For Goodness Sex
For Goodness Sex:
A Sex-Positive Guide to Raising Healthy, Empowered Teens
by Al Vernacchio
Updated to reflect societal changes over the past decade, this is an experienced educator's effective and responsible guide to sex education for parents and teens that promotes healthy knowledge, values, and positive sexuality.
When it comes to talking to kids about sex, parents often don't know what to say. But our kids are talking--and seeing and listening and learning--about sex every day. Our kids know more about sex than we think they do. But our kids don't know as much about sex as they think they do.
Complicating matters, sexuality education in schools is often locally regulated, leading to medically inaccurate or faith- and abstinence-based curriculums, and in a growing number of states even that meager education is under threat. Enter sexuality educator Al Vernacchio, a teacher for more than thirty years, who has been an advocate of a new category: sex-positive education. In For Goodness Sex, he offers a realistic approach to teaching kids about this basic biological function, with advice and answers that go far beyond just the act itself. After all, Vernacchio argues, without a broader understanding to offset the damaging perceptions of sex that pervade much of our culture, adolescents and teens are unprepared for the complex intellectual and emotional decisions surrounding sex and consent.
Thoughtful and expansive, For Goodness Sex offers the tools and information adults and young people need to have important conversations about sexuality and to develop the safe and healthy values that will carry them through the rest of their lives.