Megan: Oh my gosh. Savonl did not have an abortion because of “the money.” That is devastating.
Chanel: According to the National Network of Abortion Funds, there are some resources: Georgia Reproductive Justice Access Network (GRJAN), Women in Need Fund, and the Atlanta Pro-Choice Action Committee.
Oh, there’s some nuance around abortion in this episode. Savon had thought of abortion herself, but when Eli told her to get one, she thought, ‘You can’t tell me what to do.”
Also, this is a sweeping generalization, but online high school doesn’t seem like it works on this show.
M: I think no school post baby seems to work, no matter if it’s in person or online? I would guess it’s not the method, but rather the time commitment and energy it takes to parent taking priority.
C: Um, did Savon just say she’s looking for a job that’s relaxing?
M: That stopped me too! I just think about how she is trying to get a job but no one is helping her to interview, etc.
C: I totally get where she’s coming from, re: being scared of sex because of pregnancy. I’ve never been pregnant, that I know of, but I totally get the idea of being pregnant terrifying you to the point where you would not want to do the thing that leads you back to the thing you don’t want.
M: Me too. But I also hear people all the time who are getting abortions say, “I am never having sex again.” And while they mean it, I also worry that that means they won’t have a plan for how to protect themselves in the future.
C: Talk to me about why yellow is not the right color for a boy, Savon’s aunt.
M: The pooping talk in this episode combined with the poop shot in the last episode is really effective birth control for me.
C: I’m totally not a fan of Mauwi telling Savon to take care of her son. It’s okay for her to want to have a relationship and be a mother.
M: I agree with you that she could want more. I think she is just overwhelmed.
C: I also feel like you can’t underestimate the loneliness one might feel having a baby in high school. I like that Savon’s aunt is urging her to talk about her feelings, and she’s telling her that things happen in life that aren’t what you planned. She’s not shaming her. (How low has my bar gotten that not shaming is worth a gold star?)
M: Mauwi is so good with her too. He says, “If you really want to [go to college] you can make it happen. You’re not even 20 yet. You still got more than enough time to make things happen.” It’s clear that he is supportive of her and cares about her.
I wonder if she is depressed? Shutting people out and breaking off relationships could also be a symptom of this. She says, “I don’t feel anything.” She even seems so matter-of-fact in her closing statement.
C: Oh gd, they’re getting swarmed by geese. RUN.
C: Are we ending this recap with a side eye towards geese?
M: I do what I want. I guess you’re right though that we should end by sending love to Savon and Jordan and babies! I also want to hear Savon sing.