She finally relented to having sex with her boyfriend after months of verbal insistence (pangungulit) and emotional blackmail (e.g. if you really love me, you should give yourself to me). They did not use condom. Her boyfriend said that if she gets pregnant, he will take responsibility for her and their baby (pananagutan kita).
In the August 29 panel discussion on “How Do We Write Sex Today?” at the second Philippine Literary Festival, someone asked how come there’s no male author in the panel. I shared that it would be interesting to hear stories
If they feel they have no other options, they may think that they have nothing to lose and possibly a few things to again – a baby, a relationship, a status. We really need to address the inter-locking factors that conspire against teen girls and increase the likelihood that they will experience motherhood in childhood.