6 Basic but Interesting Sex Ed Books Everyone Should Read

By: Rawan Khalil

Sex, the one thing we all know of, but know nothing about. When taboo ruins education, sets back health, and endangers a society – it is brought down instantaneously. How do you battle years of ignorance and superstition and bullshit though? Simple, you educate yourself. Here are 6 quite interesting and relatively basic sex education books everyone needs to read.

The Wonder Down Under: The Insider’s Guide to the Anatomy, Biology, and Reality of the Vagina


“It’s almost as if men from different cultures and historical eras ganged up to find ways of limiting women’s sexuality,”

This book is written by two medical students, it is about the vagina, and it discusses a wide array of topics which fall under this umbrella from: the vulva, the clitoris, orgasms, flow, menstruation, menstrual cups, hormones, sex, contraception, pathology and even female genital genital mutilation (FGM). It is so vital to be aware and to understand all of these little things. It’s like we all know that girls have vaginas, and for many that’s about it. It is way more than that.


This book is scientific, straightforward, funny, and I genuinely recommend it to everyone regardless of gender.


Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality


“Marriage,” “mating,” and “love” are socially constructed phenomena that have little or no transferable meaning outside any given culture. The examples we’ve noted of rampant ritualized group sex, mate-swapping, unrestrained casual affairs, and socially sanctioned sequential sex were all reported in cultures that anthropologists insist are monogamous simply because they’ve determined that something they call “marriage” takes place there. No wonder so many insist that marriage, monogamy, and the nuclear family are human universals. With such all-encompassing interpretations of the concepts, even the prairie vole, who “sleeps with anyone,” would qualify.”


This book is quite challenging to so many of the ideas we grasp and attach ourselves to, and that is a reason why I do label it a challenging read. It is well-written, the ideas are challenging and no one has to agree with all ideas presented, or any at all, but it still is an eye-opener to a different perspective. Also, I think it’s important to bear in mind that this book is written by a married couple, and also this book focuses on heterosexuality- almost exclusively.


Doing It!: Let’s Talk About Sex


This book is a starting point. Let’s face it, we all at some point barely know anything about sex, sexuality, consent, masturbation etc, and that is due to the minimal sexual education we get. What I am trying to say is: this is a great place to start. It is a very relatable read which will not add much to someone who already has a solid base of sex ed but will add a lot of valuable information to someone who doesn’t. It is very shallow but important, and really you can’t walk before you run.


The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution


This is absolutely. Fucking. Fantastic. Lloyd uses evolutionary theories to prove her own theories. She comes in with a very difficult, dense topic, then she cuts across at an angle and discusses to an extent all possible arguments held at that angle. Now, that is smart and a lot of work and effort. She does not cherry pick the arguments, she discusses all of them, and I really respect and love that. She considers all theories and with such precision in the way she handles and dissects each of them to diagnose and understand the female orgasm. There are very few studies conducted about the female orgasm and I think it is because of the fear of the unknown, or due to the fear male scientists may have had, that women are separate entities, and she is a woman that challenged all of the ideas that are presented and in itself is a great accomplishment.

NOTE: there is a lot of dense science in this book related to evolutionary science.


How Sex Works: Why We Look, Smell, Taste, Feel, and Act the Way We Do


This book really stand out, in the midst of sex ed books, possibly it’s me alone who notices that, but Moalem uses modern ideas as well, traditional ideas about sex to explain his points without relying much on evolution and outdated psychology, and I do think that that is a breath of fresh air. It also tackles important and interesting topics like genetic disorders which result in sex ambiguity (not gender), why we are attracted to the people we’re attracted to, biological benefits of sex. If I have to discuss this book in a short sentence it would be: an interesting overview of sex.

Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn’t Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.


This was the blurb and I genuinely do not think I can intrigue you anymore than the blurb on this one


Sex Education provides one thing: Safety. It should never be denied.

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