Meghan Phillips’ “Abstinence Only” is a flash-length collection of “bad sex education stories” set in a high school where anything but actual sex ed is taught. In this more than slightly tilted world, all female students are issued chastity belts and forced to wear fake pregnancy bellies, students are given “V-cards” that they must protect at all costs, and teachers and administrators take stranger and stranger measures, like using logic puzzles to assign punishments for sexual impropriety.
These stories highlight Phillips’ incredible talents as a writer of flash fiction. She cuts to the heart of the thing and lays bare something about the world and the strange experience of living in it without so much shining a spotlight as burning a quick, weird flare off to the side.
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