Join us Thursday, April 27th at 7pm as we celebrate Anastasia Higginbotham's new book "Tell Me About Sex, Grandma" (Feminist Press) with a reading and special guest speaker Lindsey Hoskins, Director of Health Education at Family Tree Clinic, and Claire Cummins, Education and Outreach Specialist at Planned Parenthood.
More about the book:
Patiently forthcoming with lessons your parents redacted, this necessary conversation stresses consent, sex positivity, and the right to be curious about your body. The dialogue focuses on the dynamics of sex, rather than the mechanics, as Grandma reminds readers that sex is not marriage or reproduction, and doesn’t look the same for everyone. Instead, each person’s sexuality is their very own to discover, explore, and share if they choose.
"A refreshing, positive response to a child’s questions about sex. . . . Above all, the author emphasizes that people have the right to make their own choices about sex, now and always." —School Library Journal
"I love that it's Grandma giving advice. Some Native Americans say the very young and the very old understand each other best, because each is closest to the unknown." —Gloria Steinem, author of My Life on the Road
"Addresses sexuality with transparency—honoring diversity and opening a crucial door to conversation about an often-neglected topic. As a sexologist, I wish all children could read this amazing book!" —Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski, Founder and President of the Academy for Adolescent Health
Anastasia Higginbotham's books about ordinary, terrible things tell stories of children who navigate trouble with their senses on alert and their souls intact. The books take on divorce, death, bullying, illness, confusion about sex, and sexual abuse--for starters. Her essays have appeared in Ms., Bitch, Glamour, The Women's Review of Books, and in the anthologies Listen Up, 33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women's History, and Yes Means Yes. Higginbotham grew up in Washington, PA, and now writes for NYC nonprofits that combats injustice by empowering those it harms. Her website is www.anastasiahigginbotham.com.
More about Family Tree Clinic:
Family Tree Clinic’s mission is to cultivate a healthy community through comprehensive sexual health care and education.
Family Tree Clinic’s vision is to eliminate health disparities through innovative, personalized sexual health care and education for diverse needs.
Located in the heart of St. Paul, Family Tree Clinic has provided low-cost, patient driven health care and education services since 1971. In addition to our medical clinic, we provide comprehensive community education services and education services for the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing community.
Learn more at www.familytreeclinic.org
Patiently forthcoming with lessons your parents redacted, this necessary conversation stresses consent, sex positivity, and the right to be curious about your body. The dialogue focuses on the dynamics of sex, rather than the mechanics, as Grandma reminds readers that sex is not marriage or reproduction, and doesn't look the same for everyone.
"She's in a better place now," adults say again and again. But mortality doesn't seem better, it seems stupid. This forthright exploration of grief and mourning recognizes the anger, confusion, and fear that we feel about death.
Kids are told, "it's for the best"--and one day, it may be. But right now, divorce is the worst. With honesty and humor, Anastasia Higginbotham beautifully conveys the challenge of staying whole when your entire world, and the people in it, split apart.