An informational guide to sexuality from a YouTube vlogger and sex educator that covers a wide array of topics for readers of all genders and sexual identities.
Maintaining an unapologetic, nonjudgmental tone throughout, it expansively deals with topics from sexual identity to sexually transmitted diseases and body image as well as some territory less commonly explored in books on sex for teens, such as porn, polyamory, sexting, and legal considerations. In a chapter dedicated to LGBTQ+ topics, she offers an overview of topics including cis, trans, and nonbinary genders, sexual orientation (including asexuality), coming out, heteronormativity and the privileges that come with it, and being an ally. A chapter on consent talks about alcohol, legal definitions, and more and refreshingly includes information from YouTube activist Rikki Poynter, who is deaf, about consent in the context of deaf-hearing relationships. Other topics covered include virginity, masturbation, porn, body image, sexual pleasure, contraception, sex shaming, and rape and porn myth busters. Anecdotes and testimonials from other sex-positive people help round out this volume. A particularly strong contribution appears in the section on healthy relationships and was penned by author Holly Bourne. The section on bodies includes several cartoon-style “Hannah Diagrams.” Witton’s writing style is not unlike her YouTube persona—simple, candid, accessible, and inclusive.
While self-indulgent at times, readers will appreciate Witton’s frank, nothing-is-off-limits approach. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 14-18)