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A Couple of #SVYALit Links of Note on the Topic of Slut Shaming

In case you missed it, I wrote a piece for School Library Journal on what librarians can do to help create a culture that fights against slut shaming. Some of the ideas include creating a code of conduct for your library and making sure to include sex positive YA lit titles in your collections that help to de-stigmatize female sexuality. You can read it here: http://www.slj.com/2014/07/teens-ya/how-librarians-can-help-fight-the-culture-of-slut-shaming/

Also, please follow this link to read Meg Morley’s excellent piece on why we need sex positive YA and her discussion of the S word: http://cuddlebuggery.com/blog/2014/07/23/the-s-word/

And as a reminder, here are some of our recommendations for sex positive YA: Karen’s ListChrista’s List Carrie’s List

Teens are talking about and investigating the idea of sex whether the adults around them like it or not, giving them accurate information and healthy examples can help them make informed choices that are right for them and develop healthy sexual identities and boundaries. And we can help teens recognize that although others may make different decisions then they would make for themselves, those individuals still deserve to walk through their world with basic human dignity, safety and respect.

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