Tara’s World: Welcome to Adolescence

At dinner the other night Tara asked, “Is a fetus a male thing?”

Her older sister laughed so hard she nearly choked on her pasta while I replied, “A fetus is an unborn baby.”

“Oh.  Well, fetus and penis shouldn’t sound so much the same because they’re confusing me.”

Tara’s not the only one that’s confused.  On March 8, International Women’s Day, Congress celebrated by taking up another bill that would further restrict women’s reproductive freedom.  I suggest taking the time to sit with our daughters at the dinner table, clear up any confusion and discuss what’s at stake.

(For more information, see Laura Bassett’s article in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/08/international-womens-day-congress-abortion_n_1332143.html)

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About HomenDunRoamin

Teaching Artist & Writer: fiction, poetry & nonfiction. Recently completed work: a hybrid memoir. In progress: a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country on the brink of war. The book examines violent and nonviolent resistance and the choices women are forced to make to survive.
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