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The First Time: What Parents and Teenage Girls Should Know About "Losing Your Virginity.".

BOURIS, Karen. The First Time: What Parents and Teenage Girls Should Know A bout "Losing Your Virginity." Berkeley, CA: Conari Press, 1995. 198pp. $9.95 (p).

For most parents, discussing sex with their daughters is one of their most difficult responsibilities, and usually by the time they gain the courage necessary to broach the topic, their daughters have already become sexually active. Left to deal with their encroaching sexuality alone, young women often turn to "experienced" friends and popular culture for guidance. The First Time offers a look into the real world of sexual initiation. Drawing upon a collection of intimate true stories, it presents a broad range of sexual awakenings from over one hundred fifty women of all ages, sexual orientations, and walks of life. The experiences range from the beauty of romantic love to the much more common "just get it over with" and the frighteningly frequent violation. Through sharing their stories, the women in this book offer parents guidance in educating their daughters, and a prescription for how to have a good experience. The book also provides a healthy and direct way for parents to confront the reality of their daughters' sexual initiation and a road map for improving their ability to develop a mature sense of their own sexuality.
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Publication:Adolescence
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Date:Mar 22, 1998
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