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Peggy Orenstein

Girls & Sex

by Peggy Orenstein

Girls & Sex

Peggy Orenstein

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Girls & Sex uncovers the struggles that women face as they begin navigating the realm of sex and sexuality, focusing on what can be done to break the stigma surrounding female sexuality.

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Girls & Sex

by Peggy Orenstein

Girls & Sex

Peggy Orenstein

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'Slut.' 'Prude.' 'Frigid.' These words are sadly often used aggressively to describe women and girls, as a way of judging their sexuality – whether they choose to be open about it or keep it to themselves. When they're labeled as such by the outside world, they can start identifying with these terms. In turn, this can harm their self-esteem. On the flip side, boys generally receive different treatment when it comes to sex.

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

In Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, Orenstein dives into the realities of 'slut-shaming.' She highlights the struggles women face in a world where they're constantly objectified and shamed for their sexuality. Orenstein believes we can help empower the upcoming generation of girls by changing the way we talk about sex.

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"To me, purity and hypersexualization are flip sides of the same coin."

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