Who doesnâ€™t love Sue Johanson?Â I grew up listening to the grandmotherly sexpert talk about every sexual taboo imaginable on CBC Radio, and later tuned into late night TV to watch her Sunday Night Sex Show.Â Mostly, I tuned in to laugh, because she is quite a character and very funny.Â But, I always learned quite a bit from her shows and perhaps because of her, aspired to study sexology and teach people about the positive aspects of their sexuality as well.
I was hoping Sueâ€™s book â€œSex, Sex, and More Sexâ€ was going to teach me something new, and leave off where her shows ended.Â The book doesnâ€™t do that however.Â It is more of a digest of all her Q & Aâ€™s on the shows, written down and explained, with a few resources.Â This would be a valuable resource for someone who has never watched Sueâ€™s shows, or for young people who donâ€™t have all the answers.Â But, I mainly found it repetitive as didnâ€™t offer me anything new or unique.
The book is easily navigated by topic, put in alphabetical order, with a listing as well in the index.Â Each topic has a Q & A format, which Sue answers.Â Being a registered nurse, many of the topics pertain to STDs, Aids, celibacy, condoms and safety, which is great.Â Sue also demystifies many subjects, which, in her day were much more taboo than they are now such as anal sex, bondage and discipline, abortion, hairiness and vaginal farts. (Well, maybe vagina farts didnâ€™t need to be demystified?)Â Sueâ€™s focus is always on safety and health, be it physical, or mental.Â She also addresses issues that arenâ€™t necessarily sexual like Anorexia, battering and abuse, Osteoporosis, and body image issues.
The information provided in this book is very useful, especially for teens who want the straight facts and I would recommend it for anyoneâ€™s daughter, son, niece, nephew, or grandchild who is becoming curious about their own sexuality and asking questions.Â Much of what you will find in the book is the type of info that youâ€™d get from places like Planned Parenthood.Â Some of it is a bit dated, and I wonder if Sue has ever used some of the toys she recommends, but overall, useful and accurate information.
I guess I was disappointed in the book because I am no longer a teenager, so much of the information I already know.Â And, also, the book cannot capture Sueâ€™s witty, no-nonsense personality that she portrayed on her shows, which was one of the best things about watching them.
Obviously, the intended audience is not myself, or other savvy sexperts, but young people who want to know more about sex but are afraid to ask.Â I do highly recommend this book for teens and for parents who donâ€™t quite know all the answers either, or arenâ€™t sure how to approach the subject with their kids.
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