February 18, 2013

Sex and relationships

Sex: A Book for Teens: An Uncensored Guide to Your Body, Sex and Safety
by Nikol Hasler

A clever, funny book that covers nearly everything about sex, like sexual identification, masturbation, foreplay, intercourse, birth control, disease, relationships, kinks, and fetishes. It also provides answers to questions posed by real teens. At times, the writing is almost flippant, but this is one book that teens will enjoy reading.

All The Way: Sex For The First Time
by Kim Martyn

This is a useful book, though the writing is a bit uneven. Sometimes it's very conversational, sometimes it's very clinical. It also includes a glaring error: the uterus is mislabelled on a diagram (p. 79)! Babies come out of the vagina, not the urethra! 

The book was published in 2003 (I borrowed it from the library); hopefully the error was corrected in subsequent printings. Books about sex do not contain exactly the same information, although they strive to be accurate, so reading more than one book is advised. Hasler's book is highly recommended.

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