Courtesy of Dissent Anthology Romance novelists are a charitable group: Authors often band together and publish short story anthologies to benefit various causes. So when the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade in June and ended decades of the constitutional right to abortion, romance writers immediately rallied in online communities. All proceeds from the sale of Dissent Anthology benefit Planned Parenthood, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. A few organizers—including Nicole French and Texas-based Lyra Parish—threw together a sign-up sheet to solicit volunteers to write an anthology for reproductive rights. They received more than 200 responses within 24 hours, French said. And, within months, the Dissent Anthology of 150 new stories was published. The collection is available as an e-book or a three-volume paperback set for a limited time, to encourage readers to donate sooner rather than later. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, and the Center for Reproductive Rights. The structures of many romance stories are designed to give agency to women, said French, a Seattle-based writer. In her view, romances generally offer characters a set of choices: “The choice to find your partner, to choose who they are, to have a happy ending, and to do with your body what you want.” For these authors, it's only logical to want the same choices in real life. Dissent contains a huge range of themes and writing styles. Readers who aren't sure what to expect should […]
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