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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.
|Pt. I||Growing up|
|Ch. 1||The talk||3|
|Ch. 2||Strong girl, jelly woman||20|
|Ch. 3||"He told me not to tell"||40|
|Ch. 4||Pierced ears||50|
|Pt. II||Choosing a life|
|Ch. 5||Jelly woman to handsome princess||67|
|Ch. 6||This month's pills or this month's bills?||81|
|Ch. 7||Making family||96|
|Ch. 8||Choice as sacrifice, choice as freedom, or, how I became a perfect ten||116|
|Pt. III||Personally political|
|Ch. 9||Viagra yes, birth control no||131|
|Ch. 10||Rights v. access||142|
|Ch. 11||Whose conscience counts?||155|
|Ch. 12||Murder in the name of life||163|
|Pt. IV||Motherhood in freedom|
|Ch. 13||Calling ourselves free||185|
|Ch. 14||"We aren't the future, we're the present"||206|
|Ch. 15||Motherhood in freedom||222|
|Epilogue: Tell me your story||225|
Posted September 25, 2003
I loved that it was a fast but very thoughtful and heartfelt read. I felt that almost every woman would be able to connect with something in the book, because of the different stories and aspects Gloria discusses. I also think it a good read for fathers, it definately gives them a closer look into what might be going on with their daughters, wives, girlfriends or whoever. I've passed it on to many friends, not one of them have sent it back unread. I hope we see more books of this sort, so that people know that they were never alone...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2003
If anyone ever had a question about what Choice really means, reading this book will answer them. This is not a Pro Abortion book, more that that, it is about sexuality and reproductive freedom and Education. Along with personal stories from women young and old,there is intertwinded in this book, Gloria's life journey and the lessons she leaned,therefore becoming so passionate in her crusade to help women have all options available to them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.