Title: Doing It!: Let’s Talk About Sex…
Author: Hannah Witton
Publisher: Wren & Rook
UK Release Date: 6th April 2017
Genres: Nonfiction, Feminism, Sexuality
Figuring out how to build and maintain healthy relationships – with your family, friends, romantically and with yourself – is a crucial part of being a teen. It’s not easy though, particularly in a digital age where information and advice are so forthcoming it can be hard to know who or what to believe or trust. Porn is everywhere, sexting is the norm and messages about body image are highly mixed. Hannah combats this by tackling subjects ranging from masturbation and puberty to slut shaming and consent in an accessible, relatable and extremely honest way. She is unembarrassed about bringing little-discussed topics into the open, and as such empowers teens to have the confidence to conduct relationships on their terms, and in a way that they feel comfortable with.
-> Thank you to Wren & Rook for sending me a proof of this book in exchange for an honest review!
I love Hannah Witton’s videos (seriously, if you haven’t seen any, please go check out her channel – as soon as you’ve finished reading this of course), and had been watching them for a few months when I heard she was going to have a book published. Obviously you can then imagine my delight when I was sent a proof to review! I thought Doing It was an absolutely fantastic book, and will definitely be recommending it.
— Jess (@bookendsendings) March 3, 2017
One of the main things that I really liked about this was the overall tone of the book. I’m not sure how qualified I am to judge this, but I did think as I read that, to me, the book felt inclusive in the way it was phrased. Personally, I thought it was applicable beyond one demographic, and that it was kept open so lots of people can benefit from this. In a society where lots of groups of people are often left voiceless or without guidance, I think that Doing It is a viable option if you’re searching for advice on sex education (although, as I said, I’m not saying that I’m the best person to judge this!). There were also sections from other creators, such as Holly Bourne, Juno Dawson, and Ash Hardell, to provide ideas and experiences on matters such as having a healthy relationship and being LGBT, another aspect I thought made it an inclusive read.
Another thing I found really remarkable about this book was how comprehensive it was. I thought it was really readable, and was written and laid out in a way that will be easily understood by readers. The advice was neatly laid out from the very beginning, with a contents page that allowed you to easily locate the topics you wanted to read about – or you could go start from the beginning and go through everything in order, although it didn’t have to be read in order. There were pretty pages that broke up the text, and diagrams too which were great for helping the reader to understand the information that Hannah Witton was trying to put across.
The final thing I’m going to mention that was really notable about this book was definitely the content. The breadth of information covered was truly excellent, and I think there’s something for everyone to learn from this book. There were thirteen chapters, each covering a different aspect of sex education, from body image to consent, from contraception to healthy relationships. There were both factual sections and anecdotes, and this gave the book a nice tone, as the balance between fact and personal experience meant it wasn’t too formal and felt almost conversational at times.
Overall, I think that Hannah Witton’s Doing It will be an invaluable resource for teenagers everywhere who wish to learn more about sex and sex education. This is a book I think everyone can learn something from, and I would urge you to stay informed and educated, and have a read of this book at some point, whether you read it cover to cover or only go for the topics you feel you need to know more about.