Hi! This is unrelated to today's thread but I wanted to shout out that Melanie Fields, who plays Jo in League of Their Own, was on Cameron Esposito's podcast Queery. She talks about advocating for her body as a fat actress and I loved the conversation. They start out talking about watching Rosie in the original and kind of tip toeing around weight... I was holding my breath about where we were going but Melanie rocked it and maybe she wants to come chat with Virginia too 🙂

gah, I just really hope we get another season of League! Thanks for indulging my side bar Butter. Happy Friday everyone

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My mom kept a copy of the original Our Bodies, Ourselves on the living room bookshelf and that was my primer - along with Seventeen, YM and Glamour magazines. She was a health teacher and I don’t remember big puberty talks but there was zero hidden information in our house which I greatly appreciated. I distinctly remember sitting on the living room floor looking at that book and of course, to my friends it was an absolute treasure trove.

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Just bought my 10 year old a copy of “Are You There God it’s me Margaret” in anticipation of taking her to opening weekend of the movie. I have a complex relationship with that book, because I read it before they updated it to take out the references to using a belt to hold up your pad, and I was SO CONFUSED. But apparently didn’t feel like I could ask about it? So I just stressed.

Hoping that reading it with my kid will be a reset!

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I remember reading Deenie, but totally missed that her "special place" was a reference to masturbation. Relatedly, nobody ever told me about masturbation. Also, "Go Ask Alice" totally terrified me, which was probably the goal, and I loved the episodes of You're Wrong About that went through all of the weirdo things about that book. I don't think my mom ever talked to me about puberty, beyond putting a huge pack of pads in my camp trunk every summer (and then on the first day of camp when I was 13, I got my period for the first time, so I guess she gets points for that forward thinking.)

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Anybody else in The Care and Keeping of You generation? I swear, I had that book memorized.

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I got my education from the playground, a Kotex pamphlet from the 60s, bare minimum health class, and My Sweet Audrina. Would not recommend.

This is what I have for my pre-teen (or me depending on the book):

Jan von Holleben, Antje Helms - Does This Happen to Everyone? A Budding Adult's Guide to Puberty

Robie H. Harris - 2) It's Not the Stork! 2) It's So Amazing! 3) It's Perfectly Normal

Cory Silverberg - 1) What Makes a Baby 2) Sex is a Funny Word 3) You Know, Sex: Bodies, Gender, Puberty, and Other THings

Rachel Brian - Consent (for Kids!)

Heather Corinna - Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up

Melissa Pintor Carnagey - Sex Positive Talk sot Have With Kids (she runs workshops too!)

Sara Matilde Perry - Positive Sexuality: A Kid's Inclusive Guide to Being Body Aware

Erika Moen - Let's Talk About it: The Teen's Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human

I'm the house on the block with the books with naked people and I'm fine with it.

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When I was 8, on a drive home from Hebrew School, I turned to my father and asked, "Dad, what's sex?" He started on a whole delicate "when a man loves a woman..." spiel until I interrupted him with "Well, Stephanie says..." And Dad immediately realized he was in over his head and bought me It's Perfectly Normal. I don't remember how/if they addressed fatness, though I do know it didn't make me feel bad about my body, and I do remember they had illustrations of gay and lesbian couples which, for the mid-90s, was still pretty radical! It was a great book.

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Anyone else get the Lynda Madras book What’s Happening to My Body Book For Girls? It was pretty nonjudgmental in my recollection, though I don’t remember how she talks about weight. She is really thorough in her explanation of sexuality though, which I appreciated as a kid in catholic school. Puberty education story: I went to catholic school but my parents are very progressive and both physicians and they CAME TO MY SCHOOL AND TAUGHT SEX ED. Mortifying. My father drew a penis and scrotum on the whiteboard. I will never recover. But in hindsight very cool of them and my school.

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I grew up in the 1970s and 80s in a fairly modest Catholic household and was given very little guidance on puberty. I was terrified to wear a bra because the boys at school would snap them on the playground. I held out until a friend told me I really needed to be wearing one.

When I got my period, I didn't know what it was. There seemed to be a lot of shame and secrecy around it.

The only book I recall reading about puberty was "Are You There God? It's Me Margaret" and I mostly remember the "I must, I must, I must increase my bust" exercise. It was a very confusing and isolating time and I would have benefitted tremendously from some good puberty books and open, informative conversations.

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Deal with It!: A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain, and Life as a Gurl

This was THE BOOK for me. I don't recall it dealing with weight, however I do remember it being like, "all boobs look different! There is no one way for labia to look!" With illustrations!


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I have a care and keeping of you story! I was a thin kid who was teased for my lack of breasts, and I still remember obsessing over care and keeping’s insistence that breasts would stop growing five years after the start of one’s period (what??). I also started my period quite late, so this was something I was still thinking about this in my twenties.

Now as a small fat I constantly encounter clothes that fit in the chest but not in the stomach (and vice versa). More clothing (especially swimwear goodness) for people with tummies but virtually no cleavage please.

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Our Bodies, Ourselves was the bible--my WASPY but liberal parents pretty much pushed it across the table and left it at that. Talk? About bodies? Egads. I also subscribed to this witchy girl power magazine called New Moon (does this stil exist?) The period content there was essential and also really empowering. I must have read that issue 1000 times.

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hell yeah baby <3

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Late to the party here but:

Highly recommend for tweens: "You Know, Sex" by Cory Silverberg. So much in there about CONSENT. Actually less about sex and more about power, consent, and communication.

I found a used copy of "Changing Bodies, Changing Lives" which I loved as a teen (teen version of Our Bodies, Ourselves". I looked at the chapter on eating disorders and weight and they handle it well for the 90s-- although some of it could be triggering as kids talk about their experiences in very real ways.

And I was just recommended S.E.X. by Heather Corrina for older kids-- probably 15 and up-- as it goes into female pleasure, which is really not covered in pretty much any puberty/sex book.

Finally, I let my 13 1/2 year old read Judy Blume's "Forever". I asked her what she thought and she said, "Mom, I know all that stuff." And then she said, "Ralph."

Am I a bad mom ;)?

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Speaking of puberty, I found this neat historical site on the history of feminine hygiene products!

Fascinating; sanitary aprons! who knew? ! https://menstrualcup.co/history-of-feminine-hygiene-products/

Otherwise our ny middle school had sex ed classes (circa 1971-1972 and they were by gender only, mainly anatomical. It was a no-info zone for lots of my teen years.....knowledge is power! Wish i had been given ANY book on the topic!

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I remember my mom hiding Our Bodies, Ourselves in her bedroom and I found it while I was snooping! I must have been a tween or something, I don't recall. Eventually she realized I had found it and like... just gave it to me. Asked if I had questions. We never had a really solid sex talk or anything - so I learned on my own via that book, the internet, friends, etc.

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