Mind and Mood
Understanding and Controlling Your Emotions
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 This book is a good reminder that even with active circulation, this book still needs to be weeded as it is out of date by decades.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.
The Petting Generation
This is what I like to call “nonfiction erotica.” I am not sure that is really a thing, but I am running into enough examples to make me think so. This is probably the best example of true stories or case studies that detail (and I mean DETAIL) the finer nuances of making out. Our author has a few other titles that you probably won’t want to miss, such as: Sex Behavior of the Homosexual, Sex Behavior of the Lesbian, and last, but not least, Man to Man: A Report on Homosexuality.
I couldn’t find any credentials for our author, so maybe this is also self-reported “data.” I am not sure that today’s audience would even know what petting and necking entail. Remember, I am rather old and those terms weren’t used in my formative years. (Get off my lawn!)
Obviously this needs updating and some solid first hand accounts. Anyone volunteering?
Teen-Age Vice (original title: Designs in Scarlet)
1939, revised 1957
How about a read on the hows and whys of teens in trouble? From my brief skim, this book is more about titillation rather than informational. Who wouldn’t want to pick up this book based on the title and the cover art? Cooper, himself was a bit of a show stopper as a writer and an expert on circuses. (Great, now I have a mashup of True Crime and clowns going on in my head…)
Cooper has detailed accounts of how prison will turn men into homosexuals, and big government projects, like a dam or a bridge, will bring in hookers to a nice town. Major Causes of teen vice? Liquor, premarital sex, masturbation, hanging out in juke joints, and lack of adult supervision. (You know, all the fun stuff.) The consequences are homosexuality, prostitution and drug abuse.
I guess our society is doomed.