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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.
1. Although it does discuss male/female stereotypes it also does reinforces them with statements like (not a direct quote) if teens get negative messages about sex boys may not be able to control themselves and girls may not enjoy lovemaking.
2. I think it may be overwhelming for young teens. There are so many quotes referring to sexual activity at very young ages. And ALOT of slang terms I had never even heard of.
3. There is so much convincing teens that sex and sexual exploration (generally with a partner) at young ages is normal I think a kid who is taking it slower could feel abnormal.
4. I think the text does a poor job of putting sex in context of other goals, healthy activities the kids enjoy. As of now, my child is not interested in dating at all because she thinks it will be distracting to her athletic goals. Lots of other kids don't want to date until later simply out of lack of interest or because of other goals. Seems to be very little support for this kind if kid.
5. I feel like a good amount of the quotes come from pretty rough kids - I don't think my child can relate to former gang members at just turned 13...
6. Overall I feel like it needs updating.
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 8 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 9 months ago by B. Gail
Very TEXT book oriented. It had information in it that was certainly usefull.Published 11 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 11 months ago by Sarah Martin
Great for a young teenagers wanting to learn about hoe our body works.Published 16 months ago by Monica