Halle Singh reviewed Teenage Dreams: Girlhood Sexualities in the U.S. Culture Wars, by Charlie Jeffries, New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2022.
In Teenage Dreams: Girlhood Sexualities in the U.S. Culture Wars, Charlie Jeffries tells a history of the present state of America. Having received the book just days after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, I could not help but read Teenage Dreams with the desolate present in the forefront of my mind. Amidst resurgent debates about choice and bodily autonomy, safe, reproductive and affirming healthcare, and a right to comprehensive sex education, Teenage Dreams situates the present moment in a longer history – one that inspires both hope and despair.
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