Ellen Small Parents’ Association Speaker Series 2021-2022

Presented by the Parents’ Association. Always free and open to the public.

Peggy Orenstein

WEDNESDAY • September 29, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.

Boys & Sex: Hookup Culture, Love, Porn, Consent & Becoming a Better Man

Boys are subject to the same cultural forces as girls — steeped in the same distorted media images of female sexual availability and male sexual entitlement — which affect how they navigate sexual and emotional relationships. Based on over a decade of research and inspired by her New York Times best-seller Boys & Sex, Orenstein, in this talk, focuses on her work with high school and college guys, revealing how they understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy in a changing world. Combining research, wit, and powerful stories Orenstein explains boys’ emotional development; how pornography has become the default sex educator; young men’s understanding of hookup culture and consent; the surprising lessons to be learned from queer boys; and young men’s experience as both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence. The result is a provocative and paradigm-shifting talk that offers a much-needed vision of how boys can truly move forward as their best selves.

​This talk is meant for an adult audience or students 15+.​