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By Gloria Feldt

Behind each selection Is a Story is a poignant mix of private tales, remark, and memoir that chronicles the life-changing reproductive offerings that girls, males, and teenagers make on a daily basis. The booklet additionally lines Gloria Feldt’s own trip from the dusty oil fields of West Texas to changing into a Head commence instructor and activist within the civil rights and women’s stream, culminating in her present status as some of the most influential voices within the reproductive freedom movement.

The e-book was once encouraged through the 1928 Motherhood in Bondage, a suite of letters written via girls to Margaret Sanger, the founding father of deliberate Parenthood. Publishing those letters from girls in determined situations helped to equate the idea that of contraception with better values of sought after kids, fit moms, loving undefined, self cognizance, and feminine emancipation. Behind each selection Is a Story addresses lots of those self same matters and values and advances a brand new schedule for the twenty-first century. It sounds a clarion name by way of highlighting the significance of storytelling as a cultural strength in encouraging change.

Feldt acknowledges and values women’s tales for his or her own, social, and political value. The e-book uniquely positions present problems with reproductive freedom within the context of daily reports and offers a clean new framework to appreciate the present political and social panorama. even though the first viewers for this publication is girls who help reproductive freedom, a large viewers together with males and youths will locate their reviews one of the compelling tales. it is going to additionally attract those who find themselves intrigued by way of the original viewpoint the booklet offers to the real-life effect of reproductive choices.

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My boyfriend and I love each other very much and we knew we were ready for sex. The only thing that was holding me back for a while was the fear of getting an STI [sexually transmitted infection] or becoming pregnant. I know a lot of people say to talk to your mom, she’s been there and all that, but realistically, not everyone’s mom is willing to discuss that, much less know her baby girl is having sex. And my mom is one of those people. Without access to contraceptives, I might be another teenage statistic.

On the other hand, they were not given the option of having sex at a young age (under eighteen, wishful thinking), much less unprotected sex. We freely discussed condoms and abstinence. My oldest son started having sex at the age of sixteen, my second son at age seventeen, and my youngest at eighteen. To this day, condoms are still being used; the talks about safe sex, abstinence, and other methods of birth control continue. Nine months ago, my granddaughter was born. Her father is twenty-seven and she was a planned child.

Not to decide is to decide. I know that now. But to the jelly woman me then, it felt as if gradually, inevitably, I was being drawn into a gently undulating tide pool from which I could never again extricate myself. I was engaged in a grown-up charade that became real life. That fall, just after I had sewn my blue corduroy cheerleader skirt, my nineteen-year-old boyfriend and I announced to my parents that I was married, pregnant, and moving to Odessa. The silence around sex had come to its inevitable, crashing, conclusion.

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