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The Little Black Book for Girlz: A Book on Healthy Sexuality [Paperback]

St. Stephen's Community House
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Book Description

Sept. 12 2006

Check it out: not just a book about sex, but a look at girl culture by teenagers. No stuffy school textbook. No nosy adults. Just a diverse group of teen girls from a community youth project who had questions about sexuality. To find answers, they collected stories, poetry and artwork from other youth. They also interviewed frontline health experts to get solid facts about the personalities and pressures that young women have to deal with.

It's a great mix of real-life examples and life-saving info. Topics include:

  • Relationships
  • Periods
  • Sex
  • Birth control
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted infections/AIDS
  • Sexual assault

All the content has been vetted by doctors, and the book is endorsed by health professionals -- so girls know they're getting good info. There's also a section at the back with places to contact to find out more.

It's all stuff that youth need to know, and it's all decked out in a compact, easy-to-browse zine style. The Little Black Book for Girlz is an important, take-anywhere empowerment guide. Girls shouldn't leave their teen years without it.

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Passionate, open, and honest... It is highly recommended book for public library teen spaces and progressive high schools. (Angela Carstensen VOYA 2006-12-00)

The Little Black Book for Guys is a light-hearted and down-to-earth guide to a topic of vital importance to most male teens, written in language they can relate to. The potentially dry medical terms are related with concise with.. Best of all, the advice offered never fails to emphasize the importance of communication and respect. Purchasing this book would be a smart decision. (Julie Faulkner ForeWord 2009-01-01)

ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (American Library Association 2012-01-00)

New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age (New York Public Library 2012-01-00)

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very educational Dec 13 2006
By elfdart TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a book that doesn't skirt around the issues Sept. 27 2006
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars By youth For youth Oct. 18 2010
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource Oct. 2 2006
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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