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Peggy Orenstein Digs into the 'Complicated New Landscape' of Girls and Sex

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Author Peggy Orenstein says it’s never easy to talk about sex – especially with teenage girls. After interviewing over 70 young women and experts, Orenstein says teens today face many sexual pressures, from having their virginity ridiculed to shaping their self image in a world distorted by porn. Orenstein also explores why girls, empowered in so many public realms, focus more on giving sexual pleasure as opposed to receiving it. In her new book, “Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape,” Orenstein looks at the fine line between hookups and assault, and the disconnect between feeling empowered versus feeling desired.


Peggy Orenstein, author of "Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape" and "Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture"; contributing writer, New York Times Magazine


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