This satirical YA novel imagines a world in which a virus has made everyone over the age of 18 infertile. As a result, teenagers are responsible for all reproduction that occurs, and it’s become quite the booming business—parents pay teens to carry and give birth to their children. But Harmony, a member of a religious community, is convinced that “pregging for profit” is a sin and makes it her mission to convince her twin sister, Melody, to abandon her pregnancy contract. It’s a book that, at the end of the day, is about selling sex and reproduction.
The Stud Book
Sarah has been studying the behavior of animals for years, but her view turns to humans when she discovers she can’t have kids. Her three friends Georgie, Nyla, and Dulcet are struggling with their own facets of sex, family, and motherhood. It’s a beautifully written novel that delves into who we are as women and what having children (or not having them) means to us and to society.
You’ve probably read The Handmaid’s Tale, and you may have watched the Hulu show that’s earning rave reviews. The book and the Hulu TV show are set in an eerily prescient near future in which women have no control over their own lives and are subjugated under the men they serve. They’re used as reproductive vessels and have almost no rights.
In today’s world, it seems as though women’s reproductive rights are being curtailed daily, which makes Margaret Atwood’s vision for the future all the more disturbing. If you’ve watched the show and are interested in exploring more about reproductive rights, these books—fiction and nonfiction, across genres, encompassing all kinds of subjects, from adoption to infertility—should give you a good place to start.
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