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Harvard Book Store is thrilled to host the Boston book launch for What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety by writer, activist, and Women, Action, and the Media founder JACLYN FRIEDMAN. The evening will include a reading from the book as well as performances by Boston Sass Attack and Bitches of Destiny.
How do I know if the person I’m flirting with is safe to date? What do I say to a friend who’s making questionable sexual choices? What if that friend is questioning my choices? How do I teach my kids to be safe and sane about sex without teaching them shame?
In What You Really Really Want, Jaclyn Friedman gives young women the tools to decipher the modern world’s confusing, hypersexualized, sometimes dangerous landscape so they can define their own sexual identity. Friedman decries the hypocrisy and mixed messages of our culture (we are failures if we don’t act sexy, but sluts if we actually pursue sex; we need to be protected from rapists lurking in bushes, but deserve “whatever we get” if we have a drink at a party and wear a skirt), and encourages readers to separate fear from fact, decode the damaging messages all around them, and discover a healthy personal sexuality.