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Modern Sex Ed Book For Teens (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, September 15, 2022

In acknowledgment of Sexual Awareness Month I talked with Cory Silverberg about his new children's sex education book “You Know, Sex” that’s aimed at kids aged 10 to 14. “You Know, Sex: Bodies, Gender, Puberty & Other Things” is the first thoroughly modern sex ed book for any child navigating puberty & adolescence. Silverberg is a certified sex educator & former chair of sexuality educator certification for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists. He’s created this fabulous manual that’s presented in a comic book genre illustrated by Fiona Smyth. This 400-page comprehensive work looks at sexuality, body differences, reproduction, hormones & development with an emphasis focusing on our LGBTQ teens & also addresses power, pleasure & how to be a decent human being. This is Silverberg & Smyth’s fourth collaboration following their other publications including “The Ultimate Guide to Sex & Disability”, “What Makes a Baby” & “Sex is a Funny Word” all available on Seven Stories Press. In “You Know, Sex” Silverberg focuses on young people’s thoughts & experiences exploring sex. Cory also has included chapters on body autonomy, disclosure, stigma, harassment, trauma, consent, boundaries & safety as well as puberty & reproduction that includes trans, non-binary & intersex bodies experiences & more. Fiona Smyth illustrations include racially & ethnically diverse characters providing an inclusive cross-disability experience that makes “You Know, Sex” a book for every kind of young person & every kind of family especially in these challenging times when the mere discussion of sexual orientation is being banned in states across America. I talked to Cory about what he hopes to accomplish with his timely new sex education book and his spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

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