Acclaimed US author Peggy Orenstein to visit Australia

A compelling and incisive perspective of the current sexual landscape for teenagers coupled with advise for parents, educators and girls presented by
an internationally-renowned journalist, author and TED speaker.

Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Girls and Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, she has been published in USA Today, Parenting, Salon, the New Yorker, and other publications, and has contributed commentary to NPR’s All Things Considered.

Orenstein will be in Australia and is available to speak at your school from 8–18 May 2018.

Watch her acclaimed TED talk, already seen by over 1.7 million people worldwide.

Presentation topics

Peggy is offering two presentation topics which can be tailored to your specific audience – educators, parents or students.

From Princesses to Pop-Tarts: What the New Culture of Girlhood Means for Girls and the Grown-Ups Who Care About Them

Concerns about the media messages urging the premature sexualisation of girls, and the attendant risks, used to focus on twelve or thirteen-year-olds. No more. The new pink and pretty “girlie-girl” culture encourages girls from infancy onward to believe that how they look matters more than who they are. Orenstein discusses the trajectory of girls’ culture from toddler through “tween”: even as new educational and professional opportunities appear before today’s girls, so does a path equating identity with image, self-expression with appearance, pleasure with pleasing, and sexuality with sexualisation. Orenstein illuminates the potential negative impact of the new girlie-girl culture, but argues persuasively that with awareness and recognition, parents and advocates can effectively counterbalance its influence.


Girls & Sex: Navigating from Shame and Regret to Integrity and Joy in a Complicated New Landscape

Based on her New York Times best-seller, Girls & Sex, Orenstein here offers a clear-eyed picture of the new sexual landscape girls face in high school through and reveals how they’re negotiating it. With humour, surprising facts and compelling anecdotes, she opens up a much-needed conversation about an often silent subtext of teenage life, without ever reducing its complexities to simplistic “truths.” Touching on the ways in which porn and its sexual myths have seeped into young people’s lives; the role of “hookup culture”; the impact of media and social media; how what “counts” as sex has changed; the unfortunate realities surrounding assault; consent education; and taboos around discussing female sexual pleasure (and why that endangers girls), Orenstein understands what needs to be said, and why we need to say it.


$3000 per presentation  (ex GST all travel and accommodation covered by the Alliance)

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