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Girls and Sex: Navigating from Shame to Joy

On November 10, 2016, the Gray/Wawro Lectures in Gender, Health and Well-being return with New York Times bestselling author Peggy Orenstein.  PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO INTEREST WE HAVE CHANGED THE VENUE.  Please join us for a reception at 5:00 pm in the art gallery of the Rice Media Center.  The lecture will begin at 6:00 pm in the Rice Cinema and is presented in collaboration with the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair.

Registration for this event is now closed.  Limited seating may be available for walk up guests. At 5:55 pm, all unclaimed seats will be released for unregistered guests on a first come, first served basis.                     

We will also be honoring our Partners of the Center, whose financial support makes events like this possible.  

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Orenstein BookDo young women today have more freedom than their mothers to shape their sexual encounters, more influence and control within them? Are they better able to resist stigma, better equipped to explore joy? And if not, why not? Drawing on in-depth interviews with young women, psychologists, academics, and experts, Orenstein pulls back the curtain on the hidden truths, hard lessons, and important possibilities of girls’ sex lives, opening up an urgently-needed conversation without ever resorting to simplistic “truths.” She examines how porn and all its myths have seeped into young people’s sex lives; why we need to redefine “virginity”; what can be learned from queer girls; the complicated terrain of hookup culture; and how the silence around girls’ sexual pleasure inadvertently fuels coercion and assault. Orenstein ultimately argues for approaches to sex education that balance responsibility with enjoyment.

Orenstein PhotoPeggy Orenstein is the author of The New York Times best-sellers Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy as well as Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World and the classic SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Peggy has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Elle, Time, Mother Jones, Slate, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New Yorker, and has contributed commentaries to NPR’s “All Things Considered” and the “PBS Newshour.” In 2012, The Columbia Journalism Review named Orenstein one of its “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40 years.” She has also been awarded fellowships from the United States-Japan Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council.

Prior to the lecture, a reception will take place in the art gallery of the Rice Media Center from 5pm to 6pm.  Books will be available for purchase at the reception and after the lecture courtesy of the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair.  Orenstein will be available to sign books during the reception.

For our off-campus guests, we advise arriving early to allow time for traffic and parking. Rice Cinema is located in the Rice Media Center on the Rice University campus, inside of entrance 8, University Blvd. at Stockton Dr., (first building on the right hand side after you enter campus). Parking for most events at the Rice Media Center is by paid credit card in West Lot 1 (Alice Pratt Brown) and now Moody Lot (next to Tudor Field House and across from the new Moody Center for the Arts that is under construction).  West Lot 5 is also open as a paid visitor lot. For more information, visit http://www.rice.edu/maps