Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

Review by Claire Zito

I consider it a blessing to be a young woman growing up in the age of the #MeToo movement. While it has led to some tension and confusion, this is a fascinating time to be alive. The youth are constantly taking in information, and learning from strangers online about (oftentimes) what not to do. However, I have questioned whether seeing the life-changing consequences of adults on a daily basis due to toxic masculinity has ultimately led to resentment amongst young men. Boys & Sex provides the answer and so much more. Author Peggy Orenstein interviewed a thousand young men ages 14-25, asking them their opinions on many topics boys are often shunned from expressing. Reading this book has given me insight into many groups of young men I didn’t quite understand, but now just might befriend. The biggest example being jocks. As a nerdy theatre kid in school, I didn’t interact with them much primarily out of fear. But the unfiltered emotion in so many of the interviews helped me to understand their side of the story. When talking to customers about the book, I’ve found that no matter your relationship to a young man, you will find this to be eye-opening. Parents, teachers, and young men and women should all read this title. 

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