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Peggy Orenstein presents BOYS & SEX: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity

Sunday, January 12th, 6PM  
Space Gallery, 538 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
Peggy Orenstein presents BOYS & SEX: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity, at Space Gallery
Co-sponsored with the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
Peggy Orenstein’s Girls & Sex broke ground, shattered taboos, and launched conversations about young women’s right to pleasure and agency in sexual encounters. It also had an unexpected effect on its author: Orenstein realized that talking about girls is only half the conversation. Boys are subject to the same cultural forces as girls—steeped in the same distorted media images and binary stereotypes of female sexiness and toxic masculinity—which equally affect how they navigate sexual and emotional relationships. In Boys & Sex, Peggy Orenstein dives back into the lives of young people to once again give voice to the unspoken, revealing how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy.

Drawing on comprehensive interviews with young men, psychologists, academics, and experts in the field, Boys & Sex dissects so-called locker room talk; how the word “hilarious” robs boys of empathy; pornography as the new sex education; boys’ understanding of hookup culture and consent; and their experience as both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. By surfacing young men’s experience in all its complexity, Orenstein is able to unravel the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important realities of young male sexuality in today’s world. The result is a provocative and paradigm-shifting work that offers a much-needed vision of how boys can truly move forward as better men.

This a ticketed event. Tickets available here: http://space538.org/event/book-launch-peggy-orensteins-boys-sex/

Event date: 
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Space Gallery
538 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062666970
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - January 7th, 2020