The Ohio State University at Lima

Bestselling author Orenstein coming to campus to talk about Girls and Sex

The Ohio State University at Lima welcomes Peggy Orenstein, the New York Times bestselling author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, to campus for a public talk at 6:30 p.m., Wed., April 19, 2017, in Science 100. The event is free and open to the public.
Orenstein is also the author of Girls and Sex, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, she has been published in USA Today, Parenting, Salon, the New Yorker, and other publications, and has contributed commentary to NPR’s All Things Considered.

Students, faculty and staff at Ohio State Lima have been exploring Orenstein’s work throughout the semester. The Spring Honors Book Seminar in March focused on Orenstein's book Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape. Publisher HarperCollins describes the book as 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.”

“I thought that Girls and Sex was eye-opening and refreshing. I enjoyed the frankness of it, even though some of the discussion was somewhat disconcerting,” said Jessica Brockert, a senior in Psychology from Bluffton. “The conversations within the book and those like the one on campus are necessary because the reality is that open discussions about sex need to be a more common thing. Those conversations allow people to understand each other and create a more healthy environment for both girls and boys. I know that girls aren’t the only sex that have substantial sexual pressures, but making sure that we are talking about why those pressures or expectations even exist can help us address the inherit biases and consequences that arise from them.”

About Girls and Sex from publisher Harper Collins

“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 in the media
TED Talk, October 2016
Health News from NPR: March 29, 2016

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