Episode 16: Clean Reads & Porn


Episode 16:  We discuss the idea of “clean reads” as well as porn in fiction and in the lives of adolescents. Don’t panic: we’re not recommending porn films but just examining the role porn plays in adolescent and adult sexuality with respect to formal and informal methods of transmitting information about sexual health and identity. 

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Our Current Reads

Erin’s Daughters in America: Irish Immigrant Women in the Nineteenth Century by Hasia R. Diner
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
All In Pieces by Suzanne Young

“All this talk of Clean Reads makes a person feel dirty.”


an example of a publisher seeking “Clean Reads
Common Sense Media
School Library Journal
It by Stephen King (and the sex scene at the end of the story)

Recommended Books (listed in the order in which they were discussed)

Adam by Ariel Schrag
Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin
Cruddy by Lynda Barry
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson

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Episode #4: The LadyHead Seal of Approval


Episode #4:  We discuss the whys and wherefores of oral sex, in life and in YA fiction.

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Show Notes

Christa is currently reading The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith; just finished Bone Gap by Laura Ruby & The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
Carrie is currently reading Infandous by Elana K. Arnold; just finished There Was and There Was Not by Meline Toumani

On Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep and John Green’s Looking for Alaska
John Green on the Looking for Alaska blowjob scene
Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Looking for Alaska by John Green

Book Recommendations
Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Don’t Let Me Go by JH Trumble
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
poem referenced:  “Japan” by Billy Collins
Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar


YA Books Featuring Oral Sex
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Starglass by Phoebe North
The Program by Suzanne Young
Kiss It by Erin Downing
About a Girl by Sarah McCarry

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