6 books that changed how we think about sex

magic between the pages

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Think sex and books have nothing in common? We beg to differ—from personal experience. While there are few things as effective for learning about sex as, well, having it, the written word is a close runner-up. There are certain books that we credit with opening our minds to all sorts of things of the "how to" variety, but also the deeper, more abstract emotional aspects of sex. From how our gender identities play into our sex lives to the politics of sex in our current world, our favorite sex books really go there, and subsequently allow us to go there, too. 

Click through the gallery for our favorite sex-related reads, and let us know what your picks are.