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Boys & Sex

Peggy Orenstein

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Boys & Sex shares Peggy Orenstein's insights after spending two years researching the sex lives of young men, asking them questions about why stereotypes make life harder for them, their thoughts on hookup culture, and what we can do to help boys have a healthier experience with sex.


Boys & Sex

Boys & Sex

by Peggy Orenstein


Getting teenage boys to share their emotions can be a challenge. When it comes to getting them to talk about sex, it seems almost impossible. Nonetheless, journalist Peggy Orenstein was able to get hundreds of boys to speak openly about their sex lives.

Peggy Orenstein is a journalist and contributor to the New York Times Magazine. In 2012, she was named as one of the '40 Women Who Changed The Media Business in the Past 40 Years' by The Columbia Journalism Review.

In her 2020 book, Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity, Orenstein shares the knowledge she gathered during these discussions. From hookup culture and consent to gender expression and toxic masculinity, her subjects eventually began to speak freely about their experiences and vulnerabilities.

Orenstein's unfiltered view will help you understand the challenges of being a teenage boy in today's world. By understanding their struggles, we can find ways to better help them thrive both sexually and emotionally.

Favorite quote

At one time or another, every young man will get a letter of admission to dick school. The question is will he drop out, graduate, or go for an advanced degree?

- Peggy Orenstein

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