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Sex, Sadism, and Murder

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The Wasted Years
Stearn
1968 (original copyright 1959)

Earlier this year we published a post about teen sex depravity, or what I like to call “nonfiction erotica.” A serious subject is presented with “facts” and reporting that is salacious at best. This book is no different. A quick search says that Stern made a career of writing these kinds of books. I actually get a kick out of these old books, mostly for interesting cover art and the sensational headlines and book blurbs. Evidently this teen mayhem was ubiquitous during the 50s.  Reading these books makes me really question what my mother was doing as a teen in the 1950s

Shocking indeed!

Mary

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Insider Secrets About Boys

What Girls Want to Know About Boys
Unger and Berman
1962

Figuring out boys evidently is a topic for the ages. I remember my teenage daughter asking me why they are so stupid and I remember asking my mom the same thing back in the 1970s. So, here are all the questions you want to ask. Too bad a good chunk of the answers are pretty awful. In this book you can learn:

  • boys are much more emotionally “controlled” than girls
  • boys are aroused by just about anything and girls  often don’t even know they are being “provocative”
  • boys are much more in touch with “reality” than girls because they will eventually have to support a family
  • boys need girls to hold them in check, sexually
  • boys like girls to be well groomed and have manners
  • boys think being feminine is the same as being helpless, and girls take advantage of that

Wow, I had no idea. Good thing I am a modern woman and that attitude isn’t around anymore. Oh wait, yes it is.

Mary

P.S. This is the second advice book we have had from Art Unger. Don’t be a “square” let Art school you in the finer points of cool. Continue reading

Moody Teens

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Mind and Mood
Understanding and Controlling Your Emotions
Curtis
1986

Another 80s relic from the teen section. I was distressed to find this lurking on the shelves and that it was still being checked out. I am more than a little concerned that personality tests and dubious Freudian theories are being used as gospel to a teen audience. Even for the time, I think this book comes off as scientific as an astrology reading.

Current mental health information and resources should be a priority for a public library, especially for teens. This book is a good reminder that even with active circulation, this book still needs to be weeded as it is out of date by decades. Besides, the cover alone should be your first clue that this one is a weeder.

Mary

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