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Third Base Ain't What it Used to Be: What Your Kids Are Learning About Sex Today-and How to Teach Them to Become Sexually Healthy Adults [Kindle Edition]

Logan Levkoff
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Book Description

Renowned sexologist Dr. Logan Levkoff’s groundbreaking parents’ guide for discussing sex with today’s teenagers

“When it comes to sex, most of us are clueless,” writes sexologist and sexuality educator Dr. Logan Levkoff. “Yes, we know how to have sex, but we have no idea how to teach our kids about it.” With the cultural discussion surrounding sex growing increasingly charged, Levkoff’s insightful how-to book equips parents with the tools and perspectives necessary for navigating this complicated landscape and talking about sex with their children in a healthy and productive way. Covering everything from anatomy and puberty to pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, Levkoff offers the facts and candid advice that parents can use to bring their values and experiences into the discussion on sexuality.

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“A tour de force on a topic every parent needs to understand: sexual health. Levkoff shares her passion and knowledge in an encyclopedic effort that is accurate and complete.” —Dr. Drew Pinsky

“A well-written, easy-to-read, and easily understood book for parents, sex education teachers, and anyone who wants to better communicate with young people about sexuality. I highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to be a better parent.” —Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders, former US Surgeon General

“Reminding readers how much things have changed in the last 40 years, sex educator Levkoff seeks to end the hysteria about sex ed by clarifying the difference between the facts of puberty and the values every parent holds. Sex is good, says the author, and sex education equals life education. It’s not all that difficult, it doesn’t have to be embarrassing, and it could mean life or death for your kids.” —Library Journal

About the Author

Dr. Logan Levkoff is a nationally recognized expert on sexuality and relationships. As a thought leader in the field of human sexuality, Logan regularly appears on such shows as Good Morning America andthe Today Show, and is a trusted source for publications such as Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Esquire, and Men’s Health and parenting websites like and Time Out New York Kids. She speaks on a wide range of issues, including sexual health and education, relationship hurdles, and the role of sexuality in pop culture—most recently speaking out in support of the bestselling book Fifty Shades of Grey. Levkoff lives and works in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451222490
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007W8MKQ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend! April 5, 2013
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Not so much a how-to book on sexual education for your kids but thought provoking with several important things NOT to do. Great perspective on how things have changed since we were teens. Sound, scientific, and sex-positive advice and information for parents who should be educating their children to make healthy and ethical decisions when the time comes. Parents should not let their schools, churches, or the Internet be responsible for their children's sexual education. Not an easy subject to discuss with our kids but very necessary. Abstinence only programs don't cut it. Kids need fact based information to make healthy informed choices.
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3.0 out of 5 stars informative and engaging, but some misinformation November 27, 2014
By J. Lim
Format:Kindle Edition
I haven't actually tried out the advice, but seems mostly sound.

key points:
-The most important advice is to be honest with your children (this goes for other areas too, not just when it comes to sex ed)! Give them accurate information along with sharing your own opinions and values.
-Take advantage of many opportunities to educate instead of trying to dump a bunch of info on a child all at once.
-Instead of just talking at your child, discuss. Ask questions to find out what your children want to know, what they already know and the values they have.
-Be practical & stay calm. Even when your child may say/do things that alarm you, try to let the child know that ne can come to you. (for example, your teen reveals he's having sex - be glad he can talk to you about it and get your advice and support; if you act horrified, your teen may not come to you in the future about sex-related problems)

The writing is informative, but engaging. I especially liked that she talked about the importance of teaching children to use accurate names for body parts and recommended talking to your children about consent.

I rate the book 3-stars because of some inaccurate information.
What she describes as the clitoris is actually just the clitoral glans (the tip of a much larger underlying structure).
And she is dead-wrong about the foreskin. She calls it "a piece of skin at the head of the penis" and denies its sexual functions. Foreskin actually is a double-sided sleeve of skin and mucosal tissue that amounts to as much as half of the skin of the penis. Foreskin seals in natural lubrication and reduces uncomfortable friction. It protects the glans penis, keeping it sensitive and moist.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable May 8, 2012
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I don't have kids of my own, but I am an aunt to five, ages 6 to 17, so naturally questions about sex and sexuality come up--often at the times I least expect them to. Dr. Levkoff's book is informative without being preachy. She covers every topic, maintains a sense of humor, and knows one of the most important things parents (or aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.) must do is guide children into making healthy choices in their lives--and then she gives you the tools to know how to do so. If there are children you love in your life, this book is indispensible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars haven't read yet January 22, 2013
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I actually haven't read this book yet but it sounds helpful ! children of the world ,cover your ears mommy and daddy are gonna talk about sex
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A recognized expert on sexuality and relationships, Dr. Logan Levkoff encourages honest conversation about sexuality and the role it plays in American culture. Logan makes it clear that sex and sexuality are not "dirty" words; she works to create an environment where people feel comfortable asking (and getting answers to) their most personal questions. Logan empowers children, adolescents, and adults to embrace their sexuality and challenge the impractical, and often unhealthy, messages that they are exposed to.

As a thought leader in the field of human sexuality, Logan frequently appears on television including Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Oprah, Fox News Channel, and CNN. Logan is a trusted source for publications such as Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Esquire, and Men's Health and has penned sex columns for Fit Pregnancy, POZ magazine, American Health and Fitness,,, and The Sexual Health Network. Currently, Logan writes columns for Good In Bed, Maximum Fitness, and blogs for The Huffington Post and Dodson and Ross.

Logan is dedicated to perpetuating healthy and positive messages about sexuality. She speaks on a wide range of issues, including sexual health and sexuality education, trends in sexuality, relationship hurdles, and the role of sexuality in pop culture and politics. For over a decade, Logan has been teaching groups of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds. She has designed and implemented sexuality education programs, faculty development, and parent education in many secular and religious independent schools, universities, medical schools, and community organizations. Logan's work with teens and parents has been profiled in numerous publications, including The New York Times.

Logan is the author of Third Base Ain't What it Used to Be: What Your Kids are Learning About Sex Today and How to Teach Them to Become Sexually Healthy Adults (NAL/Penguin, October 2007), which helps parents to understand the role sexuality plays in their children's lives and empowers parents to become better at-home sexuality educators. Her latest book, How to Get Your Wife to Have Sex with You (Good in Bed Publications, October 2011) is a digital guide for men (and their wives) who are looking to enhance their intimate life. Other than sleeping or actually having sex, reading the book is probably the most productive thing a couple can do together in bed.

Logan has been a spokesperson for Trojan and Trojan Vibrations, serves on the Trojan Sexual Health Advisory Council, and has sat on the Board of Advisors for WET Productions, Maximum Fitness and Parenting Teens Online. She also wrote "The Espresso Dating Guide" (a joint project between Starbucks and Yahoo! Personals), was the relationship expert for Bertolli's "Dinner and Your Movie" campaign, Tupperware's "Chain of Confidence" and "Relationship Reboot" programs, and is a spokesperson for Sealy's "Whatever You Do in Bed..." campaign.

Logan Levkoff is an AASECT certified sex educator. She received her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Life Education from New York University and an M.S. in Human Sexuality Education and a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in New York City with her husband, son, and daughter.

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