Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New LandscapeThis book offers a well-reported, brave exploration of the social and sexual context in which teenage girls are finding their way. Although the focus is on girls, the author deftly addresses issues of concern to teenage boys and people of all genders. Orenstein is brave and blunt about the reality of high school and college life for young people; she doesn’t whitewash reality nor judge her interview subjects. Her discussions of many thorny issues — the role of alcohol in hookup culture, coming out, the influence and omnipresence of pornography, abstinence, the lack of reciprocity in many sexual relationships, and parental silence on these questions — were nuanced, thoughtful, and eye-opening. This was a really important book to read, as an educator and as a parent.

Availability:  COSMOS, SMCM, USMAI
Review Submitted by: Michael Dunn
Rating: Highly Recommended
Challenge: Published in 2016

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