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Peggy Orenstein


Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of UNRAVELING, BOYS & SEX, DON'T CALL ME PRINCESS, GIRLS & SEX, CINDERELLA ATE MY DAUGHTER, WAITING FOR DAISY, FLUX and SCHOOLGIRLS. A frequent contributor to the New York Times, she has written for The Washington PostThe AtlanticAFAR, the New Yorker and other publications, and has contributed commentary to NPR’s "All Things Considered" and "The PBS NewsHour." She lives in Northern California.

Peggy Orenstein

Books by Peggy Orenstein

by Peggy Orenstein - Memoir, Nonfiction

The COVID pandemic propelled many people to change their lives in ways large and small. Some adopted puppies. Others stress-baked. Peggy Orenstein, a lifelong knitter, went just a little further. To keep herself engaged and cope with a series of seismic shifts in family life, she set out to make a garment from the ground up: learning to shear sheep, spin and dye yarn, then knitting herself a sweater. Orenstein hoped the project would help her process not just wool but her grief over the recent death of her mother and the decline of her dad, the impending departure of her college-bound daughter, and other thorny issues of aging as a woman in a culture that by turns ignores and disdains them. What she didn’t expect was a journey into some of the major issues of our time.

by Peggy Orenstein - Gender Studies, Nonfiction, Social Sciences

Drawing on comprehensive interviews with young men, psychologists, academics and experts in the field, BOYS & SEX dissects so-called locker room talk; how the word “hilarious” robs boys of empathy; pornography as the new sex education; boys’ understanding of hookup culture and consent; and their experience as both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. By surfacing young men’s experience in all its complexity, Peggy Orenstein is able to unravel the hidden truths, hard lessons and important realities of young male sexuality in today’s world.

by Peggy Orenstein - Essays, Gender Studies, Nonfiction, Social Sciences, Women's Studies

Named one of the “40 women who changed the media business in the last 40 years” by Columbia Journalism Review, Peggy Orenstein is one of the most prominent, unflinching feminist voices of our time. In DON’T CALL ME PRINCESS, Orenstein’s most resonant and important essays are available for the first time in collected form, updated with both an original introduction and personal reflections on each piece. Her takes on reproductive justice, the infertility industry, tensions between working and stay-at-home moms, pink ribbon fear-mongering and the complications of girl culture are not merely timeless --- they have become more urgent in our contemporary political climate.

by Peggy Orenstein - Family, Nonfiction, Relationships, Social Sciences

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 70 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.