Peggy Orenstein, Girls and Sex, gender neutral pronoun “they,” and attention seeking.

How Young Is Too Young to Talk to Your Daughter About Sexual Pleasure? 

How Young Is Too Young to Talk to Your Daughter About Sexual Pleasure? 

Slate’s weekly women’s roundtable.
April 7 2016 2:44 PM

DoubleX Gabfest: We Just Want Attention Edition

We talk to Peggy Orenstein about her new book, Girls and Sex.  

Slate DoubleX Gabfest illustration

Illustration by Deanna Staffo

Become a fan of the DoubleX Gabfest on Facebook. Leave us love letters and see what other listeners are saying about the Gabfest. Send us an email to

Listen to the DoubleX Gabfest by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:


On this week’s Gabfest, Invisibilia co-host Hanna Rosin joins New York magazine’s Noreen Malone and Slate’s Outward blog editor June Thomas to discuss Peggy Orenstein’s new book, Girls and Sex, “they” as a gender neutral pronoun, and whether the term “attention seeking” is sexist.

Other items discussed in the show:


DoubleX recommendations:

Hanna recommends “The Voyeur’s Motel,” by Gay Talese

Noreen recommends Everybody Wants Some!! by Richard Linklater

This podcast was produced by Ann Heppermann. Our intern is Shiva Bayat.

Outro song: Mariah Carey’s “Thirsty”

DoubleX plugs:

Loyal fans of Slate’s DoubleX, please remember to like us on our Facebook page. Send your emails to Tell us what we should cover in the next edition. 

Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.

Hanna Rosin is the co-host of NPR’s Invisibilia and a founder of DoubleX. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

June Thomas is managing producer of Slate podcasts.