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Don't Call Me Princess

Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life

by Peggy Orenstein

On Sale: 02/27/2018

Price: $16.99

Don't Call Me Princess

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Don't Call Me Princess

Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life

by Peggy Orenstein

On Sale: 02/27/2018

Format:

Price: $16.99

About the Book

The New York Times bestselling author of Girls & Sex and Cinderella Ate My Daughter delivers her first ever collection of essays—funny, poignant, deeply personal and sharply observed pieces, drawn from three decades of writing, which trace girls’ and women’s progress (or lack thereof) in what Orenstein once called a “half-changed world.”

Named one of the “40 women who changed the media business in the last 40 years” by Columbia Journalism Review, Peggy Orenstein is one of the most prominent, unflinching feminist voices of our time. Her writing has broken ground and broken silences on topics as wide-ranging as miscarriage, motherhood, breast cancer, princess culture and the importance of girls’ sexual pleasure. Her unique blend of investigative reporting, personal revelation and unexpected humor has made her books bestselling classics.

In Don’t Call Me Princess, Orenstein’s most resonant and important essays are available for the first time in collected form, updated with both an original introduction and personal reflections on each piece. Her takes on reproductive justice, the infertility industry, tensions between working and stay-at-home moms, pink ribbon fear-mongering and the complications of girl culture are not merely timeless—they have, like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, become more urgent in our contemporary political climate.

Don’t Call Me Princess offers a crucial evaluation of where we stand today as women—in our work lives, sex lives, as mothers, as partners—illuminating both how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

 

 

 

 

 

Critical Praise

“The real strength of this collection is Orenstein’s beautiful interweaving of personal stories with politics and her writings on/about politics.... She enriches her readers’ understanding of abortion laws, breast cancer, body image, pornography, and other timely issues in specific yet open-ended and complex ways.” - Library Journal, starred review

“Nonsensational but deeply entertaining…. A must-read.” - People, Book of the Week

“A nuanced read for anyone who remembers being a young woman and anyone who is raising the next generation of girls (and boys) for whom we hope the future holds sexual satisfaction, not pain or disappointment.” - Rebecca Traister, More

“Insightful…. Also offers an intimate portrait of Orenstein herself…. The power of her work comes from her incessant curiosity and her general unwillingness to provide a singular answer to life’s biggest questions.” - Booklist, starred review

“Compelling and intelligent, Orenstein’s book offers a powerful vision of the challenges of modern womanhood and of what it means to be female in 21st-century America. A sharp, timely collection of essays.” - Kirkus

Praise for Girls & Sex: “Provocative and thoughtful.... Both an examination of sexual culture and a guide on how to improve it.... The breadth of Orenstein’s reporting...is impressive.” - Laura Stepp, Washington Post

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062688903
  • ISBN 10: 0062688901
  • Imprint: Harper Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 02/27/2018
  • Trimsize: 5.313 in (w) x 8.000 in (h) x 0.901 in (d)
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: $16.99
  • BISAC1: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Essays
  • BISAC2: LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Essays
  • BISAC3: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory