Eda J. Leshan

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[A] book for teen-agers—older ones—"Facts about Sex" … by Sol Gordon, has me somewhat stumped. Dr. Gordon … felt it would be helpful to have a book that openly and frankly acknowledged language of the streets, what he calls "the vulgar or so-called dirty words." I cannot imagine that there are many school systems experimental or adventurous enough to try such an approach, and so the book will have limited usefulness. I also question whether it is the better part of wisdom to confuse our roles with young people, who really want us to act like grownups and serve as models…. There is, however, a sensible and honest candor about the book that might be especially useful with young people who feel quite alienated from adults and have had little or no opportunity to communicate with them about sexual matters.

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Eda J. LeShan, in her review of "Facts about Sex," in The New York Times Book Review (© 1970 by The New York Times Company: reprinted by permission), August 2, 1970. p. 18.

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