birth control cover

Teen Guide to Birth Control

Teen Guide to Birth Control
Nourse
1988

Another teen guide-to-life book. We have prolific health writer Alan Nourse again instructing the kids on various methods of birth control. For 1988, this isn’t a bad choice. His writing is pretty-plain spoken and doesn’t get bogged down in judgments, unlike a lot of publications, both older and newer. The info is mostly focused on the female perspective. It’s pretty clear that if a woman wants to avoid pregnancy, it is up to her. Boys seem incidental to the conversation.

menstruation

Your monthly “friend”

Menstruation
Just Plain Talk
Nourse
1980

All of the ladies probably remember that time in health class where the world of menstruation was explained. I remember that in 6th grade we had a boring film where girls in white pants told everyone how grown up they were. It was the white pants that made it realistic.

They always would play down symptoms such as debilitating cramps, bloating, mood swings, etc. and pass them off as “normal”. That’s just the life of a lady. Credit goes to this author who actually acknowledged that not everyone reacts the same way and that symptoms should be addressed by a doctor.

Teen Motherhood

Motherhood for Teens

Teen Motherhood
Hammerslough
1995

Think of your average pregnancy and childbirth book and strip down to about 15 pages. This is the book you will get. Teen motherhood is an issue worthy of a book. I also know that teens are woefully unprepared (as are adults for that matter), for the reality of parenting and changes to their body. This book gently tries to avoid judgment and just hand out information. Nice objective, but it falls short.

Woman Doctor's Diet for Teen Girls

Girls on a diet

The Woman Doctor’s Diet For Teen-Age Girls
Edelstein
1980

I could tell the year this was published just by looking at the cover and book design (one of the side effects of blogging about weeded books). I didn’t find anything particularly bad in this book. The doctor talks a lot about healthy habits that really wouldn’t be that out of place 40 years later;  it emphasizes looking good and presumes that that dieting forever is just a fact of life for women.

She does talk about anorexia, which was just starting to enter into mainstream discussions on diets. I remember that a few TV shows brought the subject to mainstream audiences. It wasn’t until the death of Karen Carpenter in 1983, that eating disorders really caught everyone’s attention.

Girls Guide to Becoming a Teen -cover

Girls Guide to Becoming a Teen

Girl’s Guide to Becoming A Teen: Getting Used to Life in Your Changing Body
American Medical Association
2006

Submitter: Overall, it really isn’t a bad book. It has good information and covers the facts. However, no school in our area has a school nurse to go to as the book says to do. The biggest issue is the suggested websites to visit for more information. Okay, some are dead links, that happens. But when one suggested web link (outproud.org) opens to their page that discusses finding “hot girls who want to f***” and provides more website links for “teenF***” dating sites to hook up with the hot girls, well then there is an issue with this book. There is nothing wrong with out and proud; just don’t think it’s appropriate for teen health book to direct the teens to what seems to be “sex hook up sites”! American Medical Association printed and approved, but it is no longer on this library’s shelf.