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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 ...
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!
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.
Managing Editor, Teen People
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.
|Letter from the Editor||viii|
|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|