Boys & Sex
Boys & Sex Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity By Orenstein, Peggy Book - 2020

I think this is a book everyone should read, but especially parents of boys. Peggy Orenstein interviews a selection of high school and college age boys and young men and what they have to say is both shocking and profound. We do our young men a disservice by subscribing to and perpetrating the North American definition of "masculinity". By not making it acceptable for young men to express themselves and their feelings, we stunt their emotional growth. More than that, by not having honest, heart to heart discussions about relationships, we rob them of the opportunity to form meaningful relationships instead of resorting to "hook ups". We need to teach young men about respect for women and what consent really means. We need to break down toxic "jock culture", which many young men find repulsive but which they participate in because it's expected and it's "what guys do". Orenstein's interviews and the resultant revelations by the young men who confide in her definitely give the reader plenty to think about.

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