Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity

Dirty Little Secrets Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity They have sex too early and for the wrong reasons They get STDs They get pregnant too young They have friends with benefits but with no benefit to themselves They don t get called They get dumped They

  • Title: Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity
  • Author: Kerry Cohen
  • ISBN: 9781402260698
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • They have sex too early and for the wrong reasons They get STDs They get pregnant too young They have friends with benefits but with no benefit to themselves They don t get called They get dumped They hate themselves for being unlovable for being needy They are loose girls they are everywhere and they need our help.In the provocative hit memoir Loose Girl, Kerry CThey have sex too early and for the wrong reasons They get STDs They get pregnant too young They have friends with benefits but with no benefit to themselves They don t get called They get dumped They hate themselves for being unlovable for being needy They are loose girls they are everywhere and they need our help.In the provocative hit memoir Loose Girl, Kerry Cohen explored her own promiscuity with brutal candor and stunning clarity Dirty Little Secrets is the eye opening follow up readers have been clamoring for, a riveting look at today s adolescent girls who use sex as a means to prove their worth Cohen lays bare the hard truths about this dangerous life that reveals itself in girls you wouldn t expect and in ways you might not see and that can seriously damage and hurt these girls Featuring stories from self admitted loose girls across the country, Dirty Little Secrets is an unforgettable wake up call for our culture, ourselves, and our vulnerable daughters Very few people can write about teen girls sexual promiscuity with the candor, empathy, and intelligence Kerry Cohen doesI think any girl who reads this will recognize at least one girl she knows and that girl may be looking back at her in the mirror Rosalind Wiseman, new york times bestselling author of QUEEN BEES AND WANNABES and BOYS, GIRLS, AND OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS As compassionate as it is enlightening, Kerry Cohen s Dirty Little Secrets argues for female safety and desire, and provides a road map for authentically healthy, vital sexuality Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Look Both Ways, F Em, and Manifesta A must read, for it sheds light on the truth behind the secrets and lies teens tell themselves Women of all ages can relate and benefit from this book I can t recommend it enough Dirty Little Secrets is urgently needed Amber Smith, model and star of Dr Drew Pinsky s Celebrity Rehab and Celebrity Sex Rehab Kerry Cohen has been there and it shows in her empathy, her insight, and her remarkable ability to draw out the truthDirty Little Secrets busts the myths, breaks down walls, and takes us where we need to go to understand the private lives of so many young women today Hugo Schwyzer, PhD, Pasadena City College, Coauthor, Beauty, Disrupted the Carre Otis Story

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    • Kerry Cohen

      Kerry Cohen is the author of Loose Girl A Memoir of Promiscuity Seeing Ezra A Mother s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and The Meaning of Normal Dirty Little Secrets Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity as well as three young adult novels Easy The Good Girl and It s Not You, It s Me Her essays have been featured in The New York Times Modern Love series, The Washington Post, Brevity, Literary Mama, and many other journals and anthologies.

    420 thoughts on “Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity

    • This is a Reading Good Books review.When I found out I won this on GoodReads First Reads, I was excited. I read Cohen's memoir, Loose Girl, earlier this year. I thought it was a moving piece and a rare look into the life of a girl society views as a "slut". It was not an easy read and it left me feeling rather sad and sorry for the girl on the page.This was not an easy read either. The inclusion of other people's stories seemed very interesting to me. It is difficult to review books like this. A [...]


    • The description of this book makes it sound much more interesting than it actually is, instead of anecdotes and stories the book is mostly filled with facts and figures. Much of the material is repetitive and the book doesn't really add much to the subject that was covered in the author's memoir "Loose Girls". The subject matter is important, and the author writes well, but this book just doesn't captivate.


    • I was interested in this book because I was a teenage girl not so long ago, and because I took a class on the philosophy of sex and love that touched on this subject a handful of times--it was a class that really made me do a double take of my own beliefs on sex and love. I wasn't surprised to see Wolf, Levin, or Kilbourne referenced, or a hand full of other names. The girls mentioned in this book could be anyone you know. Although everyone's sexual experiences are their own, there is a commonal [...]


    • UmmmAs a middle school teacher, I'm always on the lookout for books on social issues that affect my students. Last year, I read Cohen's "Loose Girl" and liked it, so when this book came along I couldn't help but to be intrigued. About 20 pages into the book I found that I didn't care for this one at all. Although the writing is very simple and easy to understand and the stories she includes are poignant, Cohen really doesn't add anything new to the topic of teenage promiscuity that we haven't al [...]


    • I don't fully agree with all of her conclusions, but Cohen obviously has done a lot of research on promiscuity and the reasons that cause it. This book incorporated the tales of others besides Cohen, and offered an interesting and different look into the promiscuity of girls. If you have a pre-teen or teen daughter, you may want to take the time to read this.


    • Good research in terms of finding the case studies. Not so good in terms of the coherence of message. At times it seems cautionary, at times it seems like advocating teen girl sexual empowerment. I suppose one can do both, but I'm not sure this book accomplished either. I was a big fan of the author's first memoir, and maybe that's the arena where she does her best work.


    • *I won this book on .It seems as if there is only a very narrow path for a chance for girls to have a healthy relationship with sex. The book is filled with stories and statistics that are rather sad.



    • So this book is a compilation of stories, statistics, ideas and opinions. Although I can't say I agreed with every point is this book it was very enlightening. It made me think about youths and their sexual desires in a way I hadn't really considered previously. I think this book can be very helpful to people, and at the very least make them reconsider their original ideals. I find this book very difficult to give a star rating to because I feel like this book will impact everyone who reads it v [...]


    • This is an excellent book to pair with Jessica Valent's The Purity Myth. Cohen, a practicing psychotherapist, offers an empathetic, insightful, and thoughtful look at why adolescent girls and young women use sex as a means to prove their self-worth, and successfully tears down many myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.




    • This is Cohen's follow-up book to Loose Girl (2008), Cohen's self-analysis of her own sexual promiscuity during her younger years. As Cohen points out in Dirty Little Secrets, when Loose Girl was released, thereby Cohen became a self-proclaimed "slut" having been with 40 odd men, there was mixed reaction. Some thought the number was low for the "slut" designation, some related to her memoir and found a message, and others berated her her actions. In Dirty Little Secrets Cohen takes a look at tee [...]


    • The guts of this book is its commitment to a message that could be lost to ambiguity: girls should be able to have sex in their own way, without cultural pressure. But because our world is shaped by that culture, the message is in danger of being skewed towards cultural constructions - teenage sex is bad! Girls who have sex don't like themselves! Cohen does a good job of repeating that she doesn't believe this, and deconstructing the studies she mentions, but I think the book could have been sho [...]


    • This book is not marketed for teens, but it contains content that is pertinent for them. As Cohen points out repeatedly, we have an irrational code of silence when it comes to talking about sex with teenage girls. Putting this book in the hands of a teen might be just the honest discussion they need.One of the things that I wish she'd spent more time on was how responsibility for emotion is displaced onto the boy who is, himself, still growing up and learning about physical and emotional relatio [...]


    • I received this book for free through First Reads. Thank you for choosing me. I often start and read more than one book at a time. Then I read whatever strikes my fancy at the time, and often if a book is really good, I will start and finish the same book without reading any of the others at the same time. I started this book a long time ago, and it just never drew my attention. I had to force myself to read as far as I did, which in the end, wasn't all that far. I didn't read the previous book [...]


    • Good, empowering read about girls and sexual attitudes. Cohen treats the subject with honesty and candor. One of the most impressive statements comes from a section on "good" girls and virginity. We are taught to "respect" our bodies and not give sex away, wait until marriage. Cohen says how is that respecting your body, when you deny yourself pleasure? Not that 13 year olds should be sexually active; just that waiting for marriage and being virginal does not make you more of a woman or more res [...]


    • She's good at talking about feelings from "slutty" girls but she only lightly touches upon girls who are ashamed because they are virgins. Virgins can feel horny, too. It's so common to be sexually active at a young age that girls who do choose to wait can sometimes be the ones to feel left out or ashamed to be different. Cohen only has experience as the loose girl, so it's understandable that she could only speak from one angle. It would be nice if she did some research on girls who are not loo [...]


    • Well I couldn't finish this book because it is too repetitive especially in the last chapters. But she did a great job in her research and sometimes I even recognize myself in some chapters. It is an eye-openly book and I think that teenagers or older women who struggle from love or sex issues should read this book. And those who want to know about loose girls' feelings should too instead of judging the girls they call sluts.


    • It's going to be a short review. The book was okay for a non-fiction book. It had some interesting real-life stories.It was thought provoking. It made me realize how different are expectation of the society towards boys and girls (in the context of desire).However I found it quite repetitive and biased. So I just skimmed the rest of the book.


    • This book is more about society's expectations of girls and women and our requirement to get attention through men and sex than it is about sex or promiscuity.Very good, interesting stories, but the solutions were tiny and personal rather than broad and societal - which would have been fine, but the book is more broad and societal than personal.


    • thought provoking modern perspective on teen girls and sex. very relatable. totally recommend this to people who have teens, work with teens, or even just younger women - it covers lots of stuff about the influence of parents and society.


    • Abandoned at 60 percent. the book is repetative and the people in it don't seem real outside their sexuality which seems like the opposite point this book is attempting to make.


    • A must read book for anyone that wants to dig into the world of sex in the US and just how broken it is right now.


    • I was excited to read this book but disappointed once I picked it up. The concept is there but her detail and reasoning are lacking.




    • A brutally honest look at adolescent girls and their promiscuity in today's world. A skimmer for sure, but definitely interesting and shocking. Worth the read.


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