Did you ever read a book and wonder “Where were you when I needed you?” Well, that’s exactly how I felt now that I’ve read Gia Lynne’s book On Blossoming-Frank and Practical Advice on Our Bodies, Sexual Health, Sensuality, Pleasure, Orgasms, and More.
Lynne is a sex-positive writer, educator, and personal coach. Her upbringing couldn’t have been more different than most people’s. She was raised in a communally-based culture by people who were both positive and open when it came to sex education. No topic was off limits, which influenced her to write a book that is positive, practical, and a very joyful read.
Let’s face it. We live in a sex-drenched world where young women told they need to be “hot” (read-sexy and desirable) but are also told to keep their legs closed or else they are a dirty slut (no thanks to abstinence only “education”) who is a petri dish of STIs and is going to pop out bastard babies like a PEZ dispenser. And you don’t have to remind me the deplorable way gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people are treated by some segments of society.
So, thank goodness for Lynne’s book, one that is desperately needed in this day and age.
On Blossoming is constructed of several chapters and divided into three distinctive parts-exploring the body, sex and sexuality, and finally, communication. Each chapter delves further in the basics of the “birds and the bees,” how to communicate effectively when it comes to sex, the links between sexuality and sensuality (and the differences), getting familiar with one’s body, and so much more!
Without giving way too much of this book, On-Blossoming has good, solid knowledge and is written in a style that is expressed with wisdom, compassion, experience, and joy. Lynne ‘s book is well-researched and she offers ample notations throughout On-Blossoming’s chapters, resources for continued education, works cited and other assorted notes. Lynne truly knows her stuff and On-Blossoming is never sleazy nor is it a snooze.
Ultimately, On Blossoming isn’t merely about sex; it is about finding joy and acceptance in ourselves and in each other, a must read for teens and those who love them.