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S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College by Heather Corinna
S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College

L_schmidt, June 8, 2007

You know how they say that at really terrific concerts by really terrific performers, you (random audience member out of 10/100/10000) feel like s/he?s singing just to you? Because that?s how S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College by Heather Corinna reads to me; Corinna is the rock star singing out, and the show is all about me and my sexual health and well-being.

What does all-inclusive mean?
I remember Corinna stating this as an important goal of hers; I had anticipated a rolling chorus of s/he/it(s)-ism or the like. However, what I get is a feeling of being totally accepted for who I am, whether I?m waiting till marriage for sex or never hesitating when it just feels right. (Or that such binary labeling, the whole ?prude???slut? should be tossed out the window in the first place!) This makes me feel accepted and want to keep reading.

I hadn?t expected?
some really funny lines that pop up out of the blue, often metaphors to illustrate ideas and concepts. The book is written to inform in an engaging way, not to be some running gag or resort to bawdy humor? thankfully! S.E.X. is more informative rather than entertaining, although it?s certainly appealing. I think it?s just very accessible, written in a tone that?s about wanting people to understand without dumbing it down, taking the material and us readers seriously and maturely. It?s engaging and informative while being intelligently and approachably entertaining.

I?m not new to Scarleteen or Heather Corinna?s work.
When I first stumbled across the site a few years ago, I sat for hours clicking through the various articles and links. (That pink and yellow background feels mighty cozy!) So I already had the basics down pat and I can?t share a first impression full of ?a-ha!? moments (which I would have surely have had I read this material for the first time!) S.E.X. goes above and beyond the site in an economic b/w, earth-friendly (or so it seems) paper version. You get a lot of bang for your buck, and I?m putting my money where my mouth is by getting copies for friends and family in the mid-teen to mid-twenties range.

S.E.X. is quite handy to read?
you could go cover-to-cover or jump around chapters. In fact, that?s what makes the book so great for parents or youth group leaders looking to read the book first or along with their teens, copying a favorite chapter or two at the time. A huge emphasis in the book is communication, encouraging dialogues between parents and teens, with so many good discussion starters and pieces.

That said, S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College gets a standing ovation from me. While the book seems complete as can be, I?m also hoping for an encore one day in form of another book from Heather Corinna.
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