Provides information and advice for teenagers on sex-related issues, including sexual readiness, body image, consent, contraception, sexting, the LGBTQ movement, and sex shaming. - (Baker & Taylor)
SEXTING. VIRGINITY. CONSENT. THE BIG O... Sex-positive vlogger Hannah Witton covers it all.
Nobody really has sex all figured out. So Hannah Witton wrote a book full of honest, hilarious (and sometimes awkward) anecdotes, confessions, and revelations. Hannah talks about doing it safely. Doing it joyfully. Doing it when you're ready. Not doing it. Basically, doing it the way you want, when you want (if you want).
Doing It works as an introduction to sex as well as a guidebook for those who are already sexually active, with insight on topics such as healthy relationships, porn, contraception, sex shaming, and more. Approachable and empowering, this is a go-to resource for all things s-e-x.
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Popular British YouTube vlogger and sex educator Witton's breezy sex and relationship guide covers a wide range of topics, from crushes to polyamory to emergency contraception and everything in between. Admittedly not officially an "expert," Witton defers to a range of friends who cover topics outside of her personal experience, particularly in the book's LGBT section. Witton is careful to note her privilege as a straight cis woman, and while the guide is not marketed for a particular gender or sexuality, it does carry a bit of a slant in that direction. Threaded throughout in an almost gossipy style is the author's relationship and sexual history, including an enlightening discussion with her mom and grandparents about their sexual educations—or lack thereof. Though the guide is in American English and for the most part reflects American norms—age of consent is listed by state, for example—strangely, the Protection of Children Act 1978 is detailed in the sexting section instead of the American legislation section. Still, this highly accessible title offers much for young adults. Empowering, modern, and judgment-free. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
Witton, a vlogger and sex educator, offers an insightful, fact-filled guide to sex for teens. Writing in a conversational prose style, Witton discusses contraception, body image, pornography, sexual pleasure, consent, gender, and other topics via personal anecdotes and words of advice. Additional voices weigh in with candid essays on physical and psychological aspects of sexuality and relationships. Writer Holly Bourne discusses the damaging messaging behind many romance tropes; YouTube content creators, authors, and sex-positive advocates share perspectives on topics that include "attempting to date while queer," the experience of catching an STI, and body image. Witton's willingness to be vulnerable with her readers—seemingly in real-time ("If you recall, while writing this book, I got dumped. At the point of writing this, it has been almost two months since said dumping occurred")—is especially heartening. Ages 14–up. Agent: Susannah Palfrey, Hachette Children's Group. (July)
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