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The Little Black Book for Girlz: A Book on Healthy Sexuality Paperback – Sep 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press; 3 edition (Sept. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550379542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550379549
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 20.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“... excellent book ... sex-ed material that [is] equally positive and empowering ... frank, girl-friendly but never cloying tone ...”—The Globe and Mail, 09/10/06

“... passionate, open, and honest ... This book will undoubtedly have more teen appeal than a book on the same subject written by adults ... Highly recommended for public library teen spaces and progressive high schools.”—VOYA, 12/06

“What a great resource!”—Karen Leslie, MD, FRCPC, Staff Paediatrician, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Associate Professor of Paediatrics, the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto

“There is much to rejoice in this book; and, despite the intensity of its subject and the emotional, legal, medical, and moral minefield it navigates, the reader arrives at the other side better informed about being female and better equipped to deal with everything else.”—Resource Links, 02/07

“... readers would find it both informative and, dare I say it, entertaining. And, make no mistake about it, the language, emotions, and experiences detailed are frank. The voices are honest and uncensored. Most books on sexuality targeted at teen readers begin with the biology of sex and then move on to the psychology of sex. Perhaps because this book is written by and for young women, it begins with the context in which sexuality issues emerge – within a relationship ... Highly Recommended.”—CM Reviews, 06/07

“Solid info with a saucy attitude struts through the pages of two fantastic books about human sexuality for teens.”—Canadian Children’s Book News, 02/09

About the Author

St. Stephen's Community House is a community-based social service agency in Toronto that assists more than 23,000 people each year. Its self published edition on which this book is based has been used by educators and social workers across North America.

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this book adressed many issues and should be read by all young girls with questions. especially at a time when talking about sex in a positive way and introducing sex and sexual relationships properly is so important. sadly not many people, that i know of at least, get down to the bare bones of sex and sexual relationships with young girls and alot of these girls are left with no one but their peers to talk to about the issues they are stuggling with in their lives, both sexual and with relationships. parents may not readily discuss their child's sex life in a positive light, or at all to their child, leaving the media and their peers to educate them (because lets be honest, they don't learn anything in school other than the basic biology, which won't help them physically or emotionally). how are the young girls of today supposed to know how to react to certain situations if they have no knowledge of possible ways to act. people were meant to have sex, there won't be any stopping of that, but we can provide our girls with the knowledge of safe sex and healthy relationships.
in some other reviews i was reading, some people didn't like this book because it promoted homosexuality. of course my usual response to this is welcome to the 2000's where we're attempting to stop hating people for sexual preference, but beyond social structure, the fact that homosexuality is mentioned in a book about sexuality doesn't mean that homosexuality is being forced upon the reader. what discussing homosexuality does is #1, includes homosexuals in the education process, because no one deserves to be abused, and #2 it (hopefully not for the first time) introduces homosexuality to those who are heterosexual and will perhaps allow them to not fear homosexuality, but embrace the people that are homosexuals, for there is no difference between hetero and homosexuals, except to whom they give their love.
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I work at a Women's Centre in rural BC and facilitate two girls groups. From the experiences I hear from the girls I talk to, girls that have experienced very grown up problems, I think it's great to finally have a book that isn't afraid to talk about all the issues. I think that this book will make all readers somewhat uncomfortable reading it. I was a little shocked by some of the material and how honest it was but then I was glad to finally read something that talked about the things we don't talk about. I do not use this book with my younger girls group (Gr. 6/7); however, if any of the girls wanted to look at it, I would let them. I think so many of the problems we see with teens: abusive relationships, teen pregnancy and disease are because we treat sex as a forbidden, evil thing. Maybe if we were more honest about it being a choice that has consequences and risks associated with it, then teens would be able to make their own choices and protect themselves.

I don't think this book glorifies lesbianism as some of the other reviewers mentioned -- I just think in our society we hear so little about it, that having it discussed as a "normal" lifestyle, makes people uncomfortable. I do think parents should read this book as well or before their children do. It probably will scare them but then they will know what some teens are experiencing and can talk to their children about it.
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This book has been created following questions most of girls ask regarding sexuality. I think it makes it effective for sex education, because it explains many thematics as sexual orientation, sexual fonctions, STIs, birth control, love, friendship and many others. I would refer it to a 14-17 year-old-girl.
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This book is fantastic. Real stories from young women written in their own words.

Of course it's not a balanced view - but neither are the myriad of books that completely ignore the existence of non-heterosexual activities.

The Little Black Book for Girlz should be available to teenage girls - AND boys - along with other books on a range of topics surrounding their sexuality and sexual health. Don't rely on one book to teach children everything and don't focus on books as if they exist in a vacuum.

As a parent, I am proud that my son and daughter have read and discussed this book. Their skills, knowledge and compassion will contribute to making this world a better place for everybody.
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This piece of trash was produced by a lesbian provincial education minister with public funds .as a lesbian recruitment manual targeting pre-teen and teen girls. It contains may outright lies (eg. 80% of Canadians are bisexual, 10% of population is homosexual/lesbian) Hard-core lesbians may see some value in it but otherwise it's X-rated trash..
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