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Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Don't Call Me Princess, Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and Afar, she has also been published in New York, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and other publications. Her TED Talk has received over four million views. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.


"As a psychotherapist who's raising a boy, I can't think of a more important book for our times. Eye-opening and nuanced, this compassionate exploration of boys' sexual lives gives voice to their deepest struggles and should be mandatory reading for anyone who cares about the next generation--which is to say, all of us."--Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
"Expertly written.... [A] candid and fascinating portrait of young American masculinity."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Masculinity doesn't have to be toxic--but so much of what we communicate to boys about masculinity is just that. The amazing Peggy Orenstein does more than just document the atrocities. She listens to boys and bears witness to their efforts to free themselves from trap the culture sets for them. Boys & Sex is required reading for anyone who has ever loved, raised, been, or will become a boy."--Dan Savage, bestselling author and host of Savage Podcast
"Peggy Orenstein dared to do what so many of us are afraid of: actually ask boys about sex and then listen to what they had to say. She has given boys the opportunity to speak honestly about their feelings around sexuality, pornography, gender, consent and so much more. Their answers are illuminating, often times surprising--and essential."--Nick Kroll, co-creator, writer, and star of Big Mouth
Forget what you thought you knew about boys and sex. Here, at last, is an honest book about the sexual lives of boys and young men; the good, the bad, the endlessly complicated and emotionally fraught. Peggy Orenstein has peeled back typical male bravado and exposed the raw hearts of boys struggling to navigate a confusing sexual landscape. Boys & Sex is a crucial contribution to the long overdue conversation about masculinity."--Michael Ian Black, author, comedian, and actor
"[Joins] Orenstein's provocative 2016 hit Girls & Sex as another game changer.... Candor, empathy and easy humor ... animate her reporting."--San Francisco Chronicle
"[Orenstein] trains her expert eye on the world of adolescent boys, and the unique set of challenges that young men are facing today. Boys & Sex is not just a candid and often devastating view into the lives of real high school and college boys right now; it's an affirmation of hope, and an exercise in the power of listening."--Salon
"A brisk, bracing read, Boys & Sex is essential for any parent who wants their son to avoid the traps of what's become known as "toxic masculinity," to discover his true sexual orientation and desires without trauma, and to have not just safe, legal sex but really great sex. The whip-smart Orenstein ... makes a convincing case for why parents who were aware of her work with girls and used to say they were relieved to have sons now "realized that their job may actually be harder: they had to raise good men," as she writes."--Men's Health
"A sobering look at the landscape in which young men are growing up -- and an invitation for the grown-ups in their lives to offer a lot more support and direction."--Chicago Tribune
"Eye-opening.... Every few pages, the boy world cracks open a little bit.... Even in the most anxiety-provoking moments of Boys & Sex, it's clear that Orenstein believes in the goodness of boys and the men they can become, and she believes in us, as parents, to raise them. As for how? There's a great, galvanizing chapter at the end."--New York Times Book Review

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