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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—As a sexuality educator at middle schools, high schools, and colleges, Pardes has had her share of the experience in the trenches, and shares some of the most commonly requested information. She is up-front and honest with her audience, not shying away from topics such as anal sex, masturbation, and readiness for a sexual relationship. She strives to give teens the information they need, without judgment, to make their own decisions. She freely discusses sex without love, reproductive anatomy, transitioning as a transsexual, and sexually transmitted diseases. Because she tries to do so much in one volume, some topics, such as STDs other than HIV, are mentioned but not covered in depth. The openness of this book will be a boon to teens looking for frank discussions of sexuality and making choices.—Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI
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Pardes is an HIV counselor who has led sex-ed classes in middle schools, high schools, and colleges, and she draws on her extensive experience instructing young people in this resource. An empowering, opening chapter sets the tone: "No matter what anyone tells you, what you do with your own body is up to you." Subsequent chapters, which often use a question-and-answer format based on teens' actual queries, delve into sexual anatomy, questions to consider before sex, contraception, safe-sex practices, homosexuality, masturbation, and sexual violence. Throughout, Pardes avoids a heterosexual bias, and her discussion of sexual activity is explicit and inclusive: dildos are briefly mentioned, for example. The facts are up-to-the-minute (there is a paragraph about the new vaccine against HPV), and the language is refreshingly clear, straightforward, and never judgmental. Pardes clearly defines the differences between emergency contraception (Plan B) and abortion pills as well as terms such as transvestite, transgender, and transsexual. Bolstered by excellent resource lists, this title stands out for its comprehensive, open coverage of teens' most urgent questions about sexuality. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-03-01 (March 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435228782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435228788
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,977,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

After years of teaching sex education in middle schools, high schools, and colleges in New York City, Bronwen Pardes has heard it all and blushes at nothing. "Doing It Right" offers down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is answer to the questions teens have been asking her for years. It's one of New York Public Library's "Books for the Teen Age," an American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and on the Voices of Youth Advocates Non-Fiction Honor List.

Pardes holds a Bachelor's degree from Vassar College and a Master's Degree in human sexuality from New York University. She has served as an expert for the websites TeenHealthFX.com and sexetc.com, which answer teens' questions about sex. She currently teaches human sexuality courses at Brooklyn College and LaGuardia Community College in New York.

Customer Reviews

Good book, good facts, good presentation.
Robin Krestor
The question and answer format of the book is very useful and covers a lot of questions that teens would have and helps give a positive answer to all the questions.
Zack
This book is a well-written, practical resource for pre-teens, teenagers, parents and professionals, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Erica Seidel

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Donnelly on April 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Pardes (dubbed `The Sex Lady' by her students) has a superb "voice" for dishing sex advice to adolescents. As a middle school teacher, I know all too well how difficult it can be to strike the right tone in talking to pre-teens and teens. If you talk to them too simply, they think (rightly so) that you're patronizing them; if you talk to them as you would an adult, then their eyes glaze over and all is lost. It is a fine line. What is remarkable about Doing It Right is that Pardes achieves that delicate balance by talking to this age group in a way that is neither condescending nor complicated -- she just gives her readers the facts on sex matters in a manner that is down-to-earth, unbiased, and often funny. For young adults who read this book, not only will Doing it Right be an important source of information on some of the biggest issues they face today, but even more importantly, Pardes' accessible writing style will read like a candid conversation with the cool big sister they wish they had.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Reinhardt on March 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
What a breath of fresh air this book is!

As a parent of a pre-teen girl, I'm concerned that the messages we give our teens about sex emphasizes the wrong things and omits critical information. The author does a remarkable job of cutting through the confusion around sex to expose some deep truths about making smart and satisfying choices.

The book is written for teens, but would be a valuable resource for any parent who wants to put honesty at the center of the conversations they have with their teens about sex.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SN.Alper on March 29, 2007
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The age-old dilemna that has been the theme of so many comedy routines -- how the heck does one explain to teenagers who are discovering their own sexuality what it all means? -- is answered in this insightful, user-friendly guide. Parents who are not quite sure how to confront it? Buy this book. Teens whose parents aren't explaining, or whose friends are talking nonsense about sex? Buy this book. Make no mistake. The issue is not whether teens should have sex: they are, and they will. The issue is, when they have it, do they have any idea what it is, and how to protect themselves from harm? Important as well, Pardes conveys through her non-judgmental style that teens need not feel guilty about the fact that God has given them sexual feelings. They can then make their choices without guilt, and with full information -- a tremendous service.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erica Seidel on April 28, 2007
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As a clinical psychologist working with adolescent girls this book has been a life-saver. The book answers real-life questions teenagers have about sex in a non-judgmental, easy-to-understand way. The topics are broad and the book does not shy away from any issues. The author's respectful and supportive tone conveys a sense of confidence in the reader's ability to take control of his/her body and choices. This book is a well-written, practical resource for pre-teens, teenagers, parents and professionals, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By publish or perish on July 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
This exceptional book on teen sexuality should be the first book anyone with questions about sex or sexuality buys. Written for both boys and girls- with the belief that boys should know about girls and vice versa-it's ideal for a parent looking to buy a book for their teen or for a teen looking for something written specifically for them. Parents will find plenty they probably didn't know, and may very well learn ways to talk to their kids about difficult issues. Teens will find a warm, non-judgemental voice they can trust.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R on January 24, 2008
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Great factual information. What most kids are not going to ask about - but should know.
Leave out on your bookcase for the kids to pick up and read.
Might save your child from asking friend who may make up something instead of giving factual information.
Adults could learn a thing or two in most cases
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zack on April 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The book Doing it Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex by Bronwen Pardes is an all-inclusive informational book about many of the aspects of sexuality. The book starts by saying that sex can mean different things to different people and that that must always be kept in mind. It teaches the basic anatomy of both the male and female in order to make the topics easier to understand.

The book goes on to talk about sexually transmitted infections and diseases along with their symptoms, treatments, and testing. Also it talks about contraception and birth control and also distinguishes which kinds protect against STI's and which ones do not. The book talks about all the different kinds of sexual orientation such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual. It then goes on to talk about transgendered people and people who are questioning their gender. It also talks about masturbation and covers a lot of commonly used slang with regards to sexuality in order to help the reader understand what other people are talking about. It then talks about a more serious topic in rape, and talks about the feelings you may experience if you have been raped and what kind of help you can seek.

A very cool part of this book is that it supplies resources at the end of it for people who are interested in learning more about any of the topics. The resources are sprinkled throughout the book where the topic is covered but there is also a chapter at the end of the book that has all of the resources listed and organized by topic. This is so important because this book is aimed at teenagers which can be a very confusing time in growing up.
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