The Joy of (Caveman) Sex

Or, how a fictional character taught me to love and accept my body

Nicole Peeler
Human Parts
Published in
7 min readFeb 4, 2022

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Photo: Getty Images / KvitaJan

I recently finished the audiobook of Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein, which catalogs the sexual practices and assumptions young women develop living in a culture that often disparages female bodies, and especially their sexual organs, as “gross.” Throughout, Orenstein interviews girls who expect to give oral…

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