Schiller Plenary

Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Peggy Orenstein

June 16, 2018 
9:15 AM – 10:45 AM
1.5 CE

Based on her New York Times best-seller, Girls & Sex, Orenstein discusses the new sexual landscape girls face from high school through college, reveals how they’re negotiating it. She will discuss media and social media messages that emphasize desirability over understanding desire: the impact of internet pornography on sexual development; taboos around female sexual pleasure (and why they endanger girls); the complexities of the “hookup culture” and the realities of assault. Using examples both from this country and others, she will offer hope that, through awareness, education and guidance, we can increase girls’ safety, satisfaction and personal agency.

Peggy Orenstein is the author of The New York Times best-sellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy, as well as Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-changed World and the classic Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, Peggy has also written for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, Time and the New Yorker and has contributed commentaries to National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Things Considered and the Public Broadcasting Service’s (PBS) PBS NewsHour. In 2012, the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) named her one of its 40 Women Who Changed the Media Business in the Past 40 Years. She has been recognized for her Outstanding Coverage of Family Diversity by the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) and received Books for a Better Life Awards for both Girls & Sex and Waiting for Daisy.