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Our collegiettes know it best: navigating high school, college, and post-grad life is nothing short of complicated, particularly when we account for the hot conversation topics that are the female body and sex. Contemporary sex culture—saturated in sexting, casual hook-ups and Internet porn— heavily influences the day-to-day decisions that we make (oftentimes subconsciously) and plays a leading role in what is perhaps the most anxiety-inducing stage of our lives.
We know our collegiettes get it; they experience it firsthand. But did you know that only 13 states require that sex education be medically accurate, or that 70 percent of 16-24 year olds wish they’d known more about relationships and the emotional side of sex before their first sexual encounter? Though media seemingly often focuses on campus violence, were you aware that one in five college females are raped, but that only an estimated 11 to 20 percent report the crime to authorities? Did you know that in a 2014 study, a third of college men agreed they would “force a woman to have sexual intercourse” if they knew they could get away with it, but that that percentage dropped to 13.6 percent when the word "rape" was used in the question?
In GIRLS & SEX: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, author Peggy Orenstein offers a clear-eyed, timely and authentic picture of the sexual landscape girls face in high school and college today. In her book, Orenstein reveals to girls and their parents comprehensive and in-depth facts about what teens and young adults experience daily, how they negotiate those experiences, and how they feel about them. Orenstein delved into the depths of teenage sexuality through copious adolescent interviews and dozens of consultations with psychologists, professors and experts. Her research exposes surprising, frequently upsetting, and always illuminating realities of collegiette’s sexual encounters in the modern world, and her writing indulges us in the scary truths of topics such as The Alcohol Effect, The Virginity Sweepstakes, The Tyranny of “Hot”, The Assault Epidemic and The Hookup Culture.
Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, has been published in various publications including USA Today and The New Yorker, and has appeared on myriad shows like Today and CNN. Basically, she knows what’s up. GIRLS & SEX prompts us to consider how the personal realms of our lives are actually still incredibly political, and Orenstein poses this thought-provoking question: how can girls achieve equality in the classroom or the boardroom if they don’t have it in the bedroom?
We’ve partnered with Orenstein and HarperCollins Publishers to bring ten winners a signed hardcover copy of GIRLS & SEX by Peggy Orenstein, valued at $26.99 each, before it officially goes on sale on March 29. As students, mentors and members in society, it is our job to participate in a candid dialogue about the sex culture that we live in today. This begins, of course, with becoming well informed, and there is no better way to do so than with Orenstein’s latest, GIRLS & SEX.