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Changing Bodies, Changing Lives: Expanded Third Edition: A Book for Teens on Sex and Relationships Paperback – September 8, 1998
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His father won't talk to him about sex and he is too embarrassed to talk with me. In fact, I had to leave it in his room and he swore he wouldn't look at it. That he had learned everything he needed to know in 1 week of sex ed at school (!)
2 weeks later he thanked me for buying it. Still trying to keep the lines of communication open but at least now I know he is armed with knowledge.
1. It had great personal narratives from a wide variety of teens on a bunch of topics that were very helpful and affirming and just exactly the right thing. It was queer-friendly (a la 1998 - can't remember if it covers gender identity). It got into a lot of questions young people have about what does sex feel like, etc.
2. This book was published in 1998. A lot has changed since then and even I year ago noticed the disconnect between it and my health class at school. For instance, the concern over AIDS as death sentence. This is why this book cannot be gifted without a careful read through and additional updated information. For this reason, I am not purchasing this book now as a gift but rather opting for S.E.X. by Heather Corinna.
Give it a new edition for the 2010s and it would be great.
It handles not only the standard "puberty" information of sexual anatomy, safer sex and drugs, but also emotional and social areas like negotiating increased independence from parents, the sometimes confusing nature of sexual and romantic orientation, and body image and individuality. The material quoted from teens is frank and unpolished and helps to highlight that other people have probably experienced some of the same things the reader has. The book's approach is clearly that everyone is different, there is no one right way to navigate the difficult teenage years, and that everyone needs to be informed to make their own choices.
I don't know why people reviewed the pictures as looking out of date. Maybe it's regional but I was pleasantly surprised that they looked very current. (It may seem like a small thing but I remember how hard it is, when you're a teen, to take advice from a book that sounds like it's old and clueless.)
I didn't expect my son to be too interested in it yet but he looked at it for some time and shared a few things that he found surprising or interesting. His verdict is "Huh. They just tell kids what we need to know. That's kind of neat" which lets me know this was the right book to get.
I have no agenda except to facilitate my children growing up as healthy, well-adjusted and happy as possible. Because of that my priority was to place the most unbiased and complete information I could into their hands. I am very happy with this book and very glad I can trust that my children will not be misinformed or have information withheld from them because of someone else's agenda.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend this book to every parent with a teen. This book goes in depth on all kinds of subjects teens may have to deal with, and it has comments from teens who had to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jen C.
I have given these to many young relatives and to friends with teenagers.They all learned a lot and were very grateful to have this book.Published 3 months ago by B. Gail
Very TEXT book oriented. It had information in it that was certainly usefull.Published 5 months ago by Audrey Aguilera
I was given an older edition of this as a teen. It was my go-to for almost every question body and social related. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sarah Martin
Great for a young teenagers wanting to learn about hoe our body works.Published 11 months ago by Monica