BOOKS….Welcome to Sex: The no-silly question guide to sexuality, pleasure and figuring it out, by Dr Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes

Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing

From the award-winning authors of the ‘Welcome To’ Series (Welcome to Your Period, Welcome to Consent and Welcome to Your Boobs) comes a frank, age-appropriate introductory guide to sex and sexuality for pre-teens right through to highschoolers of all genders. Available for pre-order now.

Adolescent health expert Melissa Kang and award-winning podcaster and author Yumi Stynes have united once again to write the sex education we never had – a little book packed with honest advice on everything tweens and emerging adults need to know about sex: from how to know when you’re ready and reasons not to have sex, exploring pleasure on your own to becoming sexually intimate with others, wobbly starts and awkward moments (including talking to your parents about sex). Welcome to Sex is all about keeping sex real and shame-free.

Evidence shows that sexual self-discovery and early or exploratory sexual interaction between peers begins in the early to mid-teen years, and kids are exposed to online pornography at younger and younger ages1. This book aims to ‘mainstream’ adolescent sexuality – pulling it in from the shame-infested margins and allowing it the central role it often plays in growing up.

Parent or child, talking about sex can feel weird and uncomfortable. That’s why this book isn’t just for the younger generations, it’s for the adults who matter to them most – the parents, trusted teachers and health professionals – who find it difficult to talk about the questions and worries young people have. Welcome to Sex is their guide too.

From recognising feelings and flirting to becoming sexually intimate, this guide is inclusive and reassuring, with case studies, first-person accounts and questions from real teens. It addresses basics like contraception and how to stay safe, while being honest about pleasure, the technical aspects of “how does a person actually do that?”, awkward moments, heartbreak, cheating, and gender identity.

“Many of the discussions around consent, the horrifying effects of porn on real-world sex, and keeping us all safe in moments of intimacy – come back to teaching about sex and consent – and starting that teaching young. Yes, it is frank and yes it talks about stuff that parents might find embarrassing, but Dr Melissa Kang and I have always believed in the intelligence of young people. Give them the information and they will know how to use it”, explains author, Yumi Stynes.

As the longest running expert behind Dolly Doctor, Dr Melissa Kang is familiar with the common uncertainties around sex: “Welcome to Sex is the book I feel I’ve been writing for most of my career. It’s obvious that factual, explicit, no-nonsense information about sex, feelings, consent, pleasure and relationships is a right owed to all young people who are curious, before they embark on their own sexual journeys. I hope this book speaks to young people’s thirst for information about sex, giving them foundations for ethical sex and relationships, and also that it starts conversations with peers, partners, parents and carers.”

Adults may ask, “what is the best age for this book?” and to this the authors suggest looking to the maturity of your child. Whether they’re a mature 8 year-old, a curious 14-year-old, an apprehensive 17-year-old, or the parent of someone with a bunch of questions, this book is reassuring, interesting, and full of the information they need.

Welcome to Sex hopes to join the other members of the series on bookshelves in family homes, school classrooms and libraries, to help readers of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and genders to understand sex and sexual relationships with confidence.

Welcome To Sex is available to pre-order now from Booktopia or where all good books are sold, on shelves May 17.

RRP $24.99

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