Unravelling the complexities of relationships and sexuality, this straight-talking guide will help you to navigate the associated social, emotional and physical issues. Expert advice and real life examples give you the knowledge to reflect on your own sexuality, provide you with information on different types of relationship, and gives you the confidence to decide which type of relationship is right for you.
Together with important information on sexual health, this book will help you to understand how to find and maintain a relationship of your choosing in a safe and enjoyable way.
Exploring the often unspoken rules of sex and relationships, this book also covers often unaddressed topics, such as:
* what sexual attraction looks and feels like
* how to identify your own sexual identity and preferences (and how they may change)
* what your rights are, and how to stay safe
* having children, or choosing not to, the impact of this on relationships
* how to recognise power imbalances within relationships, and what to do.
Introduction. 1. Overview of Relationships and Sexuality. 2. Gender. 3. Types of Sexuality. 4. Types of Relationships. 5. Understanding Your Own Sexuality. 6. Understanding the Sexuality of Others. 7. Sexual Relationships. 8. Non-sexual Relationships. 9. Starting Sexual Relationships. 10. Sexual Relationships in Real Life. 11. Meeting Online and Transitioning to Real Life. 12. Ending Relationships. 13. Reasons Why You Should End Long-term Relationships. 14. Maintaining Long-term Relationships. 15. Sexual Activity and Sexual Pleasure. 16. Sexual Activity By Yourself. 17. Sexual Activity with Someone Else. 18. Having Children (Your Own and Others') and How this Affects Relationships. 19. Choosing Not to Have Children. 20. Physical and Mental Health and Relationships. 21. Physical and Mental Health and Sexual Activity. Summary.
Emma Goodall, PhD, is a Senior Autism Advisor in South Australia and an executive committee member of the Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) as well as an executive committee member for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand (ASAN Aus/NZ). She is also a board member for Star, an organisation which provides support services and volunteers to work with adults with disabilities. Emma has volunteered for an HIV support service, was married and divorced by the age of 22 and has a range of friends across all genders and with a variety of sexualities. As an educator, she understands the damage that bad information can cause in relation to being able to live happily and enjoy one's sexuality. Emma lives in Adelaide, South Australia.