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New Prevention Review

What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety  by Jaclyn Friedman attempts to further the concept of healthy sexuality as violence prevention by creating space to truly examine the social construction of sexuality and encourage exploration of sexual identity. This book takes a sex-positive approach to addressing a variety of topics that intersect with sexual violence work and impact the development of sexual identity. Some of the important pieces that Friedman addresses include rape, sexual harassment, homophobia, victim blaming, pregnancy and STDs, sexual orientation, gendered stereotypes, class, gender identity, and sexual trauma. Of course there is a lot of discussion about positive things as well, such as consent, love, sex, boundaries, self-care, and relationships.

Read more on the Prevention Review page.

Reviewed: January 28th, 2014