Real People Admit Which Books Inspired Their FIRST Sexual Awakenings

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Talk about a happy ending!

Sexual awakenings come in many forms.

For some us, it was seeing Kevin Sorbo's throbbing pectorals on TV.

For others, the sex stories between the covers of a romance novel were what got the motors of their burgeoning sexuality purring. 

We all read books when we were young that were too sexy for our adolescent (and pre-adolescent) brains to handle. 

For me, the sex story inside the Mists of Avalon was almost more than my hormonal youth could take! 

Wizards, fairies, AND pagan sex rituals?! 

Sign me up! 

I was curious to see if any of the other people I knew had sex stories that gave them "funny feelings" as a pre-teen and teen and helped them discover their sexuality in the process.

Jamie Reidy, author of bestselling book Hard Sell, explained in a hilarious essay about how reading The Godfather was better than watching any cable-network porn. 

"Vulva.” Mario Puzo seemed to like that term. I certainly did. It was the sexiest word I had ever encountered. “Vulva.” The first syllable resonated in my throat, like it didn’t want to leave. The word had a soft tangibility that made me feel funny where my bathing suit covered. Intuitively, I also knew it could get me banished to the seminary, no questions asked and no chance to defend myself. Even now, merely typing “vulva” prompted me to look over my shoulder to see if my parents – 3000 miles away in New York – are sneaking up on me.

So I decided to ask my friends if they had similar experiences with books. 

Lots of people were happy to oblige me, provided I kept their identities STRICTLY anonymous. 

Here's what people had to share about books that helped them learn what the birds and bees are REALLY all about! 

What books helped you first discovery your sexuality? This can stuff like finding the Kama Sutra as a kid, or being given a of Our Bodies, Ourselves OR it can be the first book you read that gave you "weird feelings".

Here you go!


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  • "A highlighted, hand-me-down copy of Changing Bodies, Changing Lives that my parents had given to my brother 7 years prior (same authors as Our Bodies, Ourselves)."
     
  • "1997 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. My hormones erupted like Mt. St. Helens."
     
  • "This is an odd one, but Flowers in the Attic. I read it when I was 12 and couldn't get enough of Cathy and Chris. This book made all the "weird feelings" make sense for some reason. I am weird, I know."


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  • "Fiction book 'The Dead of the Night' about young Australians caught up in a war. There is a sex scene that OMG made my bits a flutter."
     
  • "I'm not sure what the first one was, but I think it was Sophie's Choice. I skimmed all my parents' books for sex scenes. I didn't understand the context in that book that makes that horrifying and hilarious (to me)."
     
  • "It might've been Clan of the Cave Bear."
     
  • "Flowers in the Attic."
     
  • "Actually a copy of Anais Nin's Delta of Venus. Which in retrospect, explains a few things."
     
  • "I read an Ann Rice book when I was 11 or 12 without realizing what it was and that there would be some form of erotica in there. I picked it up because I liked fantasy fiction with wizards, magic, vampires etc. So I was surprised to start reading this and experience explicit sexual content."
     
  • "The What's Happening to my Body Book."
     
  • "Magic's Pawn, Magic's Promise, and Magic's Price, by Mercedes Lackey."
     
  • "The last few moments in Thomas Harris' Hannibal, shared between Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter before the fireplace. I'd pictured Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in their respective roles. Good stuff".


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I don't know about you, but I feel like maybe a trip to the library is order! 

Fingers crossed I don't have any decades-old late fees, eep! 

 

 

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