Drawn to Sex: The Basics

Drawn to Sex: The Basics

The first volume in a planned, 3-volume, sex-education series.Erika and Matthew are ready to talk about sex!Have you ever had a question about sex, but didn't know who to ask? Well, Erika and Matthew have spent years learning, talking, and creating informative comics about all aspects of sex. Using comics, jokes, and frank communication, they're here to demystify the world...

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Title:Drawn to Sex: The Basics
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Drawn to Sex: The Basics Reviews

  • Laura

    There are a lot of books about sex, and understanding it, out there, but Erika and her husband Matt, have written the clearest, most comprehensive, easy to understand book about sex out there.

    Erika and Matt have been running their site,

    , to talk about toys, but they also get into the ins and outs, no pun intended, of, well sex. Erika has a very easy on the eyes cartoon style, and she tries to include all types of sexualities, as well as bodies, when she draws her stories.

    This bo

    There are a lot of books about sex, and understanding it, out there, but Erika and her husband Matt, have written the clearest, most comprehensive, easy to understand book about sex out there.

    Erika and Matt have been running their site,

    , to talk about toys, but they also get into the ins and outs, no pun intended, of, well sex. Erika has a very easy on the eyes cartoon style, and she tries to include all types of sexualities, as well as bodies, when she draws her stories.

    This book is a collection of the strips she did about sex.

    This page is part of the three or four page story about consentual sex, and how to know what it is.

    and this page is about condoms, and Matt's first experience purchasing one.

    All of the stories cover the basic things you need to know about sex, from what STDs are, to what the best method of birth control might be for you, from the pill to the condom, to the IDU.

    Each story is told without shame, without assumptions, and the characters in the story ask the questions that you might be too embarrassed to ask.

    This is a valuable resource, as well as fun to read. It gives you a lot to think about, and answers questions you might not even have thought of to ask. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about sex, you might be surprised to learn a few things, and be entertained in the process. Highly recommended.

    Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • Tori (alwaysbookphoenix) Kisamore

    Before I start, I want to point out that I received this as a free eARC from Net Galley and the publisher.

    HOLY COW!

    This book was perfect!!! I am a Planned Parenthood advocate and volunteer and one of my passions is nursing, especially sexual health nursing. This book is a brilliant guide on sex. The illustrations are indeed super graphic so I do not recommend reading it in public unless you are comfortable doing so, but even then, it may be uncomfortable for others around you so be wise.

    Erika

    Before I start, I want to point out that I received this as a free eARC from Net Galley and the publisher.

    HOLY COW!

    This book was perfect!!! I am a Planned Parenthood advocate and volunteer and one of my passions is nursing, especially sexual health nursing. This book is a brilliant guide on sex. The illustrations are indeed super graphic so I do not recommend reading it in public unless you are comfortable doing so, but even then, it may be uncomfortable for others around you so be wise.

    Erika and Matthew have clearly done their research! They even provide websites and resources where you can fact check them or just get more information about the topics they discuss.

    Also, this graphic novel is very LGBTQIA+ friendly. It discusses different sexual and gender identities as well as illustrates them too. They did not leave anyone out! This is the kind of inclusive and sex positive literature that I think needs to be apart of any sex education class. (Although, I did come from a small school where we were told abstinence is the only way to a happy life, so I am a little bitter about that still, haha.)

    The education in this book was amazing, the illustrations were inclusive and descriptive, and lastly, I love that the authors did not just use medical lingo that not everyone will understand. They use multiple terms to describe and educate. This makes it a more fun and casual way to get educated.

    I am so excited for this book to hit shelves. I hope other people find it as amazing and educational as I did.

  • mo

    A joyful, approachable, gloriously inclusive volume on the basics of sex. It welcomes and celebrates consenting adults who are comfortable doing any and all kinds of sex, as well as those who are uncomfortable with some or all sex. Informative, well-researched, friendly, and well worth a read, even if you know plenty about these topics already.

  • Holly

    Originally posted at

    Ragdoll Rating: 5/5 Buttons

    Recommended For: Everybody and anybody, whether you've never had sex or you do it all the time.

    About the Book...

    Drawn to Sex: The Basics is a brief (but extensive) look into the world of Sex Education. Wise and clever advise on a whole host of important topics is presented with a wonderful array of cute illustrations.

    The book is broken up into four sections; Sex the Concept, Doin' it Safely, Doin' it With Yourself, and, Doin' It

    Originally posted at

    Ragdoll Rating: 5/5 Buttons

    Recommended For: Everybody and anybody, whether you've never had sex or you do it all the time.

    About the Book...

    Drawn to Sex: The Basics is a brief (but extensive) look into the world of Sex Education. Wise and clever advise on a whole host of important topics is presented with a wonderful array of cute illustrations.

    The book is broken up into four sections; Sex the Concept, Doin' it Safely, Doin' it With Yourself, and, Doin' It with Other People. The first section starts with what sex is, consent and so on, and the following sections build from that starting point.

    This would be an ideal starting point for getting a deeper understanding of the world of sex.

    What I thought...

    My first impression of this book came from the introduction, and it caused me to do something I haven't actually bothered doing so far in the reviewing career. I made a list of positives and negatives! The trigger for this was literally the first line of the book, which read:

    "Hello my Dearest Perverts!"

    Now, this phrase appears several times in the book, and is only ever used as a term of endearment. Perhaps it is also intended as a way of reclaiming the word, to help put some distance between the ideas that sex is perverted, and that perverts are bad, therefore sex is bad. Whatever the reason, it unsettled me a little...actually quite a lot.

    Fortunately, on reading the rest of the book, I completely abandoned the list because there was nothing to properly dislike.

    There are so many things to like about this book. I'll briefly break down the book, then talk about some extras I loved. Obviously am not an expert on sex education (or sex generally) in any sense of the word, so I can't I just have to assume that the information in this book is factually correct. Having said that, I learned just a ridiculous amount by reading it.

    Section 1, Sex the Concept, starts by taking a look at what sex actually is, the various forms of sexual acts, consent and sex positivity. It also tries to advise the reader on how to answer the question Am I ready to have sex? It's a really interesting chapter, and I was really pleased to see how reassuring the whole thing was. It is made absolutely clear that sex is good, if that's something you want, and that it's totally valid and normal if you don't want sex now, or ever! It also talks about how being sex-positive doesn't mean you have to be crazy in to kinks fetishes, and the finer points of what constitutes consent.

    Section 2, Doin' it Safely, is all about protection, barriers and contraception. We get a little bit of information about STI's and the importance of getting tested regularly, including some details about what sort of things testing actually involves. Then it moves on to contraception, starting with condoms. This is probably the best condom related information I've read, especially considered the nightmare we were given in school (and if you've never heard of the Johnny Condom song, then think yourself lucky...). We also get taught about internal condoms - note, internal, not female, this book is super good at not using gendered terms for things, it's really trans inclusive which I love. We also get told about things like dental dams and finger cots. Then we get loads of information about forms of birth control, all of which have a list of positives, negatives and some side effects, which I thought was a really good idea. To round off this section there is a chapter on sexting, which I assume is put in the Safely section because it points out that there is always a chance that a sexy pic will be seen by someone other than its intended recipient (and it gives ways to lessen the chance it gets linked back to you), a warning about the legal implications of sexting while under age, and a bit about not how consent extends to pictures as well. Actually the way consent and not sharing other peoples nudes was brought up was really nice to see and well put.

    Section 3, Doin' it with Yourself, is all about healthy exploration of your body, your likes and dislikes and masturbation. This chapter talks about fantasies and how they are normal and healthy, and examining them can help you understand your needs better. But it also talks about how not everything in your head is an actual desire you need to act on, and it says in a non-judgemental way that you can and should find help if you find yourself worried about fantasies. It was a good chapter. Then it talks a bit about the Sexual Response cycle, which I had never heard of but which is basically about how there is more to sex than the orgasm. This section concludes with some advice on masturbation for people with vulvas and people with penises (note that again, there was careful use of inclusive language. This section involves tips on exploring your body, diagrams - both external and internal - of the sexual organs, and a brief look at how sex toys can help with self pleasure.

    Section 4, Doin' it with Others, is all about how sex works with other people. This section takes a look what I suppose are the main forms of sexual contact with others. It breaks down what is involved, how to do it safely,  what to do if things go wrong and all sorts of other good stuff. It includes more diagrams and cartoons, tips and advice and even covers things such as safe and sensible threesomes!

    So that's the content covered, now on to the extra bits I liked.

    First off,  is the cartoons throughout. The visual representation of content makes it so easy to absorb and remember. It doesn't feel cold or clinical or judgemental, it is warm and friendly and  reassuring. The characters featured are really diverse, different races, genders and sexualities. It also includes characters in wheelchairs and with other disabilities, which is something I have not seen in...well in anything if I'm honest. The language in the book is also really carefully selected. I've already mentioned how it is trans inclusive, but the book also reminds you from time to time that it's OK to not want sex, or have a low sex drive. 

    Ideas such as safe sex, consent and 'sex should feel good for all involved' are brought in throughout the book. Each section builds on what came before, providing what I feel is a really well-rounded and detailed look at the subject. Sources are provided whenever statistics are used and wherever the author feels there is more to be said, but not enough space, the reader is provided with websites to look at for further information.

    One word of warning, the language in this book is not clinical or...professional seems like the wrong word...it uses a lot of slang words as well as technical terms. As such, this book contains a lot of instances of 'swear words', and also cartoons of people engaged in various sexual positions. So this is probably more of a teen+ book...

    Final Thoughts...

    This book is excellent. I learned a huge amount from this book - I'm not likely to need it, but it's good to be informed. The comic style of presentation means that this is a book you can easily read in a day and would find it easy to come back to if you needed a reminder. It's excellent. Read it, give it to your teens and your buddies and your partners. Get informed, bub!

  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    When I was younger, I struggled a lot with recognizing what was healthy or unhealthy in a sexual relationship. Sex has been a part of my life for a long time as someone who is attracted to multiple genders and does not fall anywhere on the asexual spectrum, but unhealthy relationships and exposure to unhealthy scenarios as a teen messed up my views on what it should look like, and honestly, Erika Moen's

    webcomics were a tremendous help. In fact, I have to say that I think I first

    When I was younger, I struggled a lot with recognizing what was healthy or unhealthy in a sexual relationship. Sex has been a part of my life for a long time as someone who is attracted to multiple genders and does not fall anywhere on the asexual spectrum, but unhealthy relationships and exposure to unhealthy scenarios as a teen messed up my views on what it should look like, and honestly, Erika Moen's

    webcomics were a tremendous help. In fact, I have to say that I think I first learned sex positivity from Erika's words. Because of my eternal gratitude to her and her partner Matthew for their guidance, when I saw that they were coming out with

    , I naturally felt like I had to review it.

    I can't say that I learned anything new from this book, because 1) I followed their webcomic for

    , and 2) I've been around the block long enough at this point to have learned these things firsthand. That said, this is such a fantastically comprehensive guide and I would absolutely encourage anyone and everyone to read it, regardless of your sexuality and gender identity—Erika and Matthew cover it all.

    On top of how in-depth everything is, the representation in the comics? Flawless. Erika so strongly normalizes different races, sexualities, identities, body types, disabilities, and anything else you can think of. It's something I first noticed about the webcomic back in the day, and I was so happy to see that she still focuses so strongly on including as many people as possible. There's also a lot of attention paid to phrasing—instead of using binary terms, she'll use phrases like "people with *insert sexual term here*"—and she even takes time more than once to point out that asexuality comes in many different layers, and each and every one of those layers is perfectly valid.

    I would recommend

    to anyone and everyone, and am so proud of Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan for the work they're doing. ♥

  • Justine

    Growing up, up until now really, I always had been curious about such things, living in a Catholic-majority country with such conservative beliefs and the atmosphere in schools even in some universities, made it weird to look up such, but that didn’t hinder me. I know for a fact that I am not doing harm to myself and others. I may have been creating a safer world for me and some others. Haha.

    I am no expert, when I found Drawn to Sex on NetGalley, I had to know. What really covers? the What, Why,

    Growing up, up until now really, I always had been curious about such things, living in a Catholic-majority country with such conservative beliefs and the atmosphere in schools even in some universities, made it weird to look up such, but that didn’t hinder me. I know for a fact that I am not doing harm to myself and others. I may have been creating a safer world for me and some others. Haha.

    I am no expert, when I found Drawn to Sex on NetGalley, I had to know. What really covers? the What, Why, When, and Hows of all.

    And THOSE questions where answered here.

    Saying I love it is an understatement, Drawn to Sex is curated with the sincerest detail and precaution there is! It was humorous, funny, and dead serious with the warnings. Over safety, comfortability, consent, and all of that. What I love more about it is that it doesn’t cast out any minority. Personally, I may be a today’s old over some facts that I have uncovered here.

    The art itself is really calming and humorous. And if you look closer into it, you will see that there are reps of different body types, disabilities (physically speaking), sexual identities. Which is very encouraging not only towards safe sex but embracing one’s sexuality. What wows me more is the breadth of the topics, it was divided into the novel, from the what is sex to the how.

    It created a positive space that shows in every page of the novel, embracing sex and sexuality even!

    Totally recommended for everyone. If you’re looking for a Kickstarter guide, why not pick this one up.

  • Isabella

    If this is the basics I don’t want to think what the advanced book is about LOL. At any rate, this comic is explicit but it’s funny and informative at the same time, I learned new things myself, so don’t think you’re ever too old to learn about sex and contraception.

  • Tucker Almengor

    I still remember when I had 'the talk.' I was sitting in my dad's car eating ice cream (of which I quickly lost my appetite for) and we had the talk. My dad only have me the basics and so I had to pick things up along the way through reading, t.v., Etc.

    If you're looking for answers to the questions your afraid to ask, this is the book for you! Complete with all sorts of instructions, warnings, and answers.

    The drawings were good and I loved the humor and writing. This book is a staple for all k

    I still remember when I had 'the talk.' I was sitting in my dad's car eating ice cream (of which I quickly lost my appetite for) and we had the talk. My dad only have me the basics and so I had to pick things up along the way through reading, t.v., Etc.

    If you're looking for answers to the questions your afraid to ask, this is the book for you! Complete with all sorts of instructions, warnings, and answers.

    The drawings were good and I loved the humor and writing. This book is a staple for all kids coming of age!

    Bottom Line:

    4 Stars: A great book for those with great questions

    Age Recommendation: 13-15+ (Obviously being a book about sex there is all sorts of sexual content. Parents, I suggest you take a flip through this book and then pick and choose what pages you want to show to your kids 👌)

    Thanks to Limerence Press for providing me with a review copy.

  • Ken

    I had never read the webcomic that inspired this graphic novel, but that didn't stop me from backing the Kickstarter to get my copy. I loved the humor, non-judgmental nature, and accessibility with which the authors covered these topics. And the diversity! Of genders, parts, colors, body shapes — even limb differences. I really appreciated all the thought they put into this.

    My one disappointment is that their coverage of birth control did not include vasectomies. Our society puts more of the bur

    I had never read the webcomic that inspired this graphic novel, but that didn't stop me from backing the Kickstarter to get my copy. I loved the humor, non-judgmental nature, and accessibility with which the authors covered these topics. And the diversity! Of genders, parts, colors, body shapes — even limb differences. I really appreciated all the thought they put into this.

    My one disappointment is that their coverage of birth control did not include vasectomies. Our society puts more of the burden of birth control on women, and it would've been helpful to include more ways that men can share that responsibility — especially since men seem less prone to discuss their health, especially sexual health, with one another.

    The inside flap says this is the first of a series. I look forward to the follow-ups!

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