Disclaimer. This is Mature content for Mature eyes. If you are below the age of eighteen (18), Drawn To Sex: The Basics may not be the best review for you to read. It mentions; sex, sexual intercourse, and multiple ways to have safe sex. If that makes you wince or you don’t want to read about it, read our next Oni Press review and not this one!


When you hear the word sex… or even sexual intercourse, people may cringe. Just because it’s an awkward conversation to have with anyone, even a therapist you know won’t judge you. However, the conversation about safe sex and sexual health is extremely important in today’s day and age. Not many people are aware of safe sex practices, safe sex questions to ask your doctor, or even how to have actual sex. (It’s not like porn!)

The Introduction To Drawn To Sex: The Basics

That is where Oni Press’ Drawn To Sex: The Basics by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan (wife and husband!) comes in. We were fortunate enough to get an advanced look at the graphic interactive novel. We learned many things along the way, and, honestly, it was very exciting to read a graphic novel supporting the concept of safe sex and sexual health.

Chapter by chapter they (Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan) will talk about: Sex The Concept, Doin’ It Safely, Doin’ It With Yourself, and Doin’ It With Other People. Under these chapters, Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan go into depth about the subsections of it main concept (with pictures!) In the introduction of the novel, they give a rundown of sex.

Drawn To Sex: The Basics
Drawn To Sex: The Basics; PG. 10 | Oni Press, 2018

What is it? How do you do it? And, above all else, how do you know when you want to have it? No matter how you think about intercourse, it is sex. Even if you have it backdoor. It’s sex. But, before you do all of that, gain some knowledge about sex. What does safe sex entail? And, how can you have it? It’s as easy as knowing about STI’s, contraception, unplanned pregnancies, and do you and the person you want to have sex with click on what you want to try, experiment with, and do in the bedroom?

So, ask yourself the important question: “Am I Ready For Sex?” If you need help you can head to, scarleteen.com and plannedparenthood.org – they will help you answer that question and find out what’s best for you.

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Most Importantly, Don’t Feel Pressured

What Drawn To Sex: The Basics does very well is make sure to assure you that it’s okay if you don’t want to have sex. You don’t have to do it. You can experiment if you want, but sex isn’t for everyone. Do what feels right for you and if it doesn’t, take a break and ask yourself if you want to do it.

Don’t feel pressured to do it because of what your friends or friends of friends are doing. You have a lifetime to try new things, have sex, and find what you like. No first time is going to be perfect, you have a lot of terrible interactions with sex. But, don’t let that stop you!

What Did You Say About Consent?

In 2018, the topic of consent is extremely important. If you are unaware of what consent is, let’s explain: consent is when both parties agree upon the act being taken. That could be; kissing, making out, sexual intercourse, holding hands, or even just hugging someone. Consent is important because if one party doesn’t say ‘yes’ and you force them to do it anyway, that’s not a very nice way to have sex, is it? Both parties aren’t having a good time.

Drawn To Sex: The Basics
Drawn To Sex: The Basics | Oni Press, 2018

Consent is not a maybe, an ‘I guess,’ or a mediocre response. With consent, the person should be happy and giddy to want to have sex, hold hands, kiss, or even make out with someone. The absence of ‘no,’ the other party being unconscious, or intoxicated, and badgering the other party to have sex is a huge no. That is not consent, always remember; both of you should be excited to take on this new adventure, this counts for one-night stands, too!

To tie up consent, Moen and Nolan want everyone to know, boundaries are important. If someone pushes on your head when you are giving them oral, say no or stop. It is okay to say no, we all know it sucks, but it is okay to say no. And, the other party should respect that. What felt okay five minutes ago, might not feel okay ten minutes after and it’s okay to stop. Always speak your mind, if you’re uncomfortable, say something!

The Concept & Art Of Drawn To Sex: The Basics

What this graphic novel does correctly are the images, alongside many other concepts. The images are informal, show you exactly what they are talking about, and give you an idea of how it is supposed to be and look.

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Mid-way in my twenties, it would have been wonderful to have a book like this in the early 00s. This book is friendly, interactive, and so much fun. I learned a ton of new things about sexual health, and the different kinds of sex you can have (and, the right way to have them!) 

Drawn To Sex: The Basics
Drawn To Sex: The Basics | Oni Press, 2018

If you are at the age where you want to have sex or you’ve been thinking about having it, pick up Drawn To Sex: The Basics. It is the perfect companion to answer all of the questions you could possibly have about the concept of sex. If you have any burning questions, open up this book.

It can be any page and it will give you insight on whatever you need to know about sexual health. Even if you know about sex and have it regularly (nothing wrong with it!) open up this book. You may learn something new that you didn’t know about before. 


This wonderful interactive book is out November 6th, 2018. If you want to be informed about sex, please grab this book it’s absolutely fantastic. Oni Press has been supporting and coming out with wonderful comics under their publishing name and this is just another one that adds to their outstanding roster.

If you want to learn about sex, pick up Drawn To Sex: The Basics by @erikamoen and @plustenstrength. It teaches all of the tips and tricks you need to know about #safesex, #consent, oral, and so much more.

You can find Oni Press on Twitter, of course, and us there too. You can also find more of Moen and Nolan at ohjoysextoy.com.

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DRAWN TO SEX: THE BASICS BY ERIKA MOEN AND MATTHEW NOLAN
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If you want to learn about sex, pick up Drawn To Sex: The Basics. It teaches all of the tips and tricks you need to know about safe sex, consent, oral, and so much more. If you want to know more about the basics of sex, pick up this interactive graphic novel.
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