In Case You’re Curious is a book for anyone and everyone. With sex so present in our daily lives, in media and on social media as primary examples, people have a lot of questions that sometimes they just feel too uncomfortable to ask. Now Google does exist, but you know sometimes searching a topic can lead to results that don’t make sense or can even lead to more confusion. With this book, brought to you by Planned Parenthood, you can find answers to an assortment of questions that span sex, sexuality, and really anything else that might pop into your mind no matter how old or experienced you think you might be. This is the perfect resource and I can definitely see it as being something parents with children about to go through or going through puberty finding exceptionally useful.
I want to begin this review by noting some of the notes provided at the beginning of ICYC by the creators of the book. They do note that there are physical people you should consider talking to in some situations and they provided suggested lists. They also note that the questions they are answering were submitted to them and not altered from their original phrasing, which may mean that some have slang or terminology that you are unfamiliar. One note I love actually states that they will be using person with a person or a person with a vagina when discussing these topics instead of specifically gendered terminology. This choice in phrasing opens the book up to be a safe space for finding information for those who are struggling to find connection in a standard sexual education course.
ICYC begins with a discussion of sex and focuses on sex centered questions. Instead of focusing on the physical element of sex, which is often the focus in standard sex ed courses, they instead discuss thoughts on feeling ready, thoughts on sex, and how sex might feel. Throughout the discussion focuses on how there are always different answers for everyone, but that you should examine what you feel and that communication in some of these areas is something that will be very beneficial. There are also examinations of anatomy and specifically puberty. These two topics specifically are in some ways covered in some standard sex ed or health classes, but in ICYC they provide a deeper dive into questions anyone might have that they may not be comfortable discussing in a classroom setting.
The section I found most important for young readers or those who have children trying to understand their sexuality, gender, or gender expression was Chapter Four. This section dives into topics that are often not discussed in classrooms and provides and open space for an examination of the LGBTQ+ community in regards to understanding yourself and how to support and understand those who are within this umbrella. This book is tremendously informative and whether you read it straight through or use it as a sort of reference guide, it is something that I think is a book anyone should have on hand. This is especially true if you are someone who interacts with young people who may be struggling to understand what is happening with their changing bodies. I would highly recommend this as a book for parents trying to figure out a way to educate their children on topics connected to the infamous “Talk” or for educators who want to ensure they have an open curriculum. You can pre-order your copy of In Case You’re Curious today, the book releases in September.