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Pregnant Bodies, Fertile Minds: Gender, Race, and the Schooling of Pregnant Teens
Focusing on fifty girls enrolled in a model public school program for pregnant teens, Luttrell explores how pregnant girls experience society's view of them and also considers how these girls view themselves and the choices they've made. Also includes an 8-page color insert.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 27th 2003 by Routledge
(first published April 25th 2003)
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I am glad that Wendy Luttrell wrote this book. I enjoyed 'listening' to the teen girls stories and enjoyed viewing their collages that represented themselves. However, being a black female, I didn't learn anything new about black teenage girls. However, I think it is a GREAT book for people who work in the field of Education and honestly don't understand a) the complex identity process that working class african american girls go through in America (let alone being pregnant) and b) how to be con ...more
May 02, 2010 Sam Grace rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in the experience of adolescent girls
I liked a LOT of this book. She manages to wholly escape the disturbing addiction to pathologizing pregnant teens, and makes no attempt to help the audience answer the question of "how it happened." Instead, she brings us closer to the lives of a number of young pregnant women - mostly Black women - in a high school where she did a program with them. She shares their artwork, their voices. She helps to unpack and explain what it really means to these young women to be mothers, to claim their (po ...more