Book Reviews

Doing It By Hannah Witton – A Review

May 4, 2017

I had been waiting for the release of this book since it was announced last year. I pre-ordered it and when it arrived, I was already mid way through a book, so I couldn’t start Doing It until I had finished it. I watched all of the lead up videos to the release and then I started the book last Thursday.

I really enjoyed this book for a multitude of reasons, and I’m going to go through some of the elements of the book that I enjoyed, as well as things I would have liked to see more of within the book. These are just my own opinions, and if you want to form your own, go and buy the book and read it (click here to purchase the book).

Firstly, I think the thing that I probably loved most about this book was the fact that Hannah brought in different authors. She didn’t pretend to know absolutely everything about all aspects of what she wanted to educate people about. She doesn’t know everything about the law on sexting, so she got in Kate Parker, who clearly knows a significant amount about the law on this matter and is able to pull it apart and explain it really clearly. Hannah wanted to talk about different sexualities, e.g. bisexuality. Hannah herself is heterosexual, and so she couldn’t talk about what it’s like to be bisexual, but Alayna Fender could. I thought it was a really great idea that was very well executed within this book.

Secondly, I love the little anecdotes Hannah herself shares. Anyone who watches Hannah’s You Tube channel knows that she talks a lot about sex and healthy relationships there, and she is currently doing a series called The Hormone Diaries.  In this, she talks about her own experiences with contraception and it’s really interesting to watch because she shares all of these anecdotes, and there’s a very similar feel to the book. Hannah shares her own experiences to connect with the reader, and also to make us laugh a little in some areas. I think this helps the book because it shows she has some experience with the different topics she talks about.

I liked the way that this book wasn’t embarrassed about what it was talking about, and that’s what these sorts of topics need. They need people to talk about them the way they are and not to try and sugar coat them. We need people talking about the laws of sexting and about the  LGBTQ+. I like to think that after years of watching both Laci Green and Hannah Witton for so long, that I was quite knowledgeable in the sort of topics this book was talking about, but I learnt a lot of things from reading this book. There were things in there that surprised me, and different perspectives that made me change my own.

I think this book would be a great tool for sex education in schools, and when the government look at what to put on the new curriculum, they should reference this book, because it covered all of the bases that schools should cover: LGBTQ+, disabilities, porn, sharing explicit images, and I think that all of these subjects are extremely important, and they should be taught when the curriculum changes.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a little bit more about the gender and sexuality spectrum, or who wants to learn about masturbation or porn usage. It contains so much information.  I would just like to point out that this book is aimed at age 14+, but you can read it if you’re younger, just be aware that it isn’t necessarily written for that age bracket.

Thanks for reading

Love, Ashleigh xxx

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