Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape is the #1 bestseller at Amazon in the hugely popular Parenting category. It's also #1 in the even more popular Sex category. Even author Peggy Orenstein is a little surprised by how hard the book is hitting, and the impact it's having on the national dialogue. She shouldn't be: Orenstein has a gift for delivering just the right book at the right time, as she did with Cinderella Ate My Daughter and, twenty years ago, Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap. 2paragraphs caught up with the very busy author and asked her one not-so-simple question.
2paragraphs: Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape is soaring up the bestseller list and triggering voices from across the culture. Why is the book connecting so powerfully with people?
Peggy Orenstein: I honestly don't know the answer to that. This is beyond anything I expected, and it's both humbling and gratifying to be--or potentially be--the engine of change. Why are people eager to hear this message now? Why can they hear it the way I wrote it? I just don't know. I suspected that this book could do well if I could get it out there, but I didn't know--as I was working on it I got two responses from my peers (i.e., parents): one was, "Oh my gosh, I need that book!" and the other was, "Oh my gosh, I don't want to know." So it could have gone either way...
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