When a mummy and a daddy love each other very much…
Screw ‘the birds and the bees.’ Ain’t nobody got time for lady gardens and watering cans. This 1970s children’s book dives straight into the ins and outs (hah!) of sex, with barely a metaphor in sight.
How a Baby is Made by Per Holm Knudson was written in 1975 and offers a refreshingly honest (if a little bit creepy) approach to sex education.
It starts off pretty much how you’d expect- “Here are the baby’s mother and father,” it says. “They love each other very much. They have helped each other to have the baby.”
Aside from mum’s disturbingly juvenile pigtails, it’s sweet. They’re linking arms, while looking at each other lovingly and smiling.
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Anatomical drawings. Good. Fine. Necessary. But if you’re going to the trouble of sketching a little, blonde seventies bush why on EARTH do these people not have noses?
Things escalate pretty quickly from here- evidently ma and pa are not so into the fore-play- and now we are also blessed with internal diagrams. Also, can we please talk about this interesting open-mouth kissing while staring into each other’s eyes? I’m pretty sure that’d soon make you cross-eyed.
“The father’s testicles are filled with sperm cells. When he makes love these come out the tip of his penis. The move through the mother’s vagina into a hollow space in the mother’s abdomen called the uterus or womb. Sometimes there is a tiny egg inside the mother and the sperm cell joins it.”