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January 25, 2021
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Talking to Daughters About Sex

By Lisa M. Collins

Come meet with other local moms and hear from an accomplished psychoanalyst about how mothers can talk to their daughters about sex. This second monthly installment of the Our Daughters event is held in the private mezzanine at 61 Local, the lovely bar and gastropub on Bergen near Smith Street.

Dr. Joyce McFadden will talk about her ongoing research on the importance of age-appropriate sexual dialogue between mothers and their daughters, and the positive impact that initiating these discussions can have on our daughters’ long-term emotional and physical health.

Our Daughters is a monthly community forum for neighborhood parents of girls ages 6 to 10.

In honor of Women’s Month, this March forum is geared towards mothers. Please note: It is an adult-only event. The event is free but donations will help cover the speaker cost.

Friend the Our Daughters series on Facebook, “Our Daughters Brooklyn”, for information on future events.


Sunday, March 10

5 to 6:30 p.m.

61 Local Private Mezzanine

61 Bergen Street


Speaker: Joyce McFadden

Psychoanalyst and Author of Your Daughter’s Bedroom

McFadden ( is a frequent speaker on this topic. She offers practical advice for how to instill confidence in our daughters and nurture a closeness in the mother-daughter bond that will help mothers stay connected to daughters as they evolve into sexual beings.

In August 2005, McFadden launched the Women’s Realities Study, a research project that interviewed women about relationships, motherhood and mental health. The book that resulted from the ongoing research project, Your Daughter’s Bedroom, offers a new look at the mother-daughter bond. McFadden argues that the type of womanhood mothers model for their daughters determines the young girls’ comfort with their own bodies which, in turn, leads to confidence and satisfaction later in life.

Praise for “Your Daughter’s Bedroom”:

“Offers insight and honesty in a discussion of the healthy ways mothers can help their daughters grow comfortable and knowledgeable about their sexuality…An empowering resource for mothers and daughters everywhere.”—Kirkus Review

“A fascinating and empowering text for women of all ages.”—Publishers Weekly

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