MANILA – A first-time Filipina author bares her soul in a book that aims to raise awareness about sex, virginity, pregnancy and motherhood among teen girls.
Women’s rights advocate Pammy Godoy wrote “Sex, Virginity and Relationships: What I Wish I Knew In College,” which includes lessons from her own past, to serve as a starting point of reflection and conversation when it comes to sexuality-related concerns.
The book will be released at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo on December 31.
Its introductory text at the back reads: “Eighteen roses, 18 candles, Cotillon de honor. I have always dreamed of being a debutante, walking into an elegant ballroom wearing a beautiful gown and surrounded by my loved ones and friends. It was supposed to be my ‘coming out party.’ Instead, I was in hiding. I was six months pregnant at 18.”
Godoy is a graduate of University of the Philippines Los Baños and has a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She has taught Gender Studies and Women’s Studies at De La Salle University Manila and St. Scholastica’s College, respectively.
Since 2008, Godoy has been working with a United Nations agency addressing the issue of violence against women and children.