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Girls and Sex: Writers Bloc and Common Sense present Peggy Orenstein, Yalda T. Uhls and Madeleine Brand
The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater (at The Herb Alpert Educational Village)
Santa Monica, CA
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Girls and Sex: Writers Bloc and Common Sense present Peggy Orenstein, Yalda T. Uhls and Madeleine Brand
This event is co-sponsored by Common Sense, the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Common Sense provides FREE resources for parents and educators, advocates for the safe, responsible and ethical use of technology, and helps all families harness the positive power of media and technology for learning and life

Forgive the cliché, but the world has changed and parents can barely keep up.  In fact, in Peggy Orensteins great new book, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, teenagers can barely keep up.  Peggy Orenstein is a journalist, and a devout chronicler of girls.  In her groundbreaking book  several years ago, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, she explored the corporate sexualization of little girls :the girly-girl culture, she wrote, is more complicated than it looks the pursuit of beauty and physical perfection leads to a whole host of issues, from body image problems to eating disorders, depression, to risky sexual behavior and even intellectual subordination.

Girls and Sex, Peggy Orensteins new book, begins where Cinderella left off.  She interviews scores of smart teenagers, academics, psychologists and others, and discovers that the brave new world of social media, feminism,  and our contemporary pop culture have conspired to create a most complex environment for girls. Welcome to our new cultural landscape. Girls and Sex is a must-read for parents, and for teenage girls. It prompts twinges and groansafter all, we are supposed to take feminism for granted, are we not?  Orenstein tackles the thorny topic of social media and casual sex; relationships and hookup culture in high school and college, and the increased pressure of body image. Where do you draw the line between provocative dress and individual expression?  What impact does internet porn have on teens and sex? Sexual assault is rampant, and her dialog with teens about this subject is astonishing. She explores the new meanings circling around virginity.  She gives parents, teens and educators insight, ideas and talking points about choices, sex, relationships, and new waves in sex education.

Yalda T. Uhls works with Common Sense, and is the author of the new book, Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age. She researches how social media, selfies and sexting impact children and teens, and offers science, research and practical wisdom.

In conversation with Madeleine Brand, host of Press Play, an hourlong daily show on KCRW.  Madeleine walks us through cultural trends and news topics with brilliance, ease and great questions. Following the program, Peggy and Yalda will be on hand to sign their books, which will be available for purchase.

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The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater (at The Herb Alpert Educational Village) (View)
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
United States

Categories

Arts > Literary

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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