Diane Farrell

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[Facts About Sex: A Basic Guide is a] slim volume that should do much to dispel adolescent confusion about sex and the language associated with sex, specifically the obscenities, dirty jokes, and graffiti that are part of the media of the teen subculture…. What distinguishes this presentation is that all the vulgar or "dirty" words are defined together with the acceptable colloquial expressions and the correct medical terms. The author's premise is that once young people understand the correct meaning of the vulgar words, they cease to be anxious about them and seldom use them to anger, shock, or annoy adults…. An enormously useful book, it imparts both physical information and emotional reassurance, putting the whole subject into a wholesome, sane, psychologically sound perspective. (pp. 65-6)

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Diane Farrell, in her review of "Facts about Sex: A Basic Guide," in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1971 by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), Vol. XLVII, No. 1, February, 1971, pp. 65-6.

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