Reading and Sexuality
Nan Baker and Susan Airone
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One’s own sexuality and the sexuality of others is a topic of great interest to authors, scientists, psychologists, physicians, theologians, moralists, journalists, and the general population. Short story writers like Langston Hughes, novelists like D.H. Lawrence, James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, newspaper columnists like Beth and Ann Landers, New Haven teenagers, like those who contribute to the Hill Health Center Newspaper,
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, write eloquently and poignantly about the complexities of human sexual attraction and interaction. Many of the short novels and readers designed by the educational book companies for teenagers with low reading skills cover such topics as romance, dating, teenage pregnancy, V.D., the trauma of separation and sexual abuse. Many of these works can be used as they are, or they can be adapted for use as high interest reading material.