This interview is part of the Women, Risk and Aids Project (1989-90)
archive which was created as part of the Reanimating Data Project
Original transcript of an interview with Danielle, who is training to be a social worker. Her parents aren't very supportive of this, but she would like to do something challenging and build her own career. She would like children when she's older, but not until she's financially secure. Danielle has a boyfriend at the moment, but she isn't sure how long it will last - he is in and out of jobs and plans on travelling soon, and she think she's too young to settle down. They had met through friends in the music scene. Danielle had an abortion after an unwanted pregnancy recently, and talks about the impact it had on her relationship at the time and on her exams. She had been especially worried about the financial implications of parenthood and the lack of local and state support. Danielle was using a contraceptive sponge, but is now using the pill. Her first sexual experience was at age ten and she describes it as very exploitative. She feels much more relaxed about sex now that she's older, and has some interesting discussion on gender, casual sex, pleasure, race and oral sex, and different taboos surrounding these. Sex education and AIDS education came from Danielle's mum, who works in the medical profession. Her mum has been very open with her from a young age, and Danielle is very confident in talking about her sexuality and sexual practices.