The Body Scoop for Girls Clears Up Misconceptions About Sex and Body Image
Written by Brooke Randolph
I have been reading some very positive reviews of The Body Scoop for Girls: A Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You, a book for adolescent girls written by a gynecologist and obstetrician who also specializes in adolescent health.Dr. Jennifer Ashton is a mother and CBS medical correspondent for the Early Show and the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. In USA Today Dr. Ashton shares that in her practice she saw a need for more education on sexual health and an approach to which teens would listen – one of respect. Her style has been described as a casual conversation written from the perspective of an older sister. “I don’t judge, and I don’t sugarcoat”, states Dr. Ashton.
While she has concerns about the psychological impact of sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancy, and that sex before age 18 can interfere with how cervical cells develop, Dr. Ashton recognizes that less than half of American girls will wait until the age of 18 for intercourse, even fewer in urban areas. Explaining why abstinence is the wisest choice may be helpful, but adolescent girls need to be equipped with information to make better choices when they do choose to be sexually active.
Puberty can be a confusing and frightening time. Girls (and boys) have a lot of questions and concerns about how their body is changing and what is normal. There is a lot of misinformation floating around, especially teen to teen. If parents have things to learn from The Body Scoop for Girls: A Straight-Talk Guide to a Healthy, Beautiful You then it can certainly be educational for adolescents. In The Body Scoop for Girls, Dr. Ashton shares straight-forward information on all things related to puberty, sexual health, eating disorders, and even body piercing and hair removal. Parents who find these subjects uncomfortable to discuss or fear their children will not ask them the questions really on their mind, may want to make this book available to their daughters.