Laid: Young People's Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture

Front Cover
Shannon T. Boodram
Da Capo Press, Oct 27, 2009 - Literary Collections - 328 pages
2 Reviews
In this hard-hitting anthology, journalist Shannon T. Boodram collects the compelling and personal firsthand accounts of young people dealing with sex in today’s world. Laid covers a range of important topics, from teens’ first times to STIs, abstinence to unplanned pregnancies. Boodram, an up-and-coming voice for her generation, engages teens and twentysomethings in honest dialogue and explores how they see and experience sex, how and why it shapes their beliefs, and what they have learned about themselves and their sexuality through their actions. Laid is a great conversation-starter, and doesn’t shy away from the personal topics. A great resource for young people, Laid invites teens and young adults to take a close-up look at sex and sexuality. Boodram’s chapters offer more than 40 personal narratives, from both female and male voices, with in-depth analyses, facts, and Q&As to further the discourse. Responsible and thought-provoking, Laid offers a range of honest perspectives on young adult sexuality in today’s easy access culture

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

This book is a testimony for you people who has experienced failed relationships. I find the book a wonderful read. All of the co-contributors are very brave to share their stories and poems.

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

This book is an incredible achievement for young writers everywhere.
Shannon has compiled various touching true accounts from young people, for young people.
A must have for any parent of teens.


chApTEr 1
Lane 2 by Shannon T Boodram 13 Crease in My Sheets by Shannon T Boodram 15 Friends? by Stacy Rees 20 That Kind of Girl by Michelle DSouz...
Chapter 1 Checkpoint chApTEr 2
anD THen I saw sTars 61 Introduction 64 Wonder Woman by Amethyst 72 Nothing but You by T C
Popping by Crystal Coburn 94 The Only Love That Never Hurts Me by Andrea 96 The Lido Deck by Laurence Anthony 106 Got Questions About ...
Chapter 2 Checkpoint chApTEr 3
Chapter 4 Checkpoint
save Your cHerrY or Banana 239 Introduction
The Hard Way by Shannon T Boodram 246 When These Clothes Come Off by Mia 249 Conversations from a Pressure Cooker by Katherine Kormos
Touching on Sex by Jigabod Walker 262 Near Miss by Danny Djeljosevic 268 Fresh Fruit by Desiree Dorite 271 Got Questions About Chapter
Chapter 5 Checkpoint
Ten Things I Wish Id Known Earlier 281 Contributor WrapUp Sixteen Things the Contributors Want You to Know
Check Yourself
Excellent Sex Ed Resources

HavenT Been QuITe rIgHT sInce THaT nIgHT 118 Introduction
Never Say Never by Olympia 127 It Stinks by Emma Johnson 135 It Rarely Is Nothing by Jaclyn Sanchez 142 Checkmate by Adam Smith 145 Sex ...
Chapter 3 Checkpoint chApTEr 4
wHen no loses all MeanIng 184 Introduction
Hotel Party by Lauren Matos 190 Why We Dont Tell by Stephanie Smith 201 Stolen Fruit by Jae 203 His Drip for a Teardrop by Sarah Lawless 212 ...
Answers to Chapter 3 Checkpoint
Meet the Editor
Meet the Contributors

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Shannon T. Boodram herself is a young adult. She is currently enrolled in the journalism program at Centennial College; the creator of, a sex educational website; and a columnist for Urbanology magazine, where she has hosted a relationship advice column and written features including the cover story. She has also contributed to Lover magazine. Boodram spoke as an expert panelist on the network Much Music for their Much Talks Teen Sex program. She has hosted her own sexual education podcast series through Imperial Music Studios and has been interviewed by the Toronto Star for their annual Women’s Health section.

Boodram has been interviewed by PMA productions to help with their research for their upcoming Lolita-inspired documentary. Through the non-profit program Literature for Life, Boodram taught a writing workshop that helped a group of young women relay their experiences in a compelling and concise fashion. She has also held numerous round-table seminars with groups of young people at various community centers, specialty groups and classrooms. Boodram is well known in the sexual education community in Toronto and is well-connected with other sexual educators. She runs two successful websites: and

Bibliographic information