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Bestselling Author Peggy Orenstein to Speak at CWU

New York Times bestselling author Peggy Orenstein will talk about her newest book, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, in the SURC Theatre on the Central Washington University campus. Her presentation will be followed by a book signing.

In her new book, Orenstein offers a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in the post-princess stage—high school through college—and reveals how they are negotiating it. She writes about the generation gap between parents and their girls, including looking at how mothers and fathers often have little idea what their daughters are up to sexually and how they feel about it.

The book draws from in-depth interviews with more than 70 young women and a wide range of psychologists, academics, and experts. Orenstein examines the ways in which pornography and the sexual myths it creates have seeped into young people’s lives as well as the complicated terrain of hookup culture, why many girls scorn virginity, and the unfortunate realities surrounding assault.

Orenstein is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Vogue, Elle, Parenting, and The New Yorker. She also contributes commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Her books include Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap, Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids and Life in a Half-Changed World, and a memoir, Waiting for Daisy: A Tale of Two Continents.

Orenstein has been recognized for her “Outstanding Coverage of Family Diversity” by the Council on Contemporary Families and her work has been honored by the National Women’s Political Caucus of California, the Commonwealth Club of California, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

She is a graduate of Oberlin College and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and daughter.

Orenstein’s appearance is sponsored by the CWU Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, and the Wildcat Shop.

Media contact: Richard Moreno, director of content development, 509-963-2714,