SEX AND YOUR TEENAGER by Eda LeShan

SEX AND YOUR TEENAGER

By
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A few years ago, before time and tides threw the phalanx of Experts into disarray, Mrs. LeShan clearly forecast her position on the present subject matter in a sensible, clearly humanistic fashion, which had at the core a strong insistence on love, respect and concern among parents and children. Here she reviews the changing (not ""absent"") morality, citing various failures in traditional approaches to education, familial and social values, and the role of young people in society. She soft-pedals alarms about pre-marital sex, homosexuality, masturbation, etc. always urging a clear-eyed view tempered to the times and to the realities of the young person's growth, abilities and needs. (""There is an important distinction between rejecting a child's choice and rejecting one's child."") On the other hand, there are moments when a parent just has to be a parent ""no matter what"" and the fact that we have much to learn from our children does not mean that we should not insist on respect for our opinions and feelings. In all, a plea for a humanistic (rather than a mechanistic) relationship of give and take and love. With many case histories and invigorating quotes from specialists and social philosophers--a bracing seminar.

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1969
Publisher: McKay