“A breath of much-needed fresh air around a very charged subject.”—Christiane Northrup, M.D., OB/GYN physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“Vernacchio's no-blame, no-shame approach will inspire parents to drop their fears, judgments, and inhibitions in order to help their kids navigate the teen years.”—Publishers Weekly
Updated to reflect societal changes over the past decade, 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, most sexuality education in schools is unregulated—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. Without a broader understanding to offset the damaging perceptions of sex that pervade much of our culture, adolescents and teens are dangerously unprepared intellectually and emotionally to develop as sexual beings, let alone cope with today's world of sex via smartphone, cyberbullying, and the precipitous rise of high school and college sexual assault.
For Goodness Sex offers the tools and information adults and young people need in order to have important conversations about sexuality and to develop healthy values and safe habits.
“Al Vernacchio has masterfully accomplished what good sexuality educators have attempted for so many years: he has created a work that is both a fun, easy read as well as a thorough and thoughtful guide.” — Don Dyson, PhD, Associate Dean, School of Human Service Professions and Director, Center for Human Sexuality Studies, Widener University
“Al Vernacchio has written a wonderful book that includes numerous model answers and a new way to think about adolescent sexuality—as a force for good in life rather than simply a problem to be dealt with.” — Leslie M. Kantor, MPH, Vice President of Education, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
“Vernacchio’s no-blame, no-shame approach will inspire parents to drop their fears, judgments, and inhibitions in order to help their kids navigate the teen years.” — Publishers Weekly
“An engaging, much-needed new approach to teaching children about the human sexual experience.” — Kirkus Reviews
“For Goodness Sex is a breath of much-needed fresh air around a very charged subject. Bravo, Al Vernacchio!” — Christiane Northrup, M.D., ob/gyn physician and author of the New York Times bestsellers: Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, and The Wisdom of Menopause
“At last a book that teaches parents how to talk to kids about sex in a way that is based healthily in reality and not fearfully in doom and gloom. I wish my parents had read this book!” — Lori Duron, author of Raising My Rainbow