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

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  34 reviews
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 have been providing sex ...more
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Published May 4th 2007 by Da Capo Press (first published May 3rd 2007)
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May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had good sex-ed books growing up, from what I remember. They were straight-forward, science based and once I got over the obligatory "eww gross!" reaction, they were really quite interesting. This book, however, outshines them all.

Let me get my one complaint out of the way: the subtitle. "The all-you-need-to-know progressive sexuality guide to get you through high school and college" alienates anyone who doesn't finish high school, doesn't plan to go to college, or pursues an alternative educ
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is the best sex education book I have ever seen. I wish I would have had this book at age 14 when I was desperately searching for sex info that was queer-positive and not sexist. An awesome awesome book.
Joli Hamilton
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes. If you are a sexual being or live in a world of sexual beings (yes, that's you) READ this you probably don't know as much as you think you do and information is power. ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: high school student, college student
Shelves: nonfiction
Despite being from a relatively liberal part of the country, my health education was terrible. Pretty much all I "learned" was STIs can NEVER be cured (even if they can be), all forms of birth control (including condoms) don't work (ever), if you do anything before marriage you will automatically get every STI on the planet, get pregnant, give birth, and die in seven days, and once you get married, all risk of unwanted pregnancy and STIs disappears entirely.

So basically, nothing of use.

That's w
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a large detailed book about sex for young people; the author suggests ages fifteen through twenty-five. it's just too much information for younger people. The author points out that "the term abstinence is rarely used in these pages," and I don't think that is a serious omission. The author does emphasize respect for those who may choose not to engage in intimate sexual activity. The author included sections on eating disorders, how to talk about sex, contraceptives, and reproduction opt ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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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 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 pa
Amber Lea
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sexually active teens, young adults, parents
This is by far the best and most comprehensive sex education book I've found. I'd recommend it to anyone who thinks they're ready to start having sex, or who is relatively new to sex, or who finds themselves with a lot of questions either about sex itself or their own sexuality. I think it's also perfect for adults/parents looking to discuss sex with a teen.

The subtitle could be "Guys, it's time we're straightforward and level-headed about sex."
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Ultimate resource for teens/young adults on sex ed
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has made me seriously consider becoming a sex-ed teacher again.

I checked S.E.X. out of the county library on the recommendation of the amazing Charity Joy. When my 14-year old saw me reading it, she asked why I had it. Archie and I told her that she was getting to an age, generally speaking, where the people around her would start talking more and more about sex...

"That time has long passed, mother," she interrupted. "Okay, I know" I said. "So they're still talking about it and are st
Amanda Hobson, Ph.D.
If you are in the search for a great guide to sexuality, this is one of the best books out there. It's written by Heather Corinna of (the best online resource for teens/young adults and sexuality). This is a thoughtful and thorough introduction. I highly recommend that everyone who knows a teenager or young adult to first read this book and second buy it for them. ...more
Kristine Goldberg
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a very complete book about sex. It is written for teenagers and young adults. The author spends a lot of time writing about gender identity and boundaries in a sexual relationship. I think the writing style was overly wordy and full of jargon. However, it was an excellent book for me as a mother of a teen and a preteen. However, I think my kids would not think this book was interesting enough.

I recommend it to parents and to teens once they are very curious about sexual relationships.
Aug 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sexxxi people
Heather Corinna is my hero. She signed this book for me at an event where a man asked for a lock of my armpit hair. She is a doll who really truly cares about the sexual health of young people. This book is a great holistic sexuality guide for young people that is all-inclusive. Geared toward high school/college students, but would be good for just about anyone.
Kendra Allen
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved how S.E.X. didn't refrain from using language and descriptors that adolescents would find familiar. In the same sense, though, it also brought a level of authority in manner in which topics were discussed. Refreshingly honest and broke down sexuality in all of its components--biological, emotional, psychological, and social. ...more
The book I wish I had had when I was learning about sex as a teenager.

The approach is far more respectful and holistic that teaching girls that boys only want sex and they need to keep their honour from those horny boys.
May 25, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: non-fiction
I feel like this is the sort of book my biology teachers (who were responsible for sex ed) need to read. Our sex-ed was incredibly flawed. I need to have a look at this guide and see if it's true to its description, but it seems very informative. Maybe I'll gift it to my school then. ...more
Ashia aka Nina
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Changed my life! Definitely recommend for youth and young adults new to sex education. I only recently cleansed my library and let this one go (I'm into minimalism), but this one was hard to part with. Please read and then pass on the knowledge! ...more
Dec 29, 2009 rated it liked it
having to check it out prior to exposing young minds to such filth
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Post Genderism
Good read for adults and their teens but it does include a how-to in fisting!
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism, sexuality
Awesome book. This book needs to be in every sex education program in school!
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Must have for any sex education program! Very comprehensive & inclusive.
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some good info, but written in a faux-hip way ("whack" - really?) and perhaps TOO much information in places (bloodplay - really, for teens in an "introductory" book?) ...more
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to kate by: Stacy
Mostly skimmed. Would recommend to any YA (or parent of a YA) with questions about sexuality, gender, etc. Particularly enjoyed the little sidebar on things you are not told in childbirth class!
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent for my teeanager. No preaching or judgements. just facts. My child will be able to understand that sex and related issues are a normal part of being human.
Louise Richard
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Not bad. Trendy text-booky, fairly liberal, one for the teenage reference shelf.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great progressive, honest, and thorough look at sex for teenagers.
Make Your Move! Missoula
S.E.X. is a comprehensive text about sex and sexuality. Information is well presented in a way that provides insight without judgment or value statements. The book is written in a gender neutral format (ie. "partners," "person with a penis.") that makes it accessible for all types of people and relationships. It provides expansive information from consent and the emotional/societal/family/peer pressure to (not) become sexual all the way to reproductive options including parenting as a young adul ...more
I read this during college when I was working at the Carleton Gender and Sexuality Center and I remember it being supportive and informative. I had completely forgotten about it, but was reminded when I heard about her new book Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up. The sex ed scene is pretty different now than from when I was growing up, and I think the more varied, positive, and encouraging texts the better off kids and teens will be. ...more
Yash Rathor
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-repertoire
I'd like to appreciate the author HEATHER CORINNA who has written a great book on sexuality. It's an abyssal book on S.E.X. What I've learned is S.E.X isn't just about (penis-vagina) intercourse or intimacy between two people. The most vital things are communication, credibility, honest with our partner, our choices of what I do like or don't, our wants, needs & desires and also our limits & boundaries. Now, I know one thing, although sex always comes with emotional and physical risks,there are ...more
Catherine Khella
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching-books
health class!
Jessica Baker
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great, non judgemental information.
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Heather Corinna is an insufferable queer and nonbinary feminist activist, author, educator, artist, organizer, and innovator. They’re the founder, director, designer and editor of the web clearinghouse and organization Scarleteen, the first comprehensive sex, sexuality and relationships education site and resource of its kind. Heather and the team at Scarleteen have provided millions of young peop ...more

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