The history of the sex guide for adolescents documents the quite unconscious movement of Western culture’s ideas about sex and youth, revealing the heritage of our own sexual beliefs and codes of behaviour. The first section of this book, first published in 1986, traces the development of the sex guide, examining 400 books from 1892 to the 1980s. The second section comprises a detailed analysis of the patterns, content and usefulness of all the contemporary manifestations of the genre. The history of the teen sex manual is a fascinating revelation of American attitudes towards adolescent sexuality.
Part 1. Then 1. What Every Young Man Should Know 2. What Every Young Woman Should Know 3. The Bully Boys and the Rosy Girls 4. Two Trials 5. Between the Wars 6. The Dating Manuals 7. The Sexual Revolution 8. Instant Obsolescence in the Seventies Part 2. And Now 9. Modern Manuals on the Old Model 10. Young Adult Fiction as Sex Education 11. Religious Sex Prevention Guides 12. Sex Guide Spin-Offs 13. Larger Than Life, or, 16-mm Sex Susan B. Madden 14. The Right Book at the Right Time