Y’all asked for more rants, and boy do we have some for you this week! Alabama passed a terrible law, Georgia and Ohio are right there with them, and other states are following suit. Jen and Sarah are talking bodily autonomy — contraception, pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, hysterectomy and abortion and how they exist in romance novels. Get your pens ready — we’ve got a library full of books to talk about.
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- That Victoria Dahl tweet about hysteria.
- More about the forced birth laws sweeping through several states, and where you can donate your money if you're so inclined.
- How transgender and gender nonconforming people might be especially endangered from this recent spate of laws.
- Sarah's twitter thread asking about romances with abortion.
- Fanny Hill and some of the illustrations.
- Tinctures, tonics, and teas.
- The portrayal of abortion in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
- The perils of abstinence-only education.
- Romance is a powerful tool for sex-education, but not all authors view it as a responsibility.
- Romance euphamisms FTW.
- Screenshots from the scene Sarah referenced in Jane Feather's Vixen.
- All about the efficacy of birth control.
- French Letters had to soak for two hours (at least)...oh! And we forgot the best (ACTUAL WORST) part: They were reusable. --scream emoji--
- Sarah says we should all watch the TV show Harlots, and not just because it shows French letters.
- "220/221 whatever it takes," is a quote from Mr. Mom. Actually, we talked about a lot of 80s movies on today's episode, including The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally. But we didn't mention Dirty Dancing which has a botched back alley abortion. We meant to...but this is what happens when you don't take good notes before you rant.
- This 2011 paper about condoms and birth control in romance is VERY INTERESTING.
- A link to the Twitter conversation about PrEP.
- Pulling out is weirdly more effective than you'd think for preventing pregnancy, but not at all effective for preventing STIs.
- All about Plan B.
- The Pop Culture Library at Bowling Green University is a place both Jen and Sarah would like to visit. Librarian Steve Ammidown is the 2019 RWA Librarian of the Year.
- Kelly Faircloth writes great articles about romance for Jezebel.
- Endometriosis deserves more attention than it gets.
- What it means to be "childless by choice."
- Jen's post about miscarriage in romance, and some statistics about how often miscarriages happen.
- 25% of American women have had an abortion.
- Sweet Liar is the only romance that Sarah can think of that references a vasectomy--please tell us if you've got other examples?
- The Jezebel article wondering how many more abortion stories we have to share.
- If you're on FB, check out Sarah's OSRBC (Old School Romance Book club).