Peggy Orenstein in conversation with Michael Ian Black
January 7, 2020, 7:30 PM
Peggy Orenstein joins us at Berkeley Carroll's Marlene Clary Performance Space to discuss her new book, Boys & Sex, with Michael Ian Black. Co-sponsored by Park Slope Parents. Purchase tickets here!
In her taboo-shattering New York Times bestseller Girls & Sex, Peggy Orenstein traversed the complicated new landscape of sex and sexuality that today’s young women must negotiate. “Deeply reported, passionately argued” (Slate), the book unsparingly pulled back the curtain on the reality of girls’ sex lives in the modern world. The Washington Post found it, “Provocative and thoughtful,” declaring, “The breadth of Orenstein’s reporting ... is impressive.” Yet, in the mire of the #MeToo era, Orenstein came to realize that her deep dive into contemporary culture provided only one side of the conversation.
In a world where the sheer magnitude of sexual misconduct by men young and old has become glaringly and disturbingly obvious, Orenstein knew it was time she look at the sexual attitudes, activities, and insecurities of a new generation of men with the same scrutiny and candor as she had offered their female peers. Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity taps Peggy Orenstein’s trademark mix of anecdote and research to reveal how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy, as it seeks a much-needed vision of how boys behave and how they can truly move forward as better men.
Peggy Orenstein is the New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Waiting for Daisy, Flux, and Schoolgirls. A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and AFAR magazine, she has been published in The Washington Post, Slate, New York, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker, among other publications, and has contributed commentary to NPR's All Things Considered. She lives in Northern California with her husband and daughter.
Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, screenwriter and author who co-founded and starred in the legendary sketch comedy group and MTV hit series, The State. He was a series regular on TVLand’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, Comedy Central’s Another Period, and NBC's Ed; and he was heavily featured on VH1's I Love the… series. He starred in both the cult film and the Netflix series of Wet Hot American Summer. He wrote and directed the film, Wedding Daze, and he wrote the screenplay for Run Fatboy Run. Most recently, he shot a lead role in the Netflix film, Sextuplets, he recurred for CBS on The Good Fight and on Netflix's Insatiable, and he guested on ABC's Bless This Mess and Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits and Monsters for truTV. Michael’s written 12 books, including the bestseller, A Child’s First Book of Trump. He's a popular podcaster, writing and hosting How To Be Amazing, Obscure, Mike and Tom Eat Snacks with Tom Cavanagh, and Topics with Michael Showalter. Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and has released several stand-up albums and specials. He lives in the wilds of Connecticut with his wife and two children.