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Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape
Description: 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.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: review teenage girls’ expectations, attitudes and behavior around sexuality; analyze how prevalent models of sex education may reinforce gender disparities in teen sexual encounters; recognize and articulate why effective sex education should go beyond reproduction, contraception and STI protection to encompass consent, personal agency, sexual ethics and pleasure.