Welcome to the End Chapters!
Isn't it wonderful to be here.
For me, at least, the ending wasn't a shock. Of course there was going to be a raid. It wouldn't be such a tense book if the police never got involved.
Some of the more interesting questions that developed for me were the following:
I had my consciousness raised, if I could use such a dated term. But part of the reason that is, is because I grew up in a world that is, in some ways, still trying to fight the 60's/70's. I was trying to find a dead link about a school that I am an "honorary" student at, which never offered Plan B, Birth Control Pills, WomenCare of Any sort, free condoms, or any sort of the kind of care that came of the 60's and early 70's (the story was written in New Voices, and the article was called Looking for Plan B).
However, that fact remains true not only in this school (which happens to be in midtown Manhattan) but in all parts of the country. One of the facts mentioned in early in the book included how prescription for early forms of the pill was at doctor discretion. I want to ask, how much has that changed? All things considered? Is there still a need for a group like Jane, to serve the same sorts of populations? Teenagers, the poor.
Secondly- education. Do you think that today we are failing or succeeding at educating the same way they did?
Thirdly- One of the main issues discussed in the book, beyond feminism, was power dynamics- and how groups deal with power dynamics. One of the large questions to be asked: Without Roe, would the group have fallen apart because of their inability to talk to each other? They were supposed to be an open, equal power group, yet they still had hierarchy. Does hierarchy always exist? Should it? Will it always come into play? Did it come into play here in a smart fashion? Especially since I would classify this group as passive aggressive because of the amount of avoidance of talking about the issues facing JANE, plus firing and the leaving of group members. Or did the radicalism also drive people apart?
After reading this book, how do you feel about feminism, particularly second wave feminism, being a white/non-white straight/queer, middle-class/ poor speration. do those critiques hold? Who does feminism belong to? Especially as time goes on, where more middle/upper class white women, who would be the prototypical NOW woman, who could go to NY, while the average JANE user was lower class and Black- where does feminism and feminism fit into these women's lives? Is it all theory imposed top down as it seemed in the beginning in the book? Did feminism for these women change as time progressed?
Where do we stand now on abortion, on sex ed, on all the things JANE stood for, all this time later? For the female/women identifying people in this class- how hindered do you feel to reprodcutive freedom?
Further thoughts- do you think the dynamics of Madonna/Whore have changed? Or the understandings of the ramifications of Sex?
Where do you want to place Sex in our culture today as compared to them- especially in light of newer media and easier access to sexual imagery. How has that changed feminism?