Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide

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In his introduction [to You Would if You Loved Me ], Gordon deplores the double standard which has in fact encouraged the male in our culture in his role as seducer. He states once again the appalling number of teenage pregnancies in the U.S. and his aim is to protect...

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In his introduction [to You Would if You Loved Me], Gordon deplores the double standard which has in fact encouraged the male in our culture in his role as seducer. He states once again the appalling number of teenage pregnancies in the U.S. and his aim is to protect young women from being pressured to have sex before they are ready. He says frankly that some critics might feel that this book will provide males with more ideas for seduction techniques; however, as one reads the lines with their suggested rebuttals and as one giggles at the cartoons, the message is clear that females should be alert to recognize a "line" for what it is, and learn to counter with an assertive negative, or at least with a witty refusal. A particularly poignant section, amidst the predominantly humorous ones, is a list of successful lines volunteered by out-of-wedlock—and abandoned—pregnant teenagers.

A review of "You Would If You Loved Me," in Kliatt Young Adult Paperback Book Guide (copyright © by Kliatt Paperback Book Guide), Vol. XIII, No. 1, Winter, 1979, p. 36.

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