- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 2 edition (July 12 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738218847
- ISBN-13: 978-0738218847
- Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 816 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
S.E.X., second edition: The All-You-Need-To-Know Sexuality Guide to Get You Through Your Teens and Twenties Paperback – Jul 12 2016
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Praise for the first edition of S.E.X.:
Library Journal (Booksmack! e-newsletter)
A great deal about body health and maintenance is included. An outstanding resource section offers both print and online information.”
The Our Bodies, Ourselves for the MySpace generation, this book by the founder of sex ed website Scarleteen.com is a comprehensive course in sexuality and sexual health for teens of any orientation and their parents, teachers and counselors In a society that all too often scolds and belittles teenagers often deserving of more credit, S.E.X. is revolutionary.”
This is another groundbreaking book.”
Corinna has put together a blockbuster of a book for young people dealing with sex and relationships. Much like the authors of Our Bodies, Ourselves and its spinoffs, Corinna answers every possible question teens and young adults could have about virginity, puberty, pregnancy, body image, masturbation, sexual identity, the variety of relationships, and the mechanics of partnered sex. She also addresses topics that are often overlooked, e.g., transgender and intergender identities, realistic teen relationship management skills, and pornography. An excellent resource for preteens, teens, young adults, and people working with these populations; highly recommended for most libraries.”
Lisa Jervis, Bitch magazine co-founder
Not only would my own adolescence have been vastly less painful and confusing if I'd had access to the accurate, comprehensive, and above all nonjudgmental information that Heather Corinna so carefully provides, but S.E.X. is, literally, a lifesaving book: Corinna's vast commonsense wisdom--especially on topics relating to gender roles, queer sexuality, and gender identities--has the potential to improve the physical and emotional health of anyone who reads it, and to help heal our culture's unhealthy, conflicted approaches to sex, sexuality, and gender.”
About the Author
Heather Corinna is an educator, activist, and Internet publisher and community organizer. She has been teaching for over 25 years, and founded Scarleteen, the award-winning and pioneering sexuality and relationships resource for teens and emerging adults, in 1998. She lives in Washington state.
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I wish every young person had the choice to own and read this book.
To those who say it's too long, or too dense, for young people: Let the youth in your life choose that for themselves, please! If they read only a fraction of this book, they'll be more informed than they were before, and probably curious to learn more.
There are messages about consent, self-care, and being safe (in all senses), in every section.
Take this from Chapter 4, covering self-pleasuring, sexual arousal, and so much more of the stuff I know my younger self was looking for in sex ed books:
"Your sexuality is yours, it is totally about you, and it mostly comes from you, not from anything or anyone outside you. Feeling like it isn’t yours, isn’t mostly about you, and can only come from or be about someone else can do everything from really limiting your sexual life and your enjoyment of it to making you more vulnerable to predatory people or plain old jerks."
I think it's this expression of utter kindness that makes this book stand out. I'm not the intended audience, yet I feel nurtured and cared for reading this book. It feels like, in addition to learning how to say "no!" or "yes!" to sex, in addition to learning the nitty-gritty about birth control and safer sex tools, readers of this book are meant to walk away with the feeling that they matter.
There's so much in this book - so much knowledge, so many facts, so many tools young people can use to give themselves more control over their own bodies. Every chapter, whether it's talking about sexual abuse and assault, or body image, or how to explore one's own personal ethics, is rooted in giving power and agency back to young people. I salute that with everything I've got.
I am so grateful that my son is getting an actual education on sexuality from this book. He has had a positive response to this book, even though talking about sex with your parent can be icky. I believe that is due to the no-nonsense approach by the author.
As for who this book is best suited for, I wouldn't personally give it to a tween, only because it is so thorough it might scare them a bit. It's definitely great for the older teen crowd, though ideally before their first sexual experience (though that's not always realistic, they're sneaky). However, it's still VERY USEFUL for any person who is already sexually active. No maximum age limit.