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Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Peggy Orenstein

Narrated By: Peggy Orenstein

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: March 2016

Duration: 7 hours 26 minutes


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.


  • Alison Starke

    An excellent and current analysis of the issues. I recognized many things I felt as a girl.

  • Dorian Rahamim

    I loved this book! I learned a lot of fascinating and eye-opening material while remaining engaged amd interested. Its short and to the point, which I like in a pop science book. But, because its made of interviews, it has a very personal feel. Peggy Orenstein reads the books herself, which is nice because I got to hear the words expressed exactly as the author intended them. Sometimes she even does voices I feel that I am much better equipped as a man to understand and work together the women and girls in my life when it comes to the subject of sex, but also in any social realm that is split between genders. Definitely recommend!

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