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“Let’s Hear it for the Hillbillies”, Louisville Courier-Journal (Op-Ed May 28, 2017.) An upbeat answer to the inaccurate depictions of Appalachians in current non-fiction.

Talking Back to Sexual Pressure book cover

e-Book © 2013 3rd edition

PREVIOUS WINNER of the Midwest Independent Publisher’s Association AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE, BEST- SELF-HELP BOOK OF THE YEAR Using everyday language, Talking Back to Sexual Pressure provides:

  • Specific verbal skills showing how to assert and protect your 15 sexual rights.
  • Options for readers to explain sexual limits and respond to harassment.
  • Exercises for helping readers examine thinking patterns that may make them sexually vulnerable, and how to replace that with healthy self-talk.
  • Changes that men can make to prevent sexual exploitation.
  • Information on how to recognize potential abusers such as acquaintance rapists and unethical “helping” professionals.
  • Clarification about the effects of alcohol and other risk-triggers on sexual behavior.
  • Reminders to protect sexual privacy in cyberspace.
  • Methods of responding to dysfunctional messages in the media.
  • Lists of helpful resources for all of the above sexual concerns.

Purchase at or, where you can easily download a free “reader” onto your PC, Mac, smartphone, ipad, or other hand-held device before you buy an e-Book. You do not need a Kindle or a Nook . Sample Excerpt from Chapter 2. This is the first of 15 sexual rights:

1. A person has a right to refuse any type of sexual contact at any time or place, regardless of how aroused the partners might be. There is no such thing as being so aroused that you “owe” anything to your partner. If you are stark naked and change your mind, you still have a right to do so. Now, if you take off your clothes and change your mind on numerous occasions, you still have a right to do this, but there is an element of game‑playing—and probably anger and manipulation—in it. If you continually confuse a partner who has poor controls, it can result in frustration and anger that might put you at risk. Your body is still yours, though, and you are the only one who can make decisions about it.

Going out with someone, buying dinner or doing other favors does not confer sexual rights to one person over another. This kind of misunderstanding, though, might be one good reason for women to consider paying their own way or making the extent of their sexual availability clear before accepting gifts or favors. Unfortunately, some people feel they deserve something sexual for their money.


Sex on Your Terms (Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1996). The 2nd Edition of Talking Back to Sexual Pressure, retitled by Allyn & Bacon.

“Personal Barriers to Academic Success,” Journal of the Association for the Improvement of Community College Teaching, v. 16, (1995).

“I Thought You Didn’t Mind,” Transforming a Rape Culture, Ed. Emilie Buchwald et al, (Minneapolis: Milkweed Publications, 1995).

“The Luck of the Draw,” Journal of the Association on Higher Education and Disability, v. 18, (1994).

“Avoiding Date Rape”, (CompCare, 1993),Video training in sexual assertiveness skills for men and women. E. Powell, script writer and director.

Talking Back to Sexual Pressure, training practice workbook, (Minneapolis: CompCare, 1993.)

Talking Back to Sexual Pressure (Minneapolis: Compcare, 1992), 1st Edition.

Video Review, “Balanced Living,” Addiction and Recovery, arch/April 1992.

“The Professor Wears a Turquoise Dress,” op ed, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 1991.

© 2016 Elizabeth Powell, M.S., M.A. All rights reserved