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Melanie’s Sexuality Book Recommendations for Parents, Youth, and Others

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Organizations & Consultants

Many organizations service several audiences, so be sure to look at other categories if you don’t immediately see what you’re looking for.

Cancer and Sex

  • cancer.org: American Cancer Society (search for Sexuality).
  • cancerhelp.org:This British site has great information on cancer and sexuality as well as links to clinical trials.

Contraception

  • condomania.com: A fun website and a great online source for condoms of all sizes and kinds. Includes information on sexual health.
  • Emergency contraception: ec.princeton.edu
  • See also: Pregnancy and Parenting Options on this page

General Information

  • collegesextalk.com: Website for college students on sexuality.
  • MedLinePlus: Sexual health information from the National Institutes for Health.
  • NJWAN.org: New Jersey Women and AIDS Network is the only female-specific AIDS service organization in the state and one of the first in the nation. It’s mission is to: reduce the spread of HIV infection in women; support the self-determination of women living with HIV/AIDS to better access quality care and treatment; educate service providers; and to advocate for appropriate policies in the women and AIDS pandemic.
  • sexscience.org: The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
  • siecus.org: Home of the Sexual Information and Education Council of the US, which is a highly respected source for sexuality information and research.

Gender Identity, Roles & Expression

  • Everyoneisgay.com : Kristen and Dannielle offer advice to youth and young adults who are exploring their sexual identities. The site hosts travel to schools and colleges to empower audiences.
  • ftmguide.org: Hudson’s FTM resources for transmen.
  • GenderAdvocates.org : Check out these links for transgender youth and their families
  • GoodMenProject.com : This great site has resources and is fostering a national discussion centered around modern manhood and the question, “What does it mean to be a good man”?
  • Manyvoices.org: Resource for churches seeking to be welcoming to people of all sexual identities.
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project: The Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.
  • transproud.org: Transgender youth website.
  • transpeoplespeak.org : I AM: Trans People Speak is a multi-media campaign aimed at raising awareness about the diverse communities of trans individuals, families, and allies.
  • XDress.com — Discover an assortment of lingerie styles including men’s lace underwear, fantasy wear and accessories.

Helping Professionals

  • AASECT.org: American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Visit the online directory to find certified professionals in your area.
  • dmcconsult.com: Resources in the Philadelphia area for transgender individuals and loved ones.
  • Maria J. Clark-Adragna:   Maria runs workshops on disability and intimacy, training to decrease the vulnerability of persons with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, and health education for individuals with developmental disabilities. She does corporate training on these topics as well.
  • SexSmartFilms.com offers a wealth of free and subscription videos for use by sex therapists, educators and other healthcare professionals.
  • Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies — Video overview of the only nationally accredited, university affiliated graduate program in human sexuality.
  • Worldsexology.org: The World Association for Sexual Health.

Parenting & Pregnancy Options

  • fatherhood.org: Website on fatherhood.
  • mommasaid.net: The “back fence of the internet” created by parenting author Jen Singer. Jen has authored many books on parenting children under age 10.
  • plannedparenthood.org: An excellent source for up-to-date information on sexual health, contraception and pregnancy options.
  • thenationalcampaign.org: The “Planning for Children: Helping Couples Decide If and When to Have More Children” curriculum module is available for free download from The Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
  • pregnancyoptions.info: An objective online workbook that walks pregnant women through their options.
  • prochoice.org: Pregnancy Choices website.
  • talkingwithkids.org: This site is run by Talking With Kids About Tough Issues, a national campaign sponsored by Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • teenpregnancy.org: National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy website.

Sexual Health

Sexual Orientation

  • glma.org: Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. Great resource for physicians!
  • pflag.org: Lesbian and gay loved ones’ support group website.
  • queeringthechurch.wordpress.com: Provides opinion pieces about spirituality and individuals with LGBTQ sexual orientations
  • religiousinstitute.org: The Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice & Healing is a multi-denominational consortium of religious leaders and educators.
  • WeGiveaDamn.org: Information on action you can take to stop intimidation of LGTB teens and adults.

Teens & Young Adults

  • seriouslysexuality.com is a great sex ed resource for adolescents and teens, hosted by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. The site is easy to browse and rich with interactive learning features.
  • sexetc.org: This terrific website by teens, for teens is sponsored by the Network for Family Life Education, Rutgers University.
  • mysistahs: Peer education for young women of color regarding sexuality and sexual health.
  • iwannaknow.org: The American Social Health Association provides answers to questions about teen sexual health and sexually transmitted infections.
  • teenwire.com: Teens will find this site both interesting and informative. Sponsored by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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Physician’s Resources

Sexual History Taking

Patient Care

Other Topics for for Healthcare Providers

  • Seeking What Matters: Patients as Research Partners
  • Medical School Education in Sexual Health —  Journal of Sexual Medicine. Melanie participated in this 2013 summit, which assessed the status of sexuality education in medical schools and developed recommendations for medical schools in the US and Canada.
  • Body Image :  For patients worried about their body size or appearance, I recommend “This is Who I Am: Our Beauty in all Shapes and Sizes,” a photo essay book by Rosanne Olson. Keep a copy of “Petals,” a photo book by Nick Karras, in your office to share with female patients concerned about the size or shape of their labia. The tasteful, sepia-tone photos show vulvar diversity, normalizing differences among female genitalia, and increasing self-esteem.
  • Guide to Getting it On, by Paul Joannides. This massive resource features up-to-the-minute data and research on everything from sexual anatomy to sex tips and how to disclose your sexual orientation. If you buy only one book for help answering patient questions, buy this one. The content is accurate and substantiated.  Keep a copy on hand for yourself and your staff, and consider an extra copy to let patients borrow.
  • Reframing Intimacy after Cancer — Melanie’s article for Coping with Cancer magazine.
  • SexSmartFilms.com offers a wealth of free and subscription videos for use by sex therapists, educators and other healthcare professionals.

Sex & Aging Resources

Articles

Websites

Sexual Education and Resources

Advice & Commentary

    • Sex Advice & Spice: This is my sex advice column hosted by Fantasia Home Parties. I am the company’s on-call sex educator for customers and product sales reps.
    • SaferSex4Seniors.org (Coordinator, Dr. Melanie) Fact sheets about all aspects of emotional and physical sexual safety. Ask-the-experts feature.
    • Sexuality and Aging Today blog Created by the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University

Products

Videos

    • Better Sex Video Series Created by the Sinclair Institute
    • Erotic Touch Massage Video classes by the New School of Erotic Touch
    • SexSmartFilms has free and subscription videos that can be used for educational purposes. Some subscription videos are graphic and explicit in order to serve as a teaching resource for sex therapists.
    • Sexual Health Videos Created by the Healthy Sexuality Advisory Board — sexual health, sensate focus, and other topics.

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