chapter  7
28 Pages

The Population Bomb and the Sexual Revolution: Toward Choice

In 1957 when Sally Brown and Brenda Johnson (the two teenagers whose case histories were presented in the Introduction) got pregnant, the repercussions for both girls were humiliating and coercive. Parents, service providers, policy makers, and punitive public attitudes about female nonmarital sexuality and maternity structured what happened to both girls and their babies. Neither the black teenager nor the white had access to options beyond the scenarios prepared for them.