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'Sex is a Funny Word' author says kids are old enough to know

Author and sex educator Cory Silverberg defends his inclusive book for 8 to 10 year olds about bodies, gender, and sexuality.

"We'll tell you when you're older." It's a familiar response to children's questions about sex and sexuality. 

But for Cory Silverberg, that reply simply isn't good enough. The author and sex educator joins Shad to discuss Sex is a Funny Word, his inclusive book for 8 to 10 year olds about bodies, gender, and sexuality. 

The book's exploration of the gender spectrum, masturbation and sexual abuse — among other complex and even controversial topics — separates it from your typical school curriculum.

"[Kids] know that their parents are really excited when they learn to walk, and really excited when they learn new words — and then all of a sudden there's stuff they're not supposed to learn, and sex is one of them. So we wanted to be bold about it," he tells Shad. 

WEB EXTRA | View some images from the book, posted here with permission from the author, below.

Cory Silverberg's boundary-pushing children's book,`Sex Is A Funny Word', gives kids the benefit of the doubt. (Fiona Smyth/Seven Stories Press)



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