Whatever Happened To… Shelby Knox?

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The Education of Shelby Knox - Shelby Knox and parentsRemember Shelby Knox, the subject of our 2005 film, The Education of Shelby Knox? Shelby was a feisty teenager from Lubbock, Texas that filmmakers Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt followed in their amazing documentary. The self-described “good Southern Baptist girl” who had pledged abstinence before marriage became an unlikely advocate for comprehensive sex education when she discovered that her town had some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in the state.
These days, Shelby writes for the Huffington Post and is very active in the young feminist community in New York City. According to the Huff Post, she is working on a book about the fourth wave of feminism and “plotting the revolution via Twitter, at @ShelbyKnox.”

We follow Shelby’s Twitter feed, and came across a blog post she wrote yesterday on the occasion of her 24th birthday, reflecting on the evolution of her activism and feminism over the nine years since she started calling herself a feminist, at the age of 15. Here’s an excerpt from her post, entitled “Musings of an Aging (Young) Feminist.”

Today is my 24th birthday. I read a quote recently by Imelda Marcos that really resonated: “My dreams have become puny compared to the reality my life has become.” The ten year old me or the fourteen year old me or even the sixteen year old me could never have imagined that a movie bearing my name would premiere at Sundance when I was eighteen and change the trajectory of my entire life. I certainly wouldn’t have predicted that this birthday would mark nine years in the feminist movement, more than a third of my lifetime, or that today I would be participating in the second photo shoot in two months for another mainstream women’s magazine feature on the leaders of the next generation of feminism.

Read the rest of the post at Shelby’s blog, the Ms. Education of Shelby Knox.

  • http://www.mediaandmayhem.com Steve Gorelick

    FOREIGNID: 27271
    I am so glad you posted this.
    Once you see that remarkable film, it’s impossible to forget the courage of a young woman who transcends her time and place — at no small personal cost — to take a stand for a free and open discussion of reproductive health.
    And her parents are postively unforgettable, delivering a lesson that, as a parent, I have never forgotten: You may have mixed feelings about the attitudes and behavior of your kids, but they are your kids. Shelby’s Mom and Dad support her even when she asks them to swallow ideas well beyond the values with which they are comfortable.
    This love and support of their daughter, regardless of their sincere doubts, may have been one of the most profound acts of love I have ever seen in any doc.
    Happy Birthday, Shelby. When she is ready, your story of love and courage is one of the first “grown-up” stories I want my young daughter to see.
    Tell you a secret: This year I was faced with a similar dillema: My older daughter, an activist, was publically and visibly advocating something that simply didnt come easy to me.
    My solution was easy: Follow the Knox family playbook. Love and support comes first.
    And all admiration and good wishes to your Mom and Dad.

  • http://hyperinfinitydownline.com/infinity-downline-testimonials Steve Musser

    FOREIGNID: 27308
    That was such a good film. My wife cried join the film.
    She is so inspiration to all young woman.