While the media has focused—often to sensational effect—on the rise of casual sex and the prevalence of rape on campus, in Peggy Orenstein brings much more to the table.
She examines the ways in which porn and all its sexual myths have seeped into young people’s lives; what it means to be the “the perfect slut” and why many girls scorn virginity; the complicated terrain of hookup culture and the unfortunate realities surrounding assault.
He was on parole for that when authorities say he started online conversations with the Escondido teen.
Brainard dismissed a charge that Cawkwell planned an illicit meeting with a minor, finding that there wasn’t enough evidence to support that charge.
Cawkwell’s record includes prison time for a prior strike: In 2009, he preyed on an 11-year-old girl online, engaging in sexual conversations then trying to meet her for sexual relations.
In March, the day after a parole officer removed his GPS ankle bracelet, Cawkwell knocked on the teen’s door.
She was not home, but her older brother tossed the gray-haired defendant off the property, recorded his license plate and told his parents about the odd man who said he was his sister’s boyfriend.
The girl’s parents saw some of the online conversations, grounded the girl, and yanked her Internet privileges.
But she continued the online contact, sneaking it by using her tablet at free wi-fi spots.The girl testified that, during one phone call, she could hear Cawkwell’s mother yelling at him that the girl was too young and “she’s going to put you back in jail.” The teen said she dismissed the comment, believing the defendant’s story that he was on probation because someone had stolen his identity and committed a crime.When authorities eventually seized and searched Cawkwell’s computer, they found sexually explicit conversations with other children, as well as explicit selfies that a young Northern California girl had sent him, according to court documents.Org “An enlightening, sad and shocking look into the minds of teenagers and their views on casual sex, love and relationships.” — Aimee Blanchette, Minneapolis Star Tribune “A sequel of sorts to Orenstein’s ‘Cinderella Ate My Daughter’…. The abundant information she provides will give parents and young girls the power to make informed decisions regarding sex.” — Kirkus “Eye-opening….Orenstein draws powerful, humane portraits of her interview subjects, self-reliant young women who find themselves trapped by sexist stereotypes about women’s bodies and women’s pleasure.No one else is asking these questions; so no one else, then, is finding out the answers.” — Caitlin Moran, Author of How to Be a Woman “A smart, sobering guide to the sexual lives of young women today.” — Ann Levin, Associated Press “Eloquent…. No less than the emotional health and physical safety of our daughters (and of our sons, by the way) depends on the kind of insight Girls & Sex provides.” — Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes “Deeply reported, passionately argued.” — Isaac Chotiner, Slate “Peggy Orenstein sheds light on an important and too often misunderstood topic.