Synopses & Reviews
Have you ever wonderedand#133; Am I normal? (and what is "normal," anyway?) What's up down there? I really like girls, but I like boys sometimes, too. Am I gay, bisexual, or just messed up? Are we both really ready to have sex? Is it ok if I masturbate? I feel like I can't ever say no to my partner. What's the problem? Heather Corinna and Scarleteen.com have been providing sex education and information for young adults, parents, and mentors for nearly ten years. Whether you're straight, gay, sexually active, or just plain curious, S.E.X. spells out everything you need to know, including: A sexual readiness checklist Illustrations of female and male reproductive anatomy How to love your body, even when it's changing every day Tips on safer sex for body, heart, and mind An in-depth birth control breakdown How to create and enjoy the relationships that are right for you Popular mechanics of partnered sex: sexual activities explained, including pregnancy and STI risks STIs 101: what they are and how to keep yourself from getting them
Library Journal (Booksmack! e-newsletter), 6/2/11
“A great deal about body health and maintenance is included. An outstanding resource section offers both print and online information.”
Library Journal (Booksmack! e-newsletter), 6/2/11
andldquo;A great deal about body health and maintenance is included. An outstanding resource section offers both print and online information.andrdquo;
Curve andldquo;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 counselorsandhellip;In a society that all too often scolds and belittles teenagers often deserving of more credit, S.E.X. is revolutionary.andrdquo;and#160;Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 05/13/07andldquo;This is another groundbreaking book.andrdquo;and#160;Library Journalandldquo;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.andrdquo;and#160;Lisa Jervis, Bitch magazineco-founderandldquo;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.andrdquo;and#160;Bust magazine, June/July 2007andldquo;Sexpert Heather Corinna is the big sis you wish you'd had when you were a confused, pimply teenandhellip;Geared towards 16-22-year-olds of any gender, S.E.X. covers the nuts and bolts of anatomy in a tone that's conversational, not cutesyandhellip;it's her holistic approach and deft handling of other heavy topics, from eating disorders to abuse, that make this book a must-read.andrdquo;and#160;Minnesota Womenandrsquo;s Press, July 2007andldquo;S.E.X .itself is revolutionary as a feminist, GLBT-friendly and overall progressive collection of sexual education material. It offers an alternative and uplifting view of sex.andrdquo;and#160;Toronto Star, 7/26/07andldquo;If you're a parent looking for an accurate and non-judgmental text for your blossoming adolescent, or a blossoming adolescent or twenty-something yourself, here it is.andrdquo;
- The revolutionary openness of Our Bodies, Ourselves for the sexually active iGeneration: Corinna has transformed the contents of her popular website into a frank and comprehensive reference covering the basics (puberty, orgasm, virginity) as thoroughly as the complex (pregnancy, birth control, gender, STIs, the emotional and physical risks and rewards of sexual behavior).
- A detailed, down-to-earth exploration of every sex and sexuality topic a young adult could wonder about: In a time when the very topic of sex ed is awash in controversy, and abstinence-only models of education are increasing, Corinna offers an oasis of much-needed sound, straightforward information for teens. Including pertinent topics often overlooked in sex education today, the book addresses: alternative menstrual management; transgender and intergender; the legalities of sex; the "trend" of female bisexuality; "friends with benefits"; pornography; resources for teen pregnancy and parenting; and rape, sexual abuse, and domestic abuse within teen relationships.
- Great web presence and print attention: Scarleteen.com has more than 25,000 unique visitors daily (more than 100,000 hits/day) and has generated acclaim from numerous publications, including Utne Reader, City Pages, Industry Standard, Chicago Tribune, Boston Phoenix, HipMama, the Oxygen Network, San Francisco Weekly, Yahoo!, Lavender Magazine, and Village Voice.
About the Author
is a writer, artist, educator, activist, and Internet publisher and community organizer in her mid-thirties. She has been bringing original, inclusive, informative, feminist, creative, and radical sexuality content to the web since 1997.