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Sex Lives Of Teenagers

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The Sex Lives of Teenagers gives readers the rare opportunity to step into a therapist's office, where we are privy to teenagers' uncensored desires, opinions, and confessions about sex. As Dr. Lynn Ponton demonstrated in her first book, The Romance of Risk, she has a gift for drawing teenagers out so that they talk frankly, without fear of judgment. She also gives voice t ...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Dutton (first published January 1st 2000)
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Thryn G
Jul 31, 2007 Thryn G rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All parents
The stories in this book are sometimes very sad- for instance a 13 yo girl rejected by her mother for getting pregnant. But you can learn a lot from it about how to talk to your teenagers about sex (and how NOT to, which is nearly as important). I highly recommend it for anyone who is thinking that telling their kid to 'just say no' is going to keep them virginal.
if you're looking for sordid stories of sex, this is not the book for you. If, on the other hand, you're interested in the societal pressures affecting teenagers, gender roles among young people, and the way a psychiatrist treats high risk youth, this is a very interesting book. The author is a experienced therapist who is been working with young people for many years. She has teens of her own, so she is also a mother. In this book, she touches upon many controversial issues including homosexual ...more
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Table of Contents
Introduction: Forbidden Fruit 1 (8)
Studs and Sluts: The Dating Game
9 (18)
Here Comes Puberty: The Many Meanings of Menstruation
27 (18)
Alarming Arousal: Sexual Fantasies and Masturbation
45 (33)
Safety in Numbers: The Guiltless Mosh Pit
78 (19)
Coming and Going Online: The Interface of Sex and Technology
97 (25)
Unnatural Partners? Intimacy and Intercourse
122 (26)
Not My Child: Homosexuality, Bisexuality, and
i read this for research for a ya novel i'll probably never finish, but i found it enlightening and compelling. teens are sexual beings just like adults, and dr ponton addresses their curiosities and experiences fairly and compassionately.
Not nearly as enlightening as I'd hoped. Maybe if I weren't around young people so much, but nothing surprised me or taught me to better handle the youth I know. Probably better for parents who are not around many teenagers.
Apr 08, 2007 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Academically Interested in Sexuality in America
This book is NOT hard to read and explores a lot of different areas of sexuality in adolescents. It is a good overview, but it does not provide a lot of detail. However, it is a good place to START.
Sue K.
Non-fiction. Not sure why I read this when I don't even have kids yet!Very informative. Interviews with a lot of teens. Very helpful for parents.
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