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Holiday Reading List!

Book Review

Looking for something to sitting down with a good book and a cup of tea during holiday break? We recommend these two recently published books and look forward to reading the third when it’s released this coming February.


The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution 

A former Wall Street Journal reporter, Jonathan Eig narrates a history of how “The Pill” was developed, researched, funded, and ultimately approved for market. It’s part science history, part feminist history, part Planned Parenthood history. Here’s what the New York Times had to say about the book. 

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

A longtime columnist at The Nation, Katha Pollitt offers a powerful argument for abortion as a moral right and social good.  She explains why abortion stigma is damaging and how stigma has led to an erosion of reproductive rights designed to end abortion outright.  You can read the New York Times review

And coming in February …

I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet

The senior writer and editor in Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Communications Division, Leora Tanenbaum, has updated her classic gender/women’s studies text Slut! for a new book that will be published this February. She explores how and why girls and women ages 14-22 label each other “sluts” and “hos” in social media as well as in face-to-face encounters.  The book shows how young women are caught in conflict of mixed sexual messages — they are expected to be sexy but not slutty — and that slut-shaming leads to a host of negative health consequences.  Here’s an advanced review

In the holiday reading spirit,
Ana at PPAC

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