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Author: Peggy Orenstein Narrator: Peggy Orenstein Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9780062209788
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Orenstein sheds light on an important and too often misunderstood topic.”

    Sheryl Sandberg, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Orenstein holds a mirror not only to girls’ experiences but to our own judgments.”

    Rosalind Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Nonsensational but deeply entertaining…A must-read.”


  • “A nuanced read for anyone who remembers being a young woman and anyone who is raising the next generation of girls (and boys) for whom we hope the future holds sexual satisfaction, not pain or disappointment.”

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  • “Thought provoking…full of thoughtful concern and empathetic questions.” (Cindi Leive, New York Times Book Review, cover review)

    New York Times Book Review (cover review)

  • “Provocative and thoughtful…Both an examination of sexual culture and a guide on how to improve it.”

    Washington Post

  • “Orenstein…proves highly effective as a narrator with smooth transitions, confident projection, and the ability to change tone quickly. Her voice moves smoothly from paragraph to paragraph and topic to topic, keeping a friendly tone that encourages the listener to better understand the complexity of becoming a woman in an age of selfies, sexting, and contradictory messages about how to negotiate one’s sexual identity.”


  • Girls & Sex should be mandatory for anyone who cares about the present and future cultural landscape for girls, women, humans. I seriously want to quit my job and tour the country, furiously hawking Peggy Orenstein’s insightful, important book.”

    Rashida Jones, actress, writer, producer

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • #1 Amazon bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for April 2016
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A People Pick of the Week

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 12/21/2016

    " Very good book that helps you in understanding you're not alone in struggling with how girls perceive sex today and how much different it is from my generation. Would suggest it for any parent of a teen, boy or girl. "

About the Author

Peggy Orenstein is the author of several books including the New York Times bestsellers Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Girls & Sex, and Boys & Sex. 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.