Digital Book Display: Sex & Respect

Check out our digital book display created in collaboration with the Center for Health Advocacy and Wellness’s Sex and Respect Week. To view events associated with each subject, click on the hyperlinked section headings. Follow them on Instagram for more events!

Sex After Trauma: Recovery & Support

Whatever Gets You Through: Twelve Survivors on Life after Sexual Assault
Author: Stacey May Fowles, Jen Sookfong Lee, Jessica Valenti
In the era of #MeToo, we’ve become better at talking about sexual assault. But sexual assault isn’t limited to a single, terrible moment of violence: it stays with survivors, following them wherever they go.
Through the voices of twelve diverse female writers, Whatever Gets You Through offers a powerful look at the narrative of sexual assault not covered by the headlines–the weeks, months, and years of survival and adaptation that women live through in its aftermath.
From ice hockey to kink, boxing to tapestry-making, these striking personal essays address subjects as varied as the women who have lived them. With candor and insight, each writer shares her own unique experience of enduring: the everyday emotional pain and trauma, but also the incredible resilience and strength that can emerge in the aftermath of sexual assault.
Where to Find: Visit lib.fsu.edu and use the Onesearch feature to look up keywords from the book title. Set your search filters to “ebooks” to narrow down your search results.

The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls: A Guide to Recovery from Sexual Assault and Abuse
Author: Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, Sheela Raja
The Sexual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls offers healing, real-life stories from survivors and powerful, evidence-based tools to help you reclaim your life after sexual abuse or trauma. If you’ve been sexually abused or experienced sexual trauma, you may feel confused, angry, ashamed, and unable to move forward emotionally. You’re not alone. Like many teens who’ve been abused, you may be tempted to keep the secret locked deep inside and feel uncomfortable discussing your struggles with others. If so, this book can help you find your voice.This empowering workbook will help you move past your trauma and serve as a comforting reminder that you are strong and resilient. Healing is possible—and with healing, comes victory. In this book, you’ll find true stories from other teen survivors, and in reading the stories you’ll find reassurance in knowing you aren’t alone in your experiences. You’ll also find practical and proven-effective strategies and exercises to help promote emotional healing and reclaim your sense of self.Sexual abuse or trauma may be a part of your past, but it doesn’t need to define who you are now. This book will help you as you start on the path toward healing so you can move forward with confidence.
Where to Find: Visit lib.fsu.edu and use the Onesearch feature to look up keywords from the book title. Set your search filters to “ebooks” to narrow down your search results.

My First Time: Exploring First Sexual Experiences

The First Time: Women Speak Out About “Losing Their Virginity”
Author: Karen Bouris
Takes an unprecedented look at the emotional experience surrounding losing one’s virginity and the personal significance women attach to this event. The stories in this collection, based on a survey of over 200 American women, uncover a mixture of feelings of love, weakness, empowerment, recklessness, and ambivalence.
Where to Find: Physical copy is available at Strozier Library for Curbside Pickup. Also available online through HathiTrust- See Link above.

Fanfiction, Erotic Writing, Romance Novels, Oh My!

Writing Erotic Fiction: How to Write a Successful Erotic Novel
Author: Pamela Rochford
Erotic novels are more than a string of sexual scenes, they need a plot, characters and a variety of sexual encounters. This book offers realistic encouragement and tips from top-selling authors and explains how to get started, develop the plot and characters and present your work for publication.
Where to Find: Visit lib.fsu.edu and use the Onesearch feature to look up keywords from the book title. Set your search filters to “ebooks” to narrow down your search results.

All We Know of Pleasure: Poetic Erotica by Women
Author: Enid Shomer
Here is the good stuff: poetry written by women that actually excites the thinking reader. This anthology, spanning work of the last 75 years, will broaden its readers’ notions of what defines erotic poetry. For what is more intriguing, more satisfying than strong, self-assured writing?
Where to Find: Physical copy is available at Strozier Library for Curbside Pickup.

Other Works

Sex Work Matters: Exploring Money, Power, and Intimacy in the Sex Industry
Author: Melissa Hope Ditmore, Antonia Levy, Alys Willman
Sex Work Matters brings sex workers, scholars and activists together to present pioneering essays on the economics and sociology of sex work. From insights by sex workers on how they handle money, intimate relationships and daily harassment by police, to the experience of male and transgender sex work, this fascinating and original book offers theoretical discussions as well empirical case studies, providing new ways to link theory with lived experiences. The result is a vital new contribution to sex-worker rights. The book will equip any reader with new theoretical frameworks for understanding the sex industry, challenging readers to explore the topic of sex work in new ways, especially its cultural, economic and political dimensions.
Where to Find: Visit lib.fsu.edu and use the Onesearch feature to look up keywords from the book title. Set your search filters to “ebooks” to narrow down your search results.

The Poetry of Sappho: An Expanded Edition, Featuring Newly Discovered Poems
Author: Sappho, Translation and Notes by Jim Powell
Today, thousands of years after her birth, in lands remote from her native island of Lesbos and in languages that did not exist when she wrote her poetry in Aeolic Greek, Sappho remains an important name among lovers of poetry and poets alike,. Celebrated throughout antiquity as the supreme Greek poet of love and of the personal lyric, noted especially for her limpid fusion of formal poise, lucid insight, and incandescent passion, today her poetry is also prized for its uniquely vivid participation in a living paganism. Collected in an edition of nine scrolls by scholars in the second century BC, Sappho’s poetry largely disappeared when the Fourth Crusade sacked Constantinople in 1204. All that remained was one poem and a handful of quoted passages. A century ago papyrus fragments recovered in Egypt added a half dozen important texts to Sappho’s surviving works. In 2004 a new complete poem was deciphered and published. By far the most significant discovery in a hundred years, it offers a new and tellingly different example of Sappho’s poetic art and reveals another side of the poet, thinking about aging and about the transmission of culture from one generation to the next. Jim Powell’s translations represent a unique combination of poetic mastery in English verse and a deep schlolarly engagement with Sappho’s ancient Greek. They are incomparably faithful to the literal sense of the Greek poems and, simultaneously, to their forms, preserving the original meters and stanzas while exactly replicating the dramatic action of their sequences of disclosure and the passionate momentum of their sentences. Powell’s translations have often been anthologized and selected for use in textbooks, winning recognition among discerning readers as by far the best versions in English.
Where to Find: Visit lib.fsu.edu and use the Onesearch feature to look up keywords from the book title. Set your search filters to “ebooks” to narrow down your search results.

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