Let's Talk About It: The Teen's Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human

by Erika Moen

Other authorsMatthew Nolan (Author)
Paperback, 2021

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An inclusive, accessible and honest graphic novel guide to growing up, from gender and sexuality to consent and safe sex. Perfect for any teen starting to ask...Is what I'm feeling normal? Is what my body is doing normal? Am I normal? How do I know what are the right choices to make? How do I fix it when I make a mistake?

Let's talk about it.

Growing up is complicated.

How do you find the answers to all the questions you have about yourself, about your identity, and about your body? Let's Talk About It provides a comprehensive, thoughtful, well-researched graphic novel guide to everything you need to know but might not know how to talk about.

Covering relationships, friendships, gender, sexuality, anatomy, body image, safe sex, sexting, jealousy, rejection, sex education, and more, this is the go-to handbook for every teen navigating adolescence, and the first in graphic novel form.



Random House Graphic (2021), 240 pages

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LibraryThing member villemezbrown
A frank, fun, and informative look at sex and the myriad issues tied to it. Moen and Nolan do a great job of keeping the pace fast and breezy while being inclusive and squeezing in so much info and advice. They drive home that, bottom line, the best sex comes from consent and communication.
LibraryThing member AmphipodGirl
One of my kids has been seeing sex stuff on line occasionally and it's been freaking them out a bit, so I got this for them. I figured it would be good because I really like the authors' online sex ed comics, and I was right. It's inclusive and emphasizes communication, consent, self-knowledge, and
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acceptance of self and others. The people depicted are diverse: all races, a wide range of weights, different amounts of body hair, disabled people (amputees, including a person with only one hand who doesn't use a prosthesis, wheelchair users, a pair of people who communicate using ASL, people with top surgery scars), various gender presentations, etc. Special props to the authors for including both a list for how to spot when you're in an abusive situation and when you yourself might be abusive.

I may update my review after my kid reads the book, but for now I'm pretty impressed.
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LibraryThing member HRC0826
This book has a good chapter on consent and one or two speech bubbles on STIs.

It also blames poor body image on white models, embraces the lie that gender is defined by "the society and the culture you live in" (all societies and cultures know there are two genders), does not, as far as I can find,
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suggest talking with a parent, does suggest finding "interviews with your favorite porn performers, go to the sites they recommend and pay for your porn" and that porn stars are real humans who deserve your respect and that porn is a " sugary treat".

The internet is " a great place to research fantasies and kinks safely" and " there are tons of people and communities out there who share your interests and have all kinds of advice". No mention of watching for predators or the legality of adults grooming children or what to do if you come across porn that involves minors or violence.

There is a chapter on if you're in an abusive relationship and it does mention talking to "family" and the police.
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