Sexuality information presented in a Q-and-A format based on tens of thousands of inquiries to a textline run by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
The authors are sex educators who pride themselves on “providing open and honest information in a safe and nonjudgmental way.” They do this in nine chapters covering sex; anatomy; puberty; sexual orientation, attraction, gender identity, and gender expression; sexually transmitted infections; pregnancy; birth control; relationships; and consent. The questions are phrased plainly and simply, for example, “is masturbation okay?” and “what if the condom broke?” Answers are short and to the point, and the sentences are easy to read, making this work broadly accessible. There is just one question per page, and each has a clever black-and-white illustration; readers will enjoy figuring out the connection between the drawing and the question (for example, a narwhal for “how do you make a girl horny?”). The answers are straightforward and sometimes humorous (“Don’t worry, fireworks don’t actually go off”). The text features excellent use of inclusive language: e.g. “person with a penis” and “person with a vagina” instead of gendered descriptors. With no index and a nongranular table of contents, readers will have to flip through an entire chapter to find a specific answer.
Everything you wanted to know about sex, 2019 version—easy to absorb, comprehensive, and fully embracing nonbinary language. (resources, glossary, endnotes) (Nonfiction. 12-18)