Consent: The New Rules of Sex Education: Every Teen's Guide to Healthy Sexual Relationships (Paperback)
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A contemporary guide to sex education that answers the most pressing questions teens and young adults have about dating, relationships, consent, and sexual safety.
There's a lot to talk about when it comes to sex education—anatomy, communication, safety, and more. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Jennifer Lang delivers a frank, compassionate, and evidence-based guide to healthy sexual relationships, focusing on the crucial role of consent in sex education.
A board-certified OB-GYN, Dr. Lang breaks down confusing concepts into factual and clear guidance. She outlines not only what consent looks and sounds like, but the importance of recognizing when a person has the capacity to give consent, and when they don't. Written for all teens, and inclusive of all sexual identities and orientations, Consent is a reference guide to healthy sexual expression and relationships.
This book's approach to sex education covers:
- An overview of human sexuality including what sex is and how it feels, separating sex education fact from fiction.
- A discussion about relationships & dating and the various forms they take during adolescence, including some of the most common scenarios and healthy ways of handling them.
- Tools for communicating and understanding consent, as well as critical information about the capacity to give consent, the language surrounding it, and what constitutes abuse and assault.
The way that teens think and talk about sex today has changed. Sex education needs to change, too. Teens and young adults will find the sex education information they need to make empowered choices about their bodies, their desires, and their boundaries in Consent. You'll never think of sex education in the same way again.
About the Author
JENNIFER LANG, MD, is the cofounder and creator of Buzz llc, a social impact tech start-up working to address the sexual assault epidemic on college campuses. She received her medical education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where she received the Dean’s Award: “Holding Promise for the Future of Medicine.” She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. She practiced as a board-certified ob-gyn and gynecologic oncologist, specializing in integrative and preventative medicine, and minimally invasive and robotic surgery. In 2013, she cofounded an international medical nonprofit that delivers cervical cancer prevention services to women in resource-poor countries. Since then, the nonprofit has grown to support 80 clinics spanning Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America. She is the author of The Whole 9 Months: A Week-By-Week Pregnancy Guide with Recipes for a Healthy Start, and mother of three intelligent (and slightly precocious) kids, who always ask the hardest questions.
"Dr. Lang’s book should be required reading for teens, delivering important information about sex in a breezy, friendly, straightforward, and highly accessible way. A must-read for anyone wondering about how to navigate the world of consent in the #metoo era."—Amy Ziering, filmmaker and producer of The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground
"In Consent, Dr. Jennifer Lang covers all the ins and outs of enthusiastic consent and makes the complicated world of sexual relationships quite simple. Along the way, she also makes sex normal and pleasurable, with a focus on conversation and responsibility, creating a space for everyone in the conversation. I love this sex-positive education not only for our teenagers but for every sexually active person!"—Lauren Brim, PhD., sexologist, and author of The New Rules of Sex
"This vital, accessible book sends the message that young women and men can both articulate boundaries they feel good about, rather than giving in to social pressure or traditional gender expectations. And, it makes clear that consent is key, regardless of each person’s gender or sexual orientation."—Lara Stemple, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and International Student Programs, and Director of the Health and Human Rights Law Project, UCLA School of Law