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By Gloria Feldt

Behind each selection Is a Story is a poignant mix of non-public tales, observation, and memoir that chronicles the life-changing reproductive offerings that ladies, 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 circulate, culminating in her present status as the most influential voices within the reproductive freedom movement.

The booklet used to be encouraged via the 1928 Motherhood in Bondage, a set of letters written through girls to Margaret Sanger, the founding father of deliberate Parenthood. Publishing those letters from ladies in determined conditions helped to equate the concept 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 a lot of those self same concerns and values and advances a brand new time table for the twenty-first century. It sounds a clarion name by means 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 reviews and offers a clean new framework to appreciate the present political and social panorama. even supposing the first viewers for this booklet is ladies who help reproductive freedom, a large viewers together with males and youths will locate their stories one of the compelling tales. it is going to additionally entice those people who are intrigued by means of the original viewpoint the ebook offers to the real-life effect of reproductive choices.

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So when her own sons became teens, her concerns for them were strong. She vowed to break the cycle: We started discussing sex and STD’s around the dinner table and just in general. The boys had a lot of questions, and I gave them the answers. On the one hand, they had information brought to them, verbally, and more pamphlets than they could 16 • Growing up ask for. 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.

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. To save face for everyone, I felt I had to swallow my own fear and shame and tell my family I was married rather than to admit that I was just another frightened, pregnant fifteen-year-old and desperately needed their help.

Well I did talk to them and I told them I was gay and that I had a girlfriend and now my dad thinks it’s a big joke and he laughs about it all the time . . it hurts. —Sandy, age sixteen I am on this endless path to finding who I am, what I am, who or what I can be, in life if I let my feelings go to my so-called “friends” of mine would they shy away? I bet they’d give me the silent treatment that can kill a person from the inside out so I guess I’ll just sit here in doubt I guess I’m just scared of me —Colleen, age fifteen And parents are scared too, of saying too little or too much, or sending the wrong messages.

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