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The Sex-Positive Educators’ Book List

As I come to the end of my application process, I’m excited to get back to the rest of my life. In addition to blogging more frequently, I definitely plan on reading a lot.

What are your suggestions for me? I’m looking for nonfiction in addition to fiction. I’d love to read books related to sex ed and human relationships — I’m sure you’re surprised — as well as books on other issues that you care about a lot!

In return for the recommendations that you will give me, I decided to write my own recommendation lists. Some of these references are quite obscure, some are quite well-known. Feel free to ask me for more details on any and all of them.

Mimi’s top 10 reading recommendations for sex-positive educators:

1. Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality, by Jessica Fields

2. Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality, by Deborah Tolman

3. Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, by Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson

4. Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, Eds. Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti

5. Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, by Mary Pipher

6. GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary, Eds. Clare Howell, Joan Nestle, and Riki Wilchins

7. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, by Daniel Goleman

8. Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, by Jessica Valenti

9. Anything by Paulo Freire

10. Anything by Jonathan Kozol

What do you think? In terms of transformative sex ed, what other books should be included on the reading list?

What’s the list of the books that you recommend for the issues that you are passionate about?

I can’t wait for your responses!

Published by Mimi Arbeit

applied developmental scientist, antifascist community organizer, sexuality educator

2 thoughts on “The Sex-Positive Educators’ Book List”

  1. Wholly Foolish says:

    Hi there: Some of those books look interesting! Any chance could annotate your list a little, to whet the palette and maybe help me choose one I'll like the best?

    MY recommendation for a book that informs MY passion: "The Gay Science" by Friedrich Nietzsche (esp. books three and four) has been an inspiration in my theology-making. It's composed of aphorisms betweeen a sentence and a page long, and worth skipping around in. One of the first proclamations of "God is dead" (sec. 125).

    Thanks for asking!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I've mentioned this before, and you might have already read it, but I loved: "The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls" by Joan Jacobs Brumberg!

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