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

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by Heather Corinna
     
 

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Have you ever wondered… 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

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Have you ever wondered… 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

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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.”

Curve
“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 counselors…In a society that all too often scolds and belittles teenagers often deserving of more credit, S.E.X. is revolutionary.”
 
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 05/13/07
“This is another groundbreaking book.”
 
Library Journal
“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.”
 
Lisa Jervis, Bitch magazineco-founder
“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.”
 
Bust magazine, June/July 2007
“Sexpert Heather Corinna is the big sis you wish you'd had when you were a confused, pimply teen…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 cutesy…it's her holistic approach and deft handling of other heavy topics, from eating disorders to abuse, that make this book a must-read.”
 
Minnesota Women’s Press, July 2007
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.”
 
Toronto Star, 7/26/07
“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.”

Library Journal

Activist and web site originator ofscarleteen.com ("Sex ed for the real world"), Corinna has put together a blockbuster of a book for young people dealing with sex and relationships. Much like the authors of Our Bodies, Ourselvesand 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.


—Deborah Bigelow

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600940101
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Heather Corinna 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.

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S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought and sent this to my daughter (I'm a divorced dad) who just turned 18 and is asking all the interesting questions (I'm her confident). She has found it informative and wish most of this had been taught in Sex class in high school. It's a great book, it's simple and direct, but covers alot of very important issues. This book is sex-positive, easy and enjoyable to read. "It's like hearing it from your best friend, just that she's also a Dr. and a shrink"
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for the definitive guide to sex and sexuality, and everything that it entails, then look no further than Heather Corinna's fact-filled book. With straightforwardness, humor, insight, and directness, the founder and editor of www.scarleteen.com delves into every aspect of sexuality, and presents it in a way that teens and young adults (and us old adults, too!) can truly understand.

Everything -- and I mean everything! -- is covered within the pages of S.E.X. From Your Body: An Owner's Manual to To Be, Or Not To Be...Sexually Active, Ms. Corinna puts everything into perspective, for both girls and guys. There are thirteen main chapters included, along with appendixes that cover sexually transmitted diseases and infections and a bibliography and list of recommended sources (which include phone numbers and websites, as well as books).

If you've ever had questions of any type about sex, or about your sexuality, then this is the book to use as a reference. There's nothing silly or embarrassing in this book -- just straight questions and straight answers. There are parts that are humorous, but underneath it all is just frankness for the seriousness of the subject matter. Heather Corinna knows that sex is serious business, and that staying both healthy and happy is, too.

This is a great book! Give it to your sons and daughters, your nieces and nephews, your friends. Read it with them, and don't be afraid to discuss what you've read. If everyone -- regardless of age -- is informed, then sex and sexuality will never have to be a taboo subject.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 19 years old, and I can attest that this book is WAY WORTH IT. Parents, this is the book to buy for your kids if you want to start talking about sex with them. This is my message to Heather: I have read your new book, and it is SO useful in so many ways. First of all, I was very impressed by the way you discussed controversial points in issues like masturbation and sexuality-you kept things light, conversational, and informative, but made a conscious effort throughout to be all-inclusive of everyone. You were sensitive to the beliefs of ALL your readers, not a small feat! I think that just discussing the way you talk about a certain subject would be a great way for everyone to become more conscious of how they use their own words. Also, I think reading the book is also a great conversation starter between adults and children because your writing style suits all ages. At certain points I would call the book a self-help book because you convey that exploring sexuality, and knowing about sex, is empowerment. Many of your passages are almost like inspirational talks to be more open, and observant, and tolerant of others...I must say that some of it was quite moving 'I can get very emotional right before my period...last month I cried at an Matisse exhibit because it was so beautiful'. It sounded like you were right next to me, encouraging me in a bright, positive, go-gettem' voice. Bottom line: you're great at teaching about sex! why? because you don't tell us what's right, but show us how to find it 'sexuality, gender, identity, tolerance, the right partner, an alternative to tampons...all of it!' on our own. Didn't mean to write all that, it just came out. I just wanted to say thank you for writing such a great sex book. Although I learned a few new things, I wish I had this book a few years ago. I will make sure to pass it on to my sister!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 23 year old recent college grad.And a former teen sex educator. This book is necessary. A long time fan of The Guide to Getting it On. The S.E.X guide expands it to the populations that are usually afterthoughts and often most endangered. There is a necessity for serious and friendly non sarcastic or ironic sex discussions. A reviewer is very right not a lot of kids are having these conversations. The ones that are however in all their per mutations are having better sex lives. This book is a great guide to helping those who are not naturals at these conversations have them and not feel self conscious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is honestly amazing. It adresses pretty much everything about sexuality and, this, in a way that is easy to understand. So everything you want to know about sexuality, you'll find that in that book and easily too. The book is entitled S-E-X, but it's so much more than just that, in fact, it covers a lot of other subjects that goes from body image to relationships. The way it's written, nothing seems too taboo of a subject, it's written in a honest and sometimes also humoristic way that makes reading anything but long and boring. Another thing that is cool about this book is that it talks to everyone out there : not just the heterosexual folks, not just the girls, not just the sexually active ones but everyone. So everyone can find themselves included while reading the book which makes it even more special and valuable given it's not everywhere we can find books like that nowadays. Really, I think it's a book everyone, no matter who they are, no matter their gender or their orientation, should have by all means by their bedside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that teaches any person how to be safe sexually. It is clearly written and does cover every subject thoroughly. I wish this were given to parents when their first child is born so that the parent would know the information by the time their child starts asking questions about sexuality. That would give the parents about four years to read the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went home for Memorial Weekend and my mom asked me to give her my thoughts on this book.  She bought a copy with the intention of giving it to my sixteen-year-old sister being in my last few quarters of college, she thought it would be good to seek my opinion.  The author is out of touch with teenagers and completely unrealistic with what she expects from them.  She says things like teens should, 'Discuss their desires and have open and honest discussions about their sexuality, so that they can enjoy a life of truly fulfilling sexual intimacy.'  (I don't know if those are the exact words but there's alot of advice like that throughout the book.)  Teens are not going to even come close to having such a discussion with friends even, let alone someone they are fooling around with.  I don't have those conversations in college.  It's just very unrealistic and advice that really is better for someone in their 30's or getting married, no younger than 25, for sure.  The other problem with the book is that it's dull and won't hold a young person's interest for more than a few pages.  It sounds very scientific, although it does have lots of good biological information.  (That stuff is more likely to gross teens out, though, more than help them.)   The reality is teenagers and college students today want to be constantly entertained.  Anything intended for them needs to be entertaining all the time.  They also would much rather go to a message board or chat room, using an anonymous name to answer questions about sex, than openly discuss it with anyone, even a partner.  I've seen things like, 'I was with a girl a little bit two days ago and now I'm afraid she might be pregnant.  I didn't use a condom, I was just in for a second because I wanted to know what it felt like.  I feel bad because I can't even ask her because we are not talking now.  Can you help me?'  That was by a guy who's 16, using a screen name.  Do you really think he's going to sit down with a girl anytime soon and discuss his feelings and sexual desires for a 'fulfilling life of sexual intimacy?'  Now way.  He's not even talking to a girl he just fooled around with, probably because they are both too embarrassed.  That's what teenagers and college students want to know how to talk to each other, how to get the other sex's interest, how to know what a guy or girl is thinking, and so on.  They have no interest in serious adult conversations, they're simply not mature enough.   There does need to be good, accurate information for teenagers, moreso than ever before because they are getting lots of misinformation in those chat rooms from other kids and from entertaining sites.  Kids today read Tucker Max and CollegeHumor (which does have some good advice here and there for college students).  The sites are crude but make us laugh and are honest.  Books or sites intended to give us and teens good advice need to be just as entertaining.  I told my mom to get my sister a copy of 'God is a Woman: Dating Disasters'.  It is hilarious, full of the honest real life dating and sexual misadventures of a guy, very entertaining and holds teens interest, because it is on the same level of sites like Tucker Max and CollegeHumor.  It covers all kinds of real topics, though, like date rape, losing your virginity, and talking to the opposite sex.  It's stuff we want to know in a way we want to hear it. As a parent, you may not like the graphicness of God is a Woman, but your kids are already reading much worse stuff online, believe me.  Better for them to get the right information from that book than the info they are getting from those other places.