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Let’s Talk About Sex: How a New Generation Navigates Hookups, Porn, Love & Consent

Sunday May 21 | 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Presented by Peggy Orenstein

Based on hundreds of interviews of teens and emerging adults conducted for over a decade, Peggy Orenstein discusses the impact on high school and college students’ sexual scripts of mainstream media, social media and porn; hookup culture; changing expectations around consent; the politics of sexual pleasure; the diversity of sexual orientations; gendered power dynamics. With humor and compassion, she separates myth from reality, ultimately giving both adults and young people themselves the conversational tools they need to ensure safe, pleasurable, mutually satisfying sexual encounters and intimate relationships.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify how gender socialization affects teens development, sexual expectations, pressures and behaviors.

  • Recognize the impact of media culture (mainstream and pornography) on young people's ideas about sex and consent in hookups and relationships.

  • Evaluate and provide culturally relevant information and support to adolescents'  needs regarding consensual, safe, mutually pleasurable physical and emotional intimacy.