Quietly [Kel] found a midwife-healer traveling with the progress and purchased the charm against pregnancy. It hung around her neck on a fine gold chain, tucked under her clothes. If she and Cleon got carried away without interruptions, she would be prepared.
As they rode north, the progress dictated their time alone. This meant that she and Cleon returned to kisses and an occasional embrace. Kel wore the charm anyway, as a declaration that she could decide some things for herself.
Tamora Pierce, Protector of the Small
can we just all take a moment to appreciate this:
this is really wonderfully cool not just because Pierce openly and unabashedly talks about birth control in a young adult novel written primarily for an audience of young women. Pierce also inserts a passage in which her character starts to come to terms with her own sexual agency, and the birth control is important for her not really because of its instrumental role—Cleon’s basically out of the picture after Squire and not once in the four books does Kel actually get past kissing someone—but because it’s a sign of her power over her body and her choices.
like wow, Tamora