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The book is beautifully done, its a sex ed class in a comic book (even better than a class because it talks about sex, masturbation, if you're ready for sex, sexting, STDs, contraception methods... and not abstinence). Always loved oh joy sex toy and am so glad i could support them like this and own something im super proud exists. The only thing you should keep in mind is that theses are all comics that were published in their webcomic, there is nothing exclusive in the book. If you arent familiar with their webcomic go read it, please!
I bought this book thinking I could use it with my 12 year old, but it's just way too much information for him to digest! I think we need a more basic version of The Basics. I love how inclusive the book is, and the diverse representation of different body types and gender identities. It's just a little too much information for my kid, who still squirms when people kiss in movies ;)
This book is incredible. The care and intention that goes into being inclusive, diverse, accessible, accurate, (and fun!) is incredible and inspiring. I've read it fully and then partially a few times now, and looking forward to reading it again and sharing it with my partner (who bought it for me!), friends and family. SO GOOD.
Despite being a longtime fan of artist Erika Moen, I actually put off reading Drawn to Sex: The Basics; I had read all of her comics online at Oh Joy Sex Toy. However, having recently sent Drawn to Sex to My niece, I wanted to review it. Drawn to Sex by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan is a compilation of their sex education comics arranged from super basic "Am I ready?" to more advanced with "How to Rock a Threeway". As a professional pervert, I knew many of the covered facts, but it was still quite refreshing to go over.
I purchased Drawn to Sex for My niece for several reasons. Erika and Matthew's writing style is fun, approachable, and inclusive while still being very informative. Frequently cracking jokes, they make the reader feel at ease while discussing topics that can be embarrassing or even taboo. They speak to the reader (and often to naive cartoon stand-ins) at a very basic level, though never shaming their naivety, choices, or feelings. Through this, Erika and Matthew's tone remains friendly, open, and non-judgmental which is essential for reaching people. I deeply appreciate the time spent on discussing important (yet frequently glossed over) topics of consent, tolerance, and sex positivity.
Drawn to Sex is very approachable to the younger crowd. The cover is very tame other than the word "sex" printed on it, making it fairly easy to read in public without being embarrassed (if you're the timid type). Being a condensed version of facts, the information in Drawn to Sex is easily digestible and the illustrations keep the readers engaged. I love that Erika and Matthew are very open about the fact that they are not an experts on these topics, which I feel makes them more relatable to the reader. There's always more to learn; the authors encourage readers to do further research on their own and points them in the right direction to do so.
Though all of the above are great selling points, the major reason I bought this for an important adolescent in My life is the diversity. Erika's illustrations are not that of your standard cookie-cutter sex-ed book, as she covers a variety of sexual orientations, gender identities, and body types, including those with disabilities and physical handicaps. Almost as important as the different overall body depictions are the assorted drawings of the genitalia. All drawings are anatomically correct, including what the ENTIRETY of the clitoris looks like! The viewer is shown an array of genitalia exposing them to the variances they might encountered when engaging with a partner, rather than perpetuating the idea porn-perfect symmetry and circumcision being the norm.
Lastly, what really sets Drawn to Sex apart from other sex education books is their coverage of technique. Most other sex ed book would not include actually *gasp!* touching the genitals! My elder sister, whom identifies as queer, was impressed saying,
"I'm glad it exists. You used to have to go searching pages deep in Pornhub for this sort of advice"
Erika and Matthew not only cover touching oneself but mutual masturbation, vaginal sex, oral sex, and anal sex. Additionally, vaginal and anal fingering, handjobs, and fisting are all covered, including safer sex practices with Cosmo-worthy tips & tricks. Basic sex acts seem like such momentous activities to first timers that it warms My wicked heart to see them explained lovingly and with mild amounts of fumbling.
Overall, I love this book and highly recommend it to others. Drawn to Sex is definitely something that should be in every library and accessible to teens. I plan on giving a copy to My children...or at least "accidentally" leaving it out on the coffee table for them to read.
I think this is mostly great. The first chapter on consent is amazing. My beef is that threesomes should not be in the basics. To quote, that is varsity level stuff and I'm giving this to my teen for education. He's still at the "am I ready for sex" stage and I think threesomes should wait until the next book. I might just cut those pages out with an exacto and save them for a few years. Also I wish things didn't start with "Hey perverts". If we are trying to give sex education to newbies I don't think that's a good approach. I get that you are trying to reclaim the term, but it sets kind of a negative vibe, implying this stuff is only for perverts. Also auggh I HATE the C word. I'm sure you are trying to reclaim that too, but 99.9% of women are going to be turned off by having their privates called that. Otherwise great job and thank you for trying!
Whether or not you're familiar with the author's webcomics, you will likely find some new knowledge about human sexuality in this book. The illustrations are beautiful and very inclusive - the figures in the drawings come in all sorts of shapes, colors, partner arrangements, and physical sex characteristic combinations. In particular, the illustrators do a great job showing fat folks and women with penises, but all the artwork is excellent. This is a great book to read yourself, or to share with friends who are interested in healthy sex lives.
The text accompanying the drawings is easy to understand, conversational in tone, and so lovingly sex-positive. (What is sex positivity? Find out starting on page 24!)
Don't pretend your kids aren't getting their sex education from Google. And Google is not protecting them. Hand them this book so they have all the information. Yes, it will make you blush. Give it to them anyway. Unless you want to go through all of this with them. Where else are they going to learn it? Of course it's not a how-to manual, and like us, they won't want to do everything in this book. It's like an encyclopedia and very thoughtfully done. You can trust these authors to present this in the most honest, factual, safest way.
I've followed Erika's work for years and this compilation of educating, beautifully drawn and informative works should literally be in every person's library! Especially if You gave young adults who need a little guidance with honest answers or even if You're an adult who wants some clarity and a safe space to ask Your questions! I love this book and look forward to Erika's next release!!!
And it does not disappoint. I LOVE this book. I think everyone should read this book. It really does cover all the basics of Sex Ed in an inclusive and sensitive way. I bought this on a recommendation for my lesbian teenager daughter and I read it first to vet it. I’m so excited to give it to her and know that the information she is getting is complete and accurate. BUY THIS!
I have a few friends who have married recently but their backgrounds had left them without much knowledge in the bedroom. I have OJST to them several times, but their timid nature scared them away every time. As a book, it was much easier for my friends to take in. I'm not one to ask, but the topic of sex has been a lot more relaxed for the first time since I met them! I would totally reccomend!