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Book Overview


A contemporary guide to sex education that answers the most pressing questions teens and young adults have about dating, relationships, consent, and sexual safety.

There’s a lot to talk about when it comes to sex education―anatomy, communication, safety, and more. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Jennifer Lang delivers a frank, compassionate, and evidence-based guide to healthy sexual relationships, focusing on the crucial role of consent in sex education.

A board-certified OB-GYN, Dr. Lang breaks down confusing concepts into factual and clear guidance. She outlines not only what consent looks and sounds like, but the importance of recognizing when a person has the capacity to give consent, and when they don’t. Written for all teens, and inclusive of all sexual identities and orientations, Consent is a reference guide to healthy sexual expression and relationships.

"Sexuality, with all of its nuances and forms of expression is a wonderful part of the joy of being human. When sex involves good communication and mutual pleasure, it can lead to some of the most beautiful moments of connection and discovery that you will ever experience.”

- Consent. Every Teen's Guide to Healthy Sexual Relationships

A Current Approach

This book’s approach to sex education covers:

  • An overview of human sexuality including what sex is and how it feels, separating sex education fact from fiction.
  • A discussion about relationships & dating and the various forms they take during adolescence, including some of the most common scenarios and healthy ways of handling them. 
  • Tools for communicating and understanding consent, as well as critical information about the capacity to give consent, the language surrounding it, and what constitutes abuse and assault. 

The way that teens think and talk about sex today has changed. Sex education needs to change, too. Teens and young adults will find the sex education information they need to make empowered choices about their bodies, their desires, and their boundaries in Consent. You’ll never think of sex education in the same way again.

“If a boundary is not clearly articulated, that doesn’t mean you have consent by default. It means you have to ask your partner what they want and don’t want before moving forward.”

- Consent. Every Teen's Guide to Healthy Sexual Relationships

Praise for the Book

Amy Ziering, The Invisible War, The Hunting Ground

"Dr. Lang’s book should be required reading for teens, delivering important information about sex in a breezy, friendly, straightforward, and highly accessible way. A must-read for anyone wondering about how to navigate the world of consent in the #metoo era."

―Amy Ziering, filmmaker and producer of The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground

About the Author

Jennifer Lang, MD

Jennifer Lang, MD

Jennifer Lang, MD, is the founder and creator of Buzz Labs, a social impact tech start-up innovating products for the movement to end sexual violence. She received her medical education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where she received the Dean's Award: "Holding Promise for the Future of Medicine." She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, then fellowship in gynecologic oncology at UCLA. She practiced as a board-certified ob-gyn and gynecologic oncologist, specializing in integrative and preventative medicine, minimally invasive and robotic surgery. In 2013, she cofounded an international medical nonprofit that delivers cervical cancer prevention services to women in resource-poor countries. Since then, the nonprofit has grown to support 80 clinics spanning Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Central America. She is the author of The Whole 9 Months: a Week-By-Week Pregnancy Nutrition Guide with Recipes for a Healthy Start, and mother of three intelligent (and slightly precocious) kids, who always ask the hardest questions.