youth have a better chance of healthy sexual lives.
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- HollybyGolly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio