Facts of Life and Love for Teen-agers By Evelyn Ruth Millis Duvall

    An amusing old book I found at the library. I read some parts and skimmed the rest. It's a quite lengthy book on growing up/sex ed/dating/manners. Lots of content on how to date and just get along with one's peers in general. It's less judgmental than I would have expected, and the anatomical/medical content seems pretty accurate still. I found it interesting that it mentions contraception existing, but doesn't say what methods are available...I guess that was only for married people to know?

    I'm still glad I live in modern times. First, this book doesn't think asexual people like me exist! There was a lot of emphasis on how everyone is interested in sex (but still don't do it til you're married!). There was also a section talking about how your sex drive makes you creative? That was strange. I found it interesting that homosexuality is mentioned as something sort of normal but it still shouldn't be acted upon (according to the author). And whoa boy, the statement If you are well into your teens, you can expect to be a parent within the next ten years. That is definitely not *as* true nowadays! Evelyn Ruth Millis Duvall Here I am, 65 years old and doing a serious clearing-out of my bookshelves. And here is this little paperback that my mother gave me around 1963 because she felt shy about explaining the Facts of Life to me (and I was quite the little reader.) She handed it to me again 18 years later, before my wedding.

    All these years, one section of the book remainedwith me because it had so alarmed me as a teen: an anecdote about a young girl who had to fend off a date who was coming on too strong. I can still quote it from memory:
    Oh, she said, with a silvery little laugh, You are too much for me!
    The very idea of having to fend a fellow off seemed intensely awful and embarrassing (as indeed it is.) Emitting a silvery little laugh seemed intensely embarrassing and also probably impossible for me. This scene haunted me for years and years.

    Imagine my surprise today, as I leafed through the volume, to find that for the most part, it actually seems to be pretty comprehensive and sympathetic. Whatever its faults or lacks, it probably was as good a literary introduction to sexuality as could have been found in 1963. It's quite readable as an artifact of cultural history and yes, some passages are quaintly humorous.

    (As an aside: to help young people of today to better understand their opposite numbers, I would give them a copy of Deborah Tannen's You Just Don't Understand: Men and Women in Conversation.) Evelyn Ruth Millis Duvall Kind of scared to read this. My friend got it for me as a semi – joke. It is actually called Love and the Facts of Life but it is by the same author. The original printing was 1963. Again I'm assuming this is either science-fiction, fantasy or a horror book. Evelyn Ruth Millis Duvall Reading a book about the facts of life from the 50's is amusing, shocking and saddening all at the same time! Evelyn Ruth Millis Duvall


    This sane, sound, reassuring book for young people gives not only the facts about sex and growth, but also an understanding of how these facts are related to life, from etiquette to ethics. It minces no words in its descriptions of growing up and all the attendant problems of sex. --- New York Times

    The physical facts of life are faced with a frank realism that will appeal to a generation of teen-agers who hate beating about the bush...Here are the concerns about which they are reluctant to talk to any adult, most of all in too many cases, to their parents.--- Parents' Magazine Facts of Life and Love for Teen-agers

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