How do you use the Guide?
With every freedom. It is not intended to be a ‘how-to-do-it’ course but is designed to accompany parents and guardians throughout the years when their children are growing into maturity.
Most parents will read a chpater or two out loud with their child, and chat about it as they go. Others may give the book to an older child to read on their own.
What age group does the Guide cater for?
From pre-puberty to mid-teens. Young people in their twenties have also used it to catch up on facts omitted in school sex education. Suggested ages are listed in the Contents, but children vary enormously. Parents are recommended to read the whole book first.
Is the book religious?
No. The Guide starts from the premise that all human life is of equal dignity and worthy of the greatest respect.
Why is the role of parents unique?
Children want to receive their initial education from their parents and families. There is something profoundly moving about learning for the first time how you came to be from the very persons who gave you life.
Many parents find it hard to teach
That is why Sexuality Explained has been written.
The Guide and its use by schools
Schools can do much to encourage parents to take up their role. They can suggest Sexuality Explained to them, have copies which can be borrowed, and run workshops where parents and teachers can exchange ideas. This is a good way also to win parents’ interest in the school curriculum.
The Guide gives teachers and community leaders a lot of discussion material which could be used as the basis for workshops among older children.
Principally for girls
1. Josie and the Cakes
General introduction to the female menstrual cycle: designed for pre-puberty.
2. Josie Lends a Helping Hand
Review of the menstrual cycle in more practical detail for a girl approaching puberty.
3. Josie’s Next Lesson
Explanation of the mucus cycle and its purpose.
4. A Privileged Role
Overview of male fertility and the process of conception.
5. It Helps to Know
Dress and teenage relationships; explanation of the chemistry of sexual bonding.
Principally for boys
6. Michael and Dad Go Fishing
General introduction to male fertility.
7. Michael Shows Off his Knowledge
Overview of female fertility and the process of conception.
8. Changed for Life
Sexual bonding, self-mastery and an overview of brain chemistry; an initial response to same-sex attraction.
For both sexes
9. Dad, Is Sex Dangerous?
Explanation of sexually transmitted diseases; the complementarity between the sexes.
10. Forgotten Truths
Overview of contraception