If you are a high schooler or University student, or you’re looking for a good book about sex education for your high-schooler or University student, in addition to Good Vibrations Guide To Great Sex, we’d recommend S.E.X. The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide To Get You Through High School and College by Heather Corinna, executive director of Scarleteen. The book offers anatomy lessons, safer sex guidelines, a breakdown of birth control options, education around sexuality, sexual orientations, and definitions of various sexual activities and STDs.
No guide is perfect, but it is one of the most up-to-date. Topics you may want to to consider visit Scarleteen’s site for is education around sex and technology (sexting, social media, and porn), as this young female reviewer points out. She said, “Bought this for 16 year old younger brother. Then decided to get myself a copy to have on hand at age 22. He is a straight male jock in the rural high school bubble; I am a queer graduate of a liberal sex-positive college. I think this book is the best of a couple I looked at including Nikol Hasler’s Sex: A Book for Teens (advantage of that is the shortness and readability if you’re worried your teen won’t put the time in; however, not as thorough or generally on point with inclusivity) and Changing Bodies, Changing Lives by Ruth Bell (just out of date since 1998 publication i.e. AIDS as death sentence, cultural changes; however, really great narratives from teens about their experiences and feelings). This is definitely the only one of those that I would want as an adult/college student. I recommend reading or skimming this book before giving it to someone – I ended up adding some notes. For instance, the book is very comprehensive, but I added some notes on technology and sexuality i.e. social media, sexting and associated risks/legal repercussions. I think that is one of the few things that has changed or rather we have developed a greater awareness of the issues since 2007. Also told him now we say “transgender” and not “transgendered.” Only other complaint is I didn’t always love the organization of the book for use as a reference, but I think as long as someone reads through a lot of it at some point, it wouldn’t matter.”
Another mom reviewing the book said, “I purchased this for my daughter (16 at the time), who has been a long term relationship (long term being subjective for high school). She’s found this book quite helpful and has approached me about a few of the items that she felt needed additional clarification. It is a VERY detailed book. Parents if certain topics make you squeamish, this book will handle those topics for you. If you have certain topics you’d rather not introduce to your teen, then I hope you can shelter them a bit longer. Honestly though, with the ability to search (and view) just about any topic online, I’m not sure how well any parent can really “shelter” their teen from knowledge. My son, who is a good two and half years younger than my daughter, has shocked me with how well-informed he is about certain things. It’s been to the point sometimes that he belittes his older sister for being so naive. I find this a bit disconcerting as a mom, but I guess it’s to be expected. I try not to kid myself as to what teens think and do in high school so I’ve tried to be as open as I can with them. This book has been one of the tools I’ve used.”
– Keeley & Nikita