The author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestsellers Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter now turns her focus to the sexual lives of young men, once again offering "both an examination of sexual culture and a guide on how to improve it" (Washington Post).
Peggy Orenstein’s Girls & Sex broke ground, shattered taboos, and launched conversations about young women’s right to pleasure and agency in sexual encounters. It also had an unexpected effect on its author: Orenstein realized that talking about girls is only half the conversation. Boys are subject to the same cultural forces as girls—steeped in the same distorted media images and binary stereotypes of female sexiness and toxic masculinity—which equally affect how they navigate sexual and emotional relationships. In Boys & Sex, Peggy Orenstein dives back into the lives of young people to once again give voice to the unspoken, revealing how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy.
Drawing on comprehensive interviews with young men, psychologists, academics, and experts in the field, Boys & Sex dissects so-called locker room talk; how the word "hilarious" robs boys of empathy; pornography as the new sex education; boys’ understanding of hookup culture and consent; and their experience as both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. By surfacing young men’s experience in all its complexity, Orenstein is able to unravel the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important realities of young male sexuality in today’s world. The result is a provocative and paradigm-shifting work that offers a much-needed vision of how boys can truly move forward as better men.
Peggy Orenstein is an American author and journalist who has developed books, from more of a liberal slant, about sexuality. Orenstein was honored by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as well as other liberal leaning groups, such as the Commonwealth Club of California and the National Women's Caucus of California. She has also appeared on NPR, Good Morning America, Today Show, Morning Joe, and PBS. THE Council on Contemporary Families awarded her for her "Outstanding Coverage of Family Diversity".
Orenstein's ideas revolve around what she and others perceive as a discrepancy between women's and men's sexuality. Her books include: Boys and Sex, Girls and Sex, Cinderella Ate Ny Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Don't Call Me Princess, Flux, and School Girls.