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Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex, and Safety Paperback – June 1, 2010

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From School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up-Hasler, the host and writer of the popular web series "The Midwest Teen Sex Show," offers a book that's funny (a silhouette of two cows engaging in the book's said topic is on the cover and introduces chapters), accurate, and packed with the information readers need to make informed decisions. Her focus is on keeping the mind, body, and spirit safe, and no topic is considered taboo. From explaining the ways people might identify themselves sexually to birth control and good communication to "Kinks, Fetishes, and Fantasies," Hasler offers down-to-earth advice in a nonjudgmental tone. She uses slang teens will most likely be familiar with, as well as technical terminology ("blue balls" and "vasocongestion"). The questions from teens at the end of each chapter will be of particular interest to readers, and the author's answers often serve to dispel commonly held myths. The book contains an extensive chart on sexually transmitted infections, anatomical drawings, and spot-art cartoons that add levity to serious discussions. Hasler is a clear and precise writer, and her book can be referenced either by chapter or read cover to cover. This frank and unflinching book is perfect for older teens.-Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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The cover image of one cow mounting another in silhouette is the first signal that this excellent resource takes a frank, funny approach to sex education. Hasler, a columnist who answers teens’ questions in her own “webisodes” and on the school speaking circuit, is more colloquial than clinical as she delivers a wealth of accurate information. Readers will find basic facts about anatomy, hygiene, and birth control (“Toothpaste is not a spermicide”), but they’ll also discover straightforward coverage of more typically taboo subjects, such as sex toys, fantasies, and fetishes. From definitions of GLBT terms to guides to safe sex, regardless of teens’ sexual orientation, the book’s inclusiveness is rare and welcome. Never judgmental (one section is entitled “Shame, Guilt, and Other Nonsense”), Hasler encourages teens to take ownership of their bodies, make informed decisions, and get help when necessary, especially if they think they have an STD: “Don’t sit around . . . writing e-mails to online health forums.” Lighthearted cartoons and well-chosen resources complete this indispensable guide for teens seeking reliable, explicit facts about healthy sex. Grades 10-12. --Gillian Engberg

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Zest Books (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981973329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981973326
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My nephew is only 13 and is already having oral sex (don't ask how we found out). Since he's only being raised by his mom, I got tasked with being the "father figure" and giving him the sex talk. I looked all over Amazon for a book that wouldn't be prudish or judgmental, yet would be entertaining while informative. We also wanted to encourage abstinence if possible, but didn't want all of the "God" or "Jesus" talk that usually comes with it. Nor did we want to put our heads in the sand and think that an abstinence lecture would be enough and assume he wouldn't have sex until he was 18. This book is the answer. It covers everything from mutual masturbation and different sexual activities, all the way to safe-sex, relationships, and communication.

However, there are some sections of this book which I don't think are appropriate for a 13 year-old to know about (BDSM, etc.). Depending on the age of your teen, you may need to do some selective (and temporary) censorship. So, we've decided to photocopy selected parts of the book as his weekly reading assignment, after which we'll have a discussion on that topic. This was the only way we could think of to:
1. give him good information, but age appropriate
2. give him more chapters/sections as he gets older
3. not just hand him a book in the place of good discussion/guidance
4. not bombard him with a bunch of topics all in one discussion

For older teens, the entire book may be totally appropriate. At that age, they are also probably at the reading level where giving them a full book at once would not be overwhelming.

Overall, I recommend this book highly. I wish I had this book while growing up. Just be sure to preview it first before giving it to your teen and realize that you may need to break up the content depending on the age.
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Got this book for my significantly younger 16-year old brother as part of an overall effort after noticing he is absorbing problematic attitudes from teammates and reading about the Steubenville rape case. Everyone says educate the boys, and if a kid with a queer progressive older sister isn't hearing it, nobody is. After skimming through the book, I will list my critical thoughts as the author seems to be reading reviews (awesome). Regardless of these, I think it's good enough to pass on to my little brother, but I will return it in favor of S.E.X by Heather Corinna. The major advantage of this book is its shortness and readability for younger readers.

- I was really hoping that this book would provide more values/attitudes/decision-making of the progressive variety. In particular, I wanted a robust discussion of consent and what is consent, but also: writing about yes means yes type empowerment/feminism, un-learning the silence is sexy script, doing what you want to and not just what you're okay with. This is not really that book and I am not sure that book exists. This book is more what is and how to. The chapter on first time having sex doesn't have a huge giant section on consent - just a general bit on communication, "Always check in with your partner to make sure everything is going ok - that they're enjoying it, etc." It does have a box on consent a page or two into the section on sex (after sections on foreplay, etc.) In general, the order of chapters doesn't make sense to me - I would want communication to come very early on, then protection, then sex - in the book maybe as in life.

- I really found the communication chapter to be so vague as to be almost useless unless someone has never thought they needed to communicate at all.
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If you're one of those parents who simply can't bear to have 'that conversation' with your teenager, this is the perfect book. Hell, if you're a teenager and sick of your parents being awkward, give this to them- when I finished reading this, I gave it to my mum. This book explains all of those terms you hear teens these days talking about but you're too embarrassed to ask about and more. I learned more than I'll probably need to know from this, but I also learned a lot of things I've wondered about.
The most amazing thing about Sex is the style it's written in- I'm a 16 year old and I totally feel like one of my best friends could be the author of this book. It gets all the details through, but it isn't told by a 90 year old nun.
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As a nurse and a mother of a teenager I was looking for a book that was readable and non judgemental and modern. I like the young author's presentation of material. I liked that the book does not exclude gay and lesbian sex. The only thing that could be improved on would be to have photographs of STD's, but due to obsenity and pornography laws the kids can not see a syphllis cancre on a labia or a penis....this is too bad. I understand why the author could not give more details on STD's. Not every kid has access to computers and knows how to find information on the internet. I thought the education about orgasms was very good and important for teens.
I would recommend this book as a book for sex education in the home and in the classroom.
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By Schae on November 17, 2010
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I have had the "talk"'several times with my daughter, but sometimes they are more inclined to listen to friends. My 17 year old rolled her eyes at first but after reading it, she told me how much incorrect information is circling the halls at school, and thanks for not lying to her watering down the information and giving her the book!!
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