Tonight Is Too Late
Parents, all the possible sins your children are committing, behind your back, are right here in this conveniently packaged single volume. Purtell advocates open and honest communication with pre-teens about the consequences of drugs, premarital sex, and disease. Not too bad, especially for the time period. There are examples and quotes from law enforcement about their frustrations with the parents of young people that they are not stepping up to monitor their own children. Overall, Purtell is telling parents to wake up and smell the coffee about their precious child.
Evidently, time hasn’t changed much.
Submitter: Here is another sexy title that is woefully out of date. I cringed when I saw the title of chapter one: “Today’s woman faces a sexual crisis.” Today meaning 1965. That’s almost 50 years ago. Did I find this book in a women’s studies program at a college library? Nope. Two copies were at my local public library.
Holly: Whyyyy? Someone please enlighten me as to why two copies of this are necessary anywhere, let alone a public library? Although, I’m a little curious about my “sex profile” in Chapter 2. I’d also love to read about “penis envy” in Chapter 5 (which of course comes right after “What does every woman want?”). And then, in Chapter 10, you’ve got to know about how “Marital sex can be a joy.” (You know, despite what you may have heard.) You know what, though? We can read about those things if we so choose in many, many more current sources than this. Upgrade, please!
Submitter: My colleagues and I are just thankful no one ever noticed this book on our shelves…and then asked us for a sex ed seminar. *Quietly withdraw*
Holly: My first thought was that it goes back to a time when sex ed books were kept behind the desk, so if you wanted them you had to ask the librarian for them. Maybe? It is a bibliography of suggested books to have in your collection, which was ok for 1996 and a couple of years after that, but is pretty useless now.
Mary: I first looked at the title and read For Sex, See Librarian. Now that is customer service.