I KNOW WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU: STORIES ON REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

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Edited by Shelly Oria—author and editor of Indelible in the Hippocampus—this explosive, intersectional collection of essays, fiction, poems, plays, and more, explores the universality of human reproductive experiences, as well as their distinct individuality.

Twenty-eight contributors examine issues both timely and, somehow, timeless: policing of women’s bodies, the choice to live child-free lives, the lack of access to reproductive health, the misogyny, racism, and other forms of bigotry inherent in the medical system, and the fear of what the future might hold.

A naval officer must choose between her military career and keeping an unexpected pregnancy. A mother of three decides to become a surrogate, but is unprepared for everything that happens next. A trans man’s pregnancy forces them to approach their key relationships in a new way. A woman’s choice to live a child-free life is put to the test when her husband’s dying wish is for them to become parents. Forced sterilization camps line the borders of America in a dystopian future that may not be far off.

In their own unique and unforgettable way, each storyteller examines our crisis of access to care in ways that are at turns haunting, heartbreaking, and outright funny.

I Know What’s Best for You is a collaboration with the Brigid Alliance, a nationwide service that arranges and funds confidential and personal travel support to those seeking abortion care.

Featuring, in Order of Appearance:
Desiree Cooper
Alison Espach
Kim Gek Lin Short
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
Kate Tarker
R.O. Kwon
Onnesha Roychoudhuri
Ama Codjoe
Riva Lehrer
Georgina Escobar
Carrie Bornstein
Tommy Orange
Yael R. Shinar
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Hannah Lillith Assadi
Khadijah Queen
Kristen Arnett
Sally Wen Mao
Mary Jo Bang
Erin Williams with Kate Novotny
Deb Olin Unferth
Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Cade Leebron
Tiphanie Yanique
Deborah Landau
Sarah Gerard
Kirstin Valdez Quade
and Shelly Oria

Praise for I Know What’s Best for You

“Reproductive freedom is a terrain vastly underexplored in contemporary literature, an exclusion we can’t help but understand as deliberate, given its essential relevance for every single human’s life. That we have so few collections of writing on the subject is itself an instance of oppression: our experiences have been controlled, and then our stories about our experiences have been controlled and left out. This book does the critical, groundbreaking work of bringing so many disparate visions of reproductive freedom together that you actually begin to see what it is: a struggle for autonomy that reaches far beyond the decision to have or not have children, to parent them in some ways or others, to claim sexual pleasure without shame. To let embodiment and family be about love and safety, rather than fear and broken connections. You can’t get at these truths through fiction or essay alone; reproductive freedom is a multi-genre topic if ever there was one. Here are many powerful voices grappling with a powerful matter, and getting somewhere, with humor, wisdom, anger, and so much vital honesty. We could not need this book more right now, and many more modeled after it.”
Merritt Tierce, author of Love Me Back

“This book is for anyone whose body has been distrusted, coerced, policed, or violated; and for everyone who cares about the grave threats to bodily autonomy in the twenty-first century. The writers in this collection approach reproductive justice from a range of identities, beliefs, and experiences, and what emerges is a thrillingly personal and political response to the emergency we’re in.”
Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks

“An urgent, vital collection of essays and fiction, by turns frank and fierce, beautiful and brave. Such voices and stories are too often silenced or unspoken; it’s a gift to hear them now, and a duty to listen.”
Peter Ho Davies, author of A Lie Someone Told You About Yourself