Sex Files

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Sex Everybody's talking about it.

But does everybody have the facts straight? Teen People's Sex Files spells it all out for you. Real teens share their experiences ? from why they choose abstinence, to how they make decisions about birth control, to how they cope with STDs ? and singing sensation Jessica Simpson tells why she thinks virginity is cool. Plus your top twenty questions about sex answered by the teen experts at Sex, ect., your very ...

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Overview

Sex Everybody's talking about it.

But does everybody have the facts straight? Teen People's Sex Files spells it all out for you. Real teens share their experiences — from why they choose abstinence, to how they make decisions about birth control, to how they cope with STDs — and singing sensation Jessica Simpson tells why she thinks virginity is cool. Plus your top twenty questions about sex answered by the teen experts at Sex, ect., your very own sex encyclopedia, and more!

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Children's Literature
People Magazine publishes a magazine for teens called Teen People. This book is written by their staff and is one of three books aimed at teens and some of the issues they face. The first eight chapters are the personal stories of teens discussing how they have handled or mishandled sexual issues. For example, Andrew discusses what it's like to be bisexual, Gia, her decision to go on the pill and Chris's feeling that although born a girl, she "feels" like a boy. The 20 top questions that teens have about sex are answered in chapter nine and chapter ten provides a variety of views from teens about sexual questions. There's a glossary of the most common sexual terms plainly defined and sources for further research. The overall approach will appeal to teens and parents who often struggle with their own issues about this subject. A great choice to help open discussions on a sensitive issue. 2001, Avon Books, $6.95. Ages 10 to 16. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger
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Teen People magazine has quickly proven itself with its target audience, and its brand name is now featured on a line of paperback books aimed at high school teens. Sex Files is a collection of reality stories from teens and their favorite celebs (e.g., Jessica Simpson on her abstinence decision) and "just the facts" chapters on STDs, top 20 Q & A, and a down-to-earth "Body Language" vocabulary list. Teens talk frankly about their own experiences coming to terms with sexual identity ("In Search of Ms.—or Mr.—Right"), an unexpected and concealed pregnancy ("A Hidden Life"), or the tradeoff that comes with dating someone much older—popularity and pressure. Entries aren't long, but they're heartfelt and direct; the format is accessible, and an introduction by MTV's sex and relationship expert Dr. Drew, along with a final chapter where teens speak out in a chat room-type forum on issues ranging from parental double standards (do what I say, not what you know we did during the sexual revolution) to what really constitutes virginity, make this a book teens will quickly pick up from the shelf or a display. Love Stories follows a similar format and style for a series look and appeal. Romance is a major preoccupation for teens of both genders, and chapters with headings like "Friends First," "Opposites Attract," and "Against the Odds" tell stories that will ring true about people whose lives and loves will feel very familiar. A popular section includes teen media celebs sharing "my most embarrassing dating moment" and other rocky romantic times. Teen couples share heartbreak-and-roses stories of love that prevails through prejudice and life-threatening illness; of love at firstsight and buddies who discover something more permanent and special in their friendship. Love Stories doesn't feature, however, any same sex couples—too bad. (Teen People) KLIATT Codes: S—Recommended for senior high school students. 2001, HarperCollins, Avon, 128p. illus., $6.95. Ages 16 to 18. Reviewer: Mary Arnold; Reg. YA Svcs. Mgr., Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Maple Heig , November 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064473194
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Series: Teen People Series
  • Edition description: 1ST AVON E
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 12 years

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Letter from the Editor

It's never been easy for parents to talk to their kids about sex. Nor has it been particularly easy to figure out on your own. Friends aren't always helpful (your "worldly" buddy may know less than you do), and besides, there's a lot of bad information floating around out there. You probably have a ton of questions — no matter how you choose to handle this most intimate part of your life.

That's why Teen People decided to put all our best information about sexuality and sex education into one book. We feel it's really important that teenagers have the knowledge they need to make right decisions for themselves: about whether or not to have sex, whom to do it with, how to have it, and how to protect yourself from pregnancy and disease if you do.

Sex Files covers all the bases. It includes six stories from real teens about issues like coming out, birth control and the pitfalls of dating an older guy. Jessica Simpson talks about why she chooses abstinence, and three real teens share their stories about the pain of living with a sexually transmitted disease (because even one encounter can have repercussions that echo throughout your life). The savvy teens at Sex, Etc., who write Teen People's "Ask Us" column every month, answer the 20 most-asked questions they get about sex. Our sex glossary has the real meaning of every term you've ever heard (or whispered in the bathroom at school). And finally, there's a list of nonprofit groups and helpful websites that can offer even more advice and assistance.

Because when it comes to sex, knowledge really is power.

Barbara O'Dair
Managing Editor, Teen People

Introduction

Dr. Drew, sex and relationship expert on MTV's Loveline and drdrew.comTeens think about sex a lot. In fact, if you're reading this book, you're probably thinking about sex right now. Contraception, STDs, pregnancy, sexual preference, should I or shouldn't I? — young people are grappling with these issues and many more, craving information that will help them make informed decisions. Unfortunately, much of the information they're receiving is misinformation.

Parents can be a great source, but I can tell you from my years of experience that nothing reaches young folks more effectively than stories from their peers. Sex Files is a rich collection of stories that illustrate vividly the poignant reality with which so many young Americans must toil. This is an excellent learning tool for those of you struggling with growing up today. For the rest of us, this is an enlightening look into the most important health issues facing our youth.

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Table of Contents

Letter from the Editor viii
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Andrew Jeffrey: In Search of Ms.--or Mr.--Right 1
Chapter 2 Tara Hingis: What Older Guys Want 7
Chapter 3 Gia Vasquez: Mission to Birth Control 13
Chapter 4 Reese Smith: Out of the Safety Zone 19
Chapter 5 Chris Griffey: Boys Don't Cry 27
Chapter 6 Jessica Simpson: Sex Can Wait 35
Chapter 7 Living With An Std 43
Chapter 8 Danyale Andersen: A Hidden Life 55
Chapter 9 Your Top 20 Questions About Sexi 65
Chapter 10 Real Speak: Teens Give Their Views on Sex 88
Chapter 11 Body Language: Terms Every Teen Should Know 100
Selected Resources 124
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