Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week: A Reading List

Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week takes place this year from February 11-15, 2019. 

This week was designed by Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rightsopens a new window to raise awareness about our sexual and reproductive health, rights, and freedoms. It’s an opportunity for us to learn about the history of and continued fights for reproductive autonomy, to learn more about how to stay safe and healthy, and to celebrate our bodies and everything that they are capable of.

If you're interested in learning more, or joining the conversation online, check out this list of related Library resources.

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Celebrate and learn about your sexual and reproductive health with these resources to empower, encourage, and educate you.

Selected as one of the top 10 Lifestyle books of Spring 2018 by Publishers Weekly, this memoir shows that women's bodies have long been the battleground of a never-ending war for power, control, medical knowledge, and truth, and explores the need for advocacy about women's health issues.

The Pride Guide explores issues of sex, relationships, puberty, and online and physical safety for teens who identify as LGBTQ+. Written by a longtime therapist and sex educator, this title is an invaluable resource for teens, parents, and educators.

Written by a renowned expert, this guide provides frank and candid answers to all of the questions you had about male sexual health but were afraid to ask.

This thoughtful and moving memoir explores issues of fertility, including the depiction of childlessness in literature; the legal and financial aspects of infertility; and the many possible roads to creating a family. Written with stories of adoption, assisted fertility, and reflections of childless or child-free lives, The Art of Waiting is a brilliant exploration of the natural, medical, psychological, and political facets of fertility.

A "Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2014" winner, The Birth of the Pill explores the scientific, social, and cultural origins of one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 20th century.

This multi award-winning and nominated graphic novel is an essential resource for children and caregivers alike. With an emphasis on inclusion and diversity, Sex is a Funny Word is an innovative book that answers questions related to sex, gender, and puberty, while also leading to further conversations between children and their caregivers.

This powerful and surprising page-turner explores a nearly forgotten period in American life when women could be imprisoned without due process simply because they were thought to be prostitutes, carriers of STIs, or simply because they were considered too promiscuous. This brilliant historical novel tells the story of state control over women's bodies and behaviour through the words of survivor Nina McCall.

This powerful, easy-to-read book provides practical advice and real-life examples to help people on the Autism Spectrum navigate the complexities and unspoken rules of relationships, safety, and sexuality.

This classic guide to women's health focuses on issues of female sexual health, reproductive issues, information on how to find and access health information, and more.

Award winning journalist Michelle Goldberg explores topics such as abortion, female circumcision, and Asia's missing girls to demonstrate how women's rights and the emancipation of female reproduction are key to addressing issues plaguing nations worldwide.

Containing interviews with 100 women who, as single pregnant women, were shunned by their families and required to give birth alone in maternity homes, The Girls Who Went Away is a powerful, heartbreaking story that reveals the secret history of women who were forced to give up their babies in the years before affordable birth control and Roe v. Wade.

GIRL: Love, Sex, Romance, and Being You is an inclusive guide for female-identifying youth with a wide range of information, including sex, relationships, identity, and consent. This book is non-judgmental, accessible, and easy to read, and includes self-reflection questions, illustrations, and resource lists.

One of The New York Times' "100 Notable Books of 2016," How to Survive a Plague is the powerful, devastating, and, ultimately, inspiring history of the battle to fight the AIDS epidemic. It details the heroic stories of the men and women who fought against politics, religion, and societal pressures to in order to demand their right to live.

Written in a conversational tone and with the goal of making people feel more comfortable and empowered about their bodies, this book answers every question that author and OB/GYN Alyssa Dweck has been asked in her more than 20 years of practice.

This classic novel provides an excellent introduction to puberty, identity, and growing up for pre-teen girls.

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