By the time I’d turned twelve, I’d somehow managed to amass what might have been the largest collection of sex ed books for a single-family home in the state of Virginia. I don’t know how, exactly this happened–my grandma was a librarian? I went to birthday parties where they gave out The Care And Keeping Of You in the gift bags? My parents didn’t want to talk to me?–but one day, I woke up and realized that I, like, a good 25% of my bookshelf was dedicated to the “birds and the bees” literary genre alone.
So, what I am trying to say here is that I know a lot about sex (education books) and, as such, I know that they all–even the best of them–can, at times, get a little too freaky. Check them out:
How Babies Are Made by Andrew C. Andry and Steven SchappThis book has been making the rounds on the "you-won't-believe-this-book-exists" news junket as of late and, uh, there's good reason for that. As you can see from the picture, it's totally insane. Image source:Buzzfeed
How A Baby Is Made by Per Holm KnudsenOther than the illustration that you can see, what really makes this book special is the very disturbing birthing scene that it contains. It came out in 1975, so you probably haven't seen it--but, if you really need it, you can buy a copy on Amazon. It'll only set you back about $85. Image source:Metro UK
It's Not The Stork by Robie H. HarrisIf you've been looking for a comic about fertilizing ovaries, I've found the book for you. This book isn't quite as graphic as the others, but it makes up for it in sheer dedication--it's almost sixty pages long and has an index and table of contents, too. Plus, don't worry--this book is narrated by a winning bird and bee duo. Adorable. Image source:Pen and Oink
Our Whole Lives by Pamela M. WilsonThis is the book you get if you enroll, as I did in the (very comprehensive) sex ed class with the Unitarian Universalist organization. The book is, like, 400 pages and covers literally everything about sex. Plus, there are lots of very serious-looking illustrations. Image source:UUA
It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and Michael EmbreyIn the twenty-one years that this book has been in publication, it has caused so. much. trouble due to its prevalence of (cartoon) nudity and frank discussion of human sexuality. It's not a big deal, really--and is, in fact, a very comprehensive, helpful book--but it continues to be at the top of many banned books lists, even as recently as this past year. Image source:Amazon
Show Me! by Helga Fleischhauer-Hardt and Will McBrideThis book was originally published in 1974 by German psychiatrist Helga Fleischhauer-Hardt for children and their parents. It differs from other sex ed and puberty books in that it shows actual nude photos of body parts, not just illustrations. While some parents appreciated the book for its frank, open discussion of sexuality, others, predictably, were not about it. Image source:Amazonl" target="_blank">Amazon
Where Did I Come From? by Peter MayleThis is a very straightforward book about sex--but don't worry, it still has illustrations. It's written in a way that tries to help its readers be less embarrassed when talking about sex, but even the endorsement touts its potential offensiveness. I'm in, obviously. Image source:Babble
What do you think of these books? Did I forget to include any? Let us know in the comments!