‘I want this book to educate you, I want this book to feel like your friend gossiping with you, I want this book to make you feel normal, comfortable, empowered and in control of your body.’
I know Hannah from her YouTube videos and have been really enjoying her series, The Hormone Diaries. Although I dithered a little about whether to buy her book, I am so glad that I did. I have learnt so much and Hannah has made me feel confident and empowered. Additionally, through reading her book, Hannah has helped me to see that SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) in schools really needs improving. Hannah talks about many topics that were never discussed at school and some of them are really important, such as understanding what a healthy and unhealthy relationship looks like. Also, some topics that we did learn about at school were just not taught as well as they could be. For example, when teaching consent, ‘no means no’ is a great start but there is so much more to consent than just that and in the book Hannah invites a criminal barrister to explain properly about the legal definition of consent and that was one of my favourite parts of the book. I could give so many other examples of topics Hannah discusses well, so if you want to know more, please read my full review. Overall, Hannah makes this book accessible, interesting and full of vital information. Having knowledge on the subject could really affect the choices that teenagers make and help them to feel happy, confident and comfortable with those choices and, most importantly, within themselves. SRE should not be about trying to dictate to young people when they should have sex or making them feel bad, it should be about helping them to make the right choices for themselves. I cannot recommend this book enough, so please consider it. You can find out more by reading my full review here.
Doing It – Hannah Witton, first published in 2017 by Wren & Rook, RRP £7.99, ISBN 978-5263-6003-8