Feb. 8: Peggy Orenstein with Lori Gottlieb

Peggy Orenstein writes about what women and girls, and mothers and daughters, should think about.  Her beat includes really anything that matters to women: issues of weight, sex, career, motherhood, investments, relationships, social networks and more—and not in that order.  You’ve read her pieces in The New York Times Magazine, and if you haven’t, start reading.  Her new book, Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Girlie-Girl Culture,  examines the alarming new “princessmania” of our culture that drives little girls, young girls and adolescents, and its effect on their sexuality, identity , independence and development.  This enormous shift from feminism to girlie-girl takes its toll in eating disorders and depression as well as other social and health problems, Orenstein writes.  There’s hope, to be sure: Peggy arms us with advice about setting limits, establishing and sticking to our values, and more.  She is also the author of several other books, including: Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap; Waiting for Daisy, and Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Lids and Lifein a Half-Changed World.

Lori Gottlieb writes about women and relationships, and ignites brushfires with many of her pieces.  Take her piece in The Atlantic Monthly a couple of years ago, where she wrote that passion and romance are really wonderful, especially with Mr. Right.  But as we get older, perhaps our ideals need to mellow out just a bit.  Therefore, we need to be open to those who might not be Mr. Perfect, but might instead be Mr. Good Enough.  Lori Gottlieb’s widely discussed and controversial Atlantic article turned into a terrific and hugely discussed book called Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough. It set off what The Today Show called “a firestorm” when she proposed that single women would be happier if they were more realistic in their search for a mate and that “good enough” is actually pretty great — and far better than ending up with nobody.

Tickets, $20.  7:30 PM at the MGM Building, 10250 Constellation Blvd.  We suggest that you park in the Westfield Shopping Mall, directly across the street from the MGM Building. Grab a bite or a drink at the shopping center and then walk across the street to the theater in the building. RSVP TO THIS EVENT
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