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Girls & Sex Event

Posted by Mackenzie Sodestrom on

Think about the first time you talked about sex or sexuality with someone you trusted.
 You were probably young, curious, maybe even afraid to ask uncomfortable questions that needed to be answered. And in our modern times, any understanding of female sexuality is met with new challenges due to the reach and influence of technology.

You may have heard me talk about Peggy Orenstein's Girls & Sex or read some of my reflections on the book. Her work has reinvigorated my passion for creating safe places to have honest and frank conversations about female sexuality in this new landscape shaped by social media and technology. 

Rather than letting young women stumble into this new terrain by themselves, a few colleagues and I have teamed up to spend a weekend honestly engaging this very conversation in January. Our hope is to equip and empower the next generation to better understand themselves and their sexuality in a healthy way through honest dialogue with safe people. 

We'll be partnering with local professional therapists and using Peggy Orenstein’s NYT bestseller Girls & Sex as a guide. This event is geared towards young high school and college aged young women. Topics include messages about sexuality, experiencing sexuality versus appearing sexy, and consent. Friday night we will hold a simultaneous parent seminar to help parents talk with their daughters about these topics in a non-shaming way.

If this sounds like the type of conversation you are eager to have, find more information & registration here! If this sounds like the type of conversation you wish you could have had 10 or 20 years ago, consider donating to our GoFundMe here to make this event available to any young woman who may be interested in participating. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!


DATES: January 19, 7-9pm & January 20, 10am-1pm
WHERE: First Presbyterian Church or Berkeley
2407 Dana Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Cost: $10 for young women . $20 for parent seminar

Register here


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