Third Base Ain't What It Used To Be - book by Penguin - review by Bree23

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A great read about human sexuality to use either as an educator, parent, or interested individual in order to increase one's knowledge about topics like masturbation, Sexually Transmitted Infections, birth control, and safer sex.
Sex-positive, Informative, open-minded, easy to read, and funny
Some may believe that it is too liberal or open-minded,
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I was really excited and interested to read this book. As a sex educator myself I was curious to see how another educator suggests teaching children and adolescents about sex, changing bodies, and being responsible. I have to say that I was not disappointed. Logan Levkoff does a great job giving parents, and teachers, advice on how to talk about difficult issues like abortion, as well as how to answer questions that may come at difficult or inappropriate times, i.e. like at family gatherings or in the grocery store. A completely sex-positive and open-minded viewpoint on sexual orientation, reproductive health, pregnancy options, Sexually Transmitted Infection, and a myriad of other topics confirmed my belief that Levkoff does indeed know what she's talking about and that, as the title portrays, sexuality is a completely different terrain than it may have been decades ago. Issues like abuse, teenage pregnancy, disease, and ignorance seem to be more prevalent today than in the past, and are absolutely essential to address with adolescents. Though I am not a parent yet, I do believe that this book will stay on my shelf for future reference. Logan Levkoff encourages a lifelong approach to education in order to promote a healthy sexual identity beginning with birth and continuing through the lifespan as an integral part of life.

What I would worry about is that some parents might feel that this book is too value-laden, as is prone to happen with all topics of sexuality. The book does take a decidedly sex-positive stance, as mentioned above, and though I am 100% in agreement with this philosophy, some people may be uncomfortable and may find the book irrelevant.

Overall a really enjoyable and quick read to use either as a parent, educator, or even to bone up on your own sex knowledge and education. This book is very highly recommended by me and I believe that others in the sexuality field would absolutely agree.
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  • Carrie Ann
    Nice review. The book sounds terrific.
  • Adriana Ravenlust
    Would you ever use this as a teaching aid, I wonder?
  • Airen Wolf
    I can understand why sex positive books are scary for parents...we want to portray the loving and positive side of safer sex practices but we also want to keep our "babies" innocent for as long as possible. We can err on the side of maybe if I don't make this sound fun they won't be interested but biology makes that an impossible dream.
    It is wonderful that books like this exist to help us present the information in a fun, user friendly format. One question though: What age do you see this book aimed at? Is it meant as a resource for parents or is it a book you could leave available to your teen and be reasonably certain it will answer all those questions a teen may be too sqeamish to ask?
    Thanks for the review I am definately intrigued by the book.
  • Lover of Leather
    Great review, thanks.
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