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.
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.