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The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality

The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality

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by Michael J. Basso

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The classic guide to teen sexuality updated and expanded with information on sexually-transmitted diseases; contraception; sexual abuse; healthy relationships; hotlines and resources; and much more.


The classic guide to teen sexuality updated and expanded with information on sexually-transmitted diseases; contraception; sexual abuse; healthy relationships; hotlines and resources; and much more.

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Teens are curious about sex-no two ways about it. Their bodies are changing, and they are naturally curious about everything that is happening to them and around them. Unfortunately, much of what they think they know about sexuality often comes from unreliable media sources or from friends who might not be clear on all sexual health topics. Because of their lack of knowledge, many sexual myths arise, but most are debunked here in a clean, appealing layout with a wealth of answers about both the male and female bodies. Written in clear adult language, many questions from older teens on sexuality go above and beyond the standard, "What's happening to my body?" curiosities. Throughout, readers are encouraged to seek further information via reputable organizations, with phone numbers and Web sites listed for organizations such as Planned Parenthood and Youth Embassy. Even with the accurate information that is needed by so many teens, though, there are flaws in this book: Many supposedly humorous comic illustrations are either not funny or better suited to a younger audience. The short chapter on homosexuality does not discuss transgendered people. Rather than educate teen girls on how to be safe at high school or fraternity parties, the author suggests that girls not attend at all. Nonetheless, teens will appreciate the honest approach to some of their most uncomfortable yet important health questions, and they will value the information. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Fairview Press, 312p.; Index. Illus. Biblio., Trade pb. Ages 12 to18.
—Carlisle K. Webber
Library Journal
Teenagers need current, accurate, objective information about sexuality so that they can understand the changes occurring in their bodies and make informed decisions about sexual activity. Basso, an experienced sex educator, discusses anatomy and physiology, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, birth control, abortion, and sexuality in terms that teenagers comprehend. He is nonjudgmental, encouraging readers to think about all aspects of the issues and make decisions that are comfortable for them. He tells teenagers that they must be prepared to protect themselves and accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions. A book that empowers teens by giving them the information that they need; highly recommended for young adult and consumer health collections.Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., Cal.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpAddressing young men and women and their parents, this guide is comprehensive and treats readers with honesty and respect. Its only "underground" element is in the smudgy chapter headings that look like they came off an old dirty typewriter. The book is minimally illustrated with black-and-white line drawings that are often cartoonlike and too small to be seen clearly when they deal with technical information. The author is a sexuality educator who knows his stuff and communicates mainly in a question-and-answer format. In an objective manner, Basso covers all the basics (physical, emotional, and social) as well as facts about contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, and homosexuality. He also makes a strong case for abstinence without appearing to be pushing that agenda. The approach is especially reasonable in including help on how to say no and deal with peer pressure to have sex, drink, or do drugs. The tone of the book is very much that of a classroom teacher, which lends it an air of authority but works against the "underground" theme. A good choice for young adult collections looking for something new in this subject area.Melissa Gross, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA

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Fairview Press
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7.07(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.78(d)
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The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book as a tune-up for talking with my 12-year-old daughter. I was amazed how something so comprehensive could be so easy to read, but I knocked it off in 3 nights. The information is solid and the health and sexuality prevention tips are realistic and respectful of parents and young people. I think what makes this resource stand out the most is the way Basso not only acknowledges the connection between mental health and behavior (sexual/academic/health) but spells out how this critical issue impacts the ability to make good decisions. He provides good suggestions for spotting mental health problems, how to help someone in need, and how to improve the situation. This is the first time I have seen this topic interwoven with sex, but I'm glad someone finally discussed this issue. I wish I had this resource while I was growing up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my 13-year-old daughter and it has everything I want her to know about, and put in a way she understands. She likes it a lot and we end up talking about things I never really thought I would be able to talk about! EXCELLENT BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical when a friend at my church recommended this for our bible class lessons with our teens, but in all fairness, the approach used is fair, supportive of family values and most of all has an abstinence chapter that is better than any I have ever read and used - and I've used plenty. I use it now in my classes with youth as well as with my own kids. Good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has everything I wanted to know about and it got right to the point without all that flowery-BS! I wish they taught this in schools!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally someone has raised the issues of teen relationship violence, predators in the schools, community, and internet, and HOW to avoid becoming a victim! This book has so many strategies and tips for parents to use and give to their kids about growing up safely in today's world. Excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I didn't know everything I felt I needed to when it came to sex and the issues that teens face today, so I bought this book for myself and surprisingly, read it in just 3 nights! I learned a lot! But the best part was sharing this information with my daughter. She has started reading this book and now comes to me with questions! It's wonderful and it has added a new level of trust and openness to our relationship. I love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleased to see the medically accurate facts along with healthy relationship information. Teens can relate to the information because it is written in 'their' language. This is a must read for teens, parents, teachers and anyone who works with teenagers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was reading about this book on many of the parenting and youth sites and decided to get it and I'm glad I did. It is about time a professional from CDC finally acknowledged what a huge problem sexual predators on-line, in schools, in our communities has become. Our neighbor's daughter was a victim from one of her teachers and it has been devastating to the family (and community as well). This is the only resource that I found that not only addresses this issue, but provides realistic and useful tips. My daughter and I have read this together and talked about what to look out for. I feel better about her leaving the house now. I highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a book a parent can use to address TODAYS issues! There was nothing out there about all of the things young people are facing that don't get talked about (being hit on by adults, abusive relationships) and finally some strong practical guidance for parents to give their children. CAUTION: Get the 2nd/latest edition - it has all of the updated and new stuff including 'How to Raise Successful Parents' which I just love! I think this is a must have for young people going into middle school and their parents!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so glad someone recommended this book to me for my 13 year-old daughter! Accurate information about these issues is so hard to come by these days as politicians and special interest groups run amok. I use this book to prepare me for discussions with my daughter, and she uses it to read when she has questions. We both read it cover-to-cover in three days! Great resource! Highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have no idea how hard it is to find someone or a place to get information about the things that are going on in life, especially about sex! A website recommended this book and I got it and I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I looked for books for my son and daughter to help us talk about sex and answer their questions. I looked at them all and decided on this one - it's the most comprehensive, easy to understand and non-judgemental resource out there - yet at the same time each message promotes responsibility. This book has effected our family positively.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read about this book in Jump magazine as a recommended book for teens and parents - and they were right. This is exactly what I was looking for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just the thing I wanted. Answers to my questions, no preaching, its all realistic and its good information. I heard about this book in Jump magazine, and they were right, this is the book for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finally found a book that was able to give me the 'refresher' knowledge I needed to feel confident about speaking with my fifteen year old son and twelve year old daughter. This book was supposedly written for teens to read and use, but I shared this with my brothers, sisters and friends (all over the age of 35) and we have found it invaluable. This book is easy to read, promotes family values, equity and the facts! I highly recommend this book to any adult or parent who needs a primer or 'refresher' course on the issues young people face everday.