peggy orenstein

Peggy Orenstein wants girls to better understand pleasure, performance and consent.
The decision to surgically remove a breast either to treat or prevent cancer can never be taken lightly. And, in our breast-obsessed culture, for many women this medical decision is further complicated by societal pressures and norms.
Walking around the streets of Disney, I found myself in an odd juxtaposition between intoxication with the sparkles, jewels and tiaras on the one hand, and disbelief that I was an active participant in what I had so proudly balked at in my former life. My former life being my life before children.
We, advocates, are leading this charge. We are setting the agenda, bringing the scientists and policy makers together, implementing plans of action and moving forward to the end of breast cancer. This is all happening, albeit difficult to see through that tsunami of pink.
I have spent months trying to find Star Wars underpants featuring strong female characters for my tween. I'm still looking. If she were in the market for, oh, say, highly inappropriate sexy thongs, she would be awash in options, such as Victoria's Secret's "Bright Young Things."
It's easy to fall into the gendered trap of assuming that hammers and nails are the preferred territory of boys, but my 5-year-old daughter attacked this building project with more enthusiasm than I have seen her show in weeks.
One commenter on Jezebel, Haleyt, is skeptical as well. “Am I the only one who thinks that the 'zones' still seem pretty
Call them recorders of life. Call them absorbers or mirrors. But don't call them renegades.
It's fascinating to watch my girls develop into young women -- to see their sexuality, intellect and self-awareness grow. It's also scary to recognize that our influence in their life is waning.
Forget girls, parents are the people who need a Princess Recovery Program.
Where did we become convinced that the faux is any more acceptable than the real? And why do we so readily buy into the idea that the images everyone else is presenting are any more real than our own?
When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as
Early childhood professionals can play a part in helping young girls grasp that they are more than how they look. And they can start with how they talk to girls!
How do you find great books to read? Here's a reading list of books that will stir you, provoke you, keep you up at night and make you late for work, and get your grey matter sizzling.
6. Read Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods. In this influential work about the staggering divide between children and
Is it possible that it is Amy Chua who has gotten it right? If parents don't let a little bit of their Tiger selves come out early, it's possible that Hymowitz's Cinderella model will reign supreme.
The wound that is being created and perpetuated by our cultural distortion and commercialization of female sexuality needs to be -- and can be -- stopped.
Instead of telling our children that 'too much fat is bad' and 'being fat is bad,' maybe our message should be "Eat good fat."