Before you assume someone has no knowledge of the 1960s, you should ask them “Do you have writing and reading and knowledge of the 1960s?” Right now in 2020, my focus is on right now. Hell, it took the ’90s for people to really acknowledge HIV/AIDS altogether. It wasn’t until 1982 that public health officials began to use the term “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.” My focus is on examining the legal system now — it is exactly why I put a college president on the spot about why one particular school would rather have health courses on diabetes instead of safe sex.

White women, black women, Asian woman, Latina women get pregnant. This is one of those moments where I’m solely focused on women, not men. I understand that there are men who make most of these rules. But I’m also looking at life after the 1960s to see what people changed those rules to present day. If you live in the past, you’ll never figure out the future.

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