As my contribution to Adult Sex Ed month, I am providing you a review of Dan Savage’s latest book – full of informed facts, his own twists and some really great information. All of June is dedicated to this month – and everyone can participate or simply find the information. It’s so important to get this information out. All you have to do is share a recommended informational sex or sex how-to story with the hashtag #AdulltSexEdMonth.
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So – Who is Dan Savage and why is he important? I first heard him probably 12 years ago on a radio broadcast of This American Life, and he was sharing a story about getting a dog for his son. His honesty, humor and way of relating the story had me captivated. So I started looking around. He is a relationship / sexual advice columnist/podcaster under the title Savage Love, he founded the It Gets Better project that focuses on LBGT youth in crisis, he is an author, he is a gay man, a father, a brother, a son, and provides positively brilliant advice that is always based in fact and tinged with his unique twist of experience, humor and careful thought. Far from being only able to dole out advice to gay men on gay issues, his advice is both honest and detailed, and for everyone. And, he caps all that off with being funny, snarky when needed, and always a storyteller.
Title: American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics
Author: Dan Savage
Narrator: Dan Savage
Format: Hardcover, eBook, AudioBook
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Audio Producer: Penguin Audio
Length: 7 Hours, 41 minutes
Source: Penguin Audio via AudioBook Jukebox
Genre: Politics and Social Sciences
Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5
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About the Book:
On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, columnist and provocateur Dan Savage weighs in on such diverse issues as healthcare, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humor.
Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column “Savage Love,” but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project—his book of the same name was a New York Times bestseller—his profile has skyrocketed. In addition, he’s written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Onion, GQ, The Guardian, Salon.com, and countless other widely read publications. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously.
Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church and sex education.
In traditional Savage style, this book was loaded with information, opinion and personal perspective in a no-holds-barred presentation that is laced with humor and personal anecdotes. It should be no surprise to anyone familiar with Dan Savage and his column, podcasts or articles that he truly believes that information is necessary to making good choices, and he uses fact and anecdote to great effect in this book.
Self-narrated, his particular style conveys both information and perspective in an honest, clear and concise way: it is apparent that he enjoys his audience, and believes in the messages that he is putting forward. You don’t have to agree: there is no shouting his message and demanding only HE has the answers, but listen (or read) carefully: the facts provided are often more influential than any personal perspective he could put forward. In this age of he says ~ she says, facts should be the ultimate and most important weapon in your arsenal.
Taking on a litany of topics: his experience with the Catholic church, bullying, marriage, parenting, and even touches on the often misapplied and misunderstood term of “gay agenda”. Provocative, determined and personal, each chapter presents his own experiences, approach and above all, hopeful perspective on each issue. With so many bases touched in this story, it would be unrealistic to say that I believed or agreed with each conclusion, but I do have a better understanding of the issue and a new perspective from which to view it as I adjust or make my own decisions.
Don’t rush to pre-judge this book, or author based on your personal beliefs or political affiliation: take some time to listen or read: see what you can learn from someone very different from your life experience. While I don’t expect you will be converted to a more liberal way of thinking, a little understanding may help you to find true meaning and practice of that little phrase: Love thy brother as thyself.
I received an MP3 download of the audiobook from Penguin Audio via AudioBook Jukebox. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Dan Savage is a writer, activist, and TV personality best known for his political and social commentary, as well as his honest approach to sex, love and relationships.
Savage is the author of: American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics; The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family; Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America (Lambda Literary Award for Nonfiction); The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant (PEN West Award for Creative Nonfiction); and Savage Love. He co-authored How to be a Person. The Kid was adapted into an Off-Broadway play and has recently been optioned for film.
Savage is the Editorial Director of The Stranger, Seattle’s weekly alternative newspaper, and his writing has appeared in widely in publications including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Rolling Stone, The Onion, and Salon.com. Savage is also a contributor to Ira Glass’s This American Life. “Savage Love” is syndicated in newspapers and websites throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
In 2010, Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, launched a YouTube video meant to offer hope to bullied LGBTQ youth. The It Gets Better Project has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 videos. Savage and Miller co-edited the It Gets Better book, published in March 2011. In 2012, the It Gets Better Project received the Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmys.
Savage grew up in Chicago and now lives in Seattle, Washington with his husband and their son, DJ.