Behind Every Choice Is a Story

Behind Every Choice Is a Story

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by Gloria Feldt, Carol Trickett Jennings
     
 


Behind Every Choice Is a Story is a poignant blend of personal stories, commentary, and memoir that chronicles the life-changing reproductive choices that women, men, and teens make every day. The book also traces Gloria Feldt’s personal journey from the dusty oil fields of West Texas to becoming a Head Start teacher and activist in the civil rights…  See more details below

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Behind Every Choice Is a Story is a poignant blend of personal stories, commentary, and memoir that chronicles the life-changing reproductive choices that women, men, and teens make every day. The book also traces Gloria Feldt’s personal journey from the dusty oil fields of West Texas to becoming a Head Start teacher and activist in the civil rights and women’s movement, culminating in her current standing as one of the most influential voices in the reproductive freedom movement.

The book was inspired by the 1928 Motherhood in Bondage, a collection of letters written by women to Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. Publishing these letters from women in desperate circumstances helped to equate the concept of birth control with higher values of wanted children, healthy mothers, loving couples, self realization, and female emancipation. Behind Every Choice Is a Story addresses many of those same issues and values and advances a new agenda for the twenty-first century. It sounds a clarion call by highlighting the importance of storytelling as a cultural force in encouraging change.

Feldt recognizes and values women’s stories for their personal, social, and political importance. The book uniquely positions current issues of reproductive freedom in the context of everyday experiences and provides a refreshing new framework to understand the current political and social landscape. Although the primary audience for this book is women who support reproductive freedom, a wide audience including men and teens will find their experiences among the compelling stories. It will also appeal to those who are intrigued by the unique perspective the book gives to the real-life impact of reproductive choices.

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VOYA
The president of Planned Parenthood, Feldt takes the power of women's firsthand stories about their sexuality and their choices, mixes them with the history of reproductive rights in the United States, and tempers them with the relentless political tug-of-war that is very much shaping the future of women's right to choose, not just in America but also globally. The time line she carefully lays out, from Margaret Sanger's arrest to President Bush's global gag rule on international family planning programs, covers the triumphs, setbacks, and need for continued proactive support for planning choices and sex education. Her forthright condemnation of the domestic terrorism that resulted in the murders of Planned Parenthood staff members and the bombings of clinics is a chilling reminder of the great national divide over this issue. Feldt repeatedly states that "reproductive rights" is not a euphemism for abortion. She emphasizes that abortion, one important component in the whole spectrum of family planning and contraceptive methods (which, yes, includes abstinence), is now being used as an excuse to attack all methods of planning. Backed by sobering statistics, Feldt presents a compelling argument for applying continued pressure on politicians to halt the erosion of progress made over the last century. Although Feldt's presentation is gripping, the individual stories will grab the attention of young women who are making decisions about their sexuality. The storytellers are a wonderful mix of young and old, those with children and those who are childless, those who planned in advance and those who found themselves in crisis. Sure to anger readers who believe abstinence is the only choice forteenagers, this work is highly recommended. Index. Charts. Biblio. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, University of North Texas Press, 242p, Andersen

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574411584
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author


Gloria Feldt, former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, served the organization for almost thirty years. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers, awarded by Vanity Fair in 1998. Born in Temple, Texas, she now lives in New York City with her husband, Alex Barbanell. Their leisure time is spent primarily with their combined family of six children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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