Keep reading: websites, books and zines
Websites with advice, books on respect and drawing the line, comics and zines with personal stories.
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Actnow.com.au: find information on social, political, environmental, lifestyle and topical issues for a non-judgemental and factual snapshot of the bigger picture and then take action on issues any way you like - a story, an interview, a video, a blog entry or a comment. Let Act Now know what you did and how it went.
Amplify your voice: a site made by young people around the world, writing about and demanding reproductive justice, access to information and services for all young people, and a more open, honest approach to sex and sexuality.
Like it is: no-frills and no-holds barred advice on puberty, sexuality, periods, peer pressure, pregnancy, STIs and sex.
Reachout: help and info to get through tough times
Reproductive Health Reality Check : a blog of sex, sexual health, love and relationship info and advice from the authors of Scarleteen.com
Safe Sex No Regrets: info, links and contacts related to safer sex, condom use and STI transmission, treatment and prevention.
Scarleteen: sex education for the real world: the highest ranking sex ed site on the web. It’s inclusive and thorough and has with a massive range of articles, stories and your questions answered. It doesn’t judge and encourages young people to get informed and make their own decisions.
Sex etc – sex education by teens, for teens: An American site with stories, blog, weekly chat, forums and videos all about sex ed.
Somazone.com.au: an Australian website developed by young people for young people with fast, free, anonymous access to quality-assured health information. Questions, comments and stories from young people and professional advice given on all kinds of issues including relationships, dating and abuse.
That’s not cool: Your cell phone, IM, and social networks are all a digital extension of who you are. What to do when someone you’re with pressures you or disrespects you with them.
Tune In Not Out: Videos, factsheets and blogs on life’s challenges like alcohol, drugs, mental health, exams and relationships.
A beginner’s guide to responsible sexuality for men
A brief look at a number of important questions facing heterosexual men who don’t want to go along with sexist ideas about how to have sexual relationships.
Not your mother’s meatloat – a sex education comic book: a compilation of comics by a bunch of ladies, all about their perspectives on sex and sexuality. People talk about noticing their bodies for the first time, loving their bodies, and not loving their bodies. Defining virginity, loving yourself, unplanned pregnancy, growing up Catholic, the fetishization of Asian women, abusive relationships, and drunken hook-ups.
How I learned to love myself and occasionally other men: As a 20 year old, it was confusing to think about dudes all the time and not know how to go about acknowledging it. This is the story of how Dave learned to love himself, and occasionally other men.
Girl Stuff: Your full-on guide to the teen years by Kaz Cooke: Girl Stuff is full of advice on everything – feelings, family troubles, friends, falling in love, periods, drinking, make up and clothes, drugs, sex, pregnancy, volunteering, shopping and heaps of others.
RESPECT- A Girl’s Guide to Getting Respect & Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed by Courtney Macavinta and Andrea Vander Pluym: ‘Real-life problem solving guidance… A thought-provoking book for young women which also includes practical advice.
Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice by Emily Maguire. Are young women really either massive sluts or helpless dolls? And anyway, what’s the definition of a slut? Drawing on her adolescence and the experiences faced by teens today, Emily Maguire looks for answers and a way forward. A book to help young women and men to understand the issues behind them and those ahead of them.
All about S.E.X.: the Scarleteen book by Heather Corinna: Covering everything from STIs to sexual orientation, body image to birth control, masturbation to misogyny, the anatomy of the clitoris to considering cohabitation, and written for you whether you’re male, female or genderqueer; straight, gay or somewhere in between, this is THE everything-you-need, comprehensive, progressive sexuality handbook to get you through high school, college and the rest of your life.
Yes Means Yes – Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti: the way we view rape in our culture is finally dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Feminist, political, and activist writers alike share their ideas for a shift from the “No Means No” model.
Doris Book: an anthology 1999- 2001: Cindy writes her zine, DORIS, like she is figuring out the human condition. She makes writing about the simplest and most common things – playing music, childhood, cooking, or sex- resonate with universal understanding. She shares and explores the emotions that go along with having an abortion, rape, dealing with the death of family, or sexual harassment in a context that is enlightening and personal, feeling like a close friend opening up to you.