Post number nine is for The Little Black Book for Girlz: A Book on Healthy Sexuality, which was written "by youth for youth" and released by the St. Stephen's Community House in Toronto, Canada. This book was required, but a choice, because we could choose between it and another book (aimed toward teen boys). However, this was the only one I could get from my local library, which is why I chose it.
I'm not going to cut for spoilers for this, because what it is, is a very frank discussion about all aspects of female sexuality. There are very straightforwardly-written chapters (all by teens ages 14-18) about relationships, periods, sex, birth control, pregnancy/miscarriage, abortion, STI/STDs, AIDS and sexual assault. Interspersed between the fact-giving are poems, pictures, and stories from the teens who helped put this book together. Some of the poems especially were pretty heartbreaking, but the book was – in my opinion – very well done, very well written, and a very good idea. I especially liked that, while it was written in Canada, they made sure to put in rules/laws/etc. that would apply to teens in the US as well. At the end of the book is a list of resources – online or otherwise – where teens can go for help and advice, and it also includes a glossary so that you can look up terms you may be unfamiliar with.
The general theme in this book was, "If you're going to have sex, be smart about it and use protection." Can't go wrong with such a simple message, no?
Currently reading: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan [RR], A Very Long Engagement by Sébastien Japrisot