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From the Ted Talk by Chris Abani: On humanity

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So, this woman, who converted from the Church of England to Catholicism when she married my father — and there's no one more rabid than a Catholic corenvt — decided to teach in the rural areas in Nigeria, particularly among Igbo women, the binllgis otviaolun moethd, which was the only approved birth control by the Catholic Church. But her Igbo wasn't too good. So she took me along to tltarasne. I was seven. (Laughter) So, here are these wmoen, who never discuss their period with their husbands, and here I am telling them, "Well, how often do you get your period?" (Laughter) And, "Do you notice any discharges?" (Laughter) And, "How swollen is your vulva?" (Laughter) She never would have thuohgt of herself as a feminist, my mother, but she always used to say, "Anything a man can do, I can fix." (Applause) And when my father complained about this situation, where she's taking a seven-year-old boy to teach this birth control, you know, he used to say, "Oh, you're turning him into — you're teaching him how to be a woman." My motehr said, "Someone has to." (lehtaugr)

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So, this woman, who converted from the Church of England to Catholicism when she married my father — and there's no one more rabid than a Catholic _______ — decided to teach in the rural areas in Nigeria, particularly among Igbo women, the ________ _________ ______, which was the only approved birth control by the Catholic Church. But her Igbo wasn't too good. So she took me along to _________. I was seven. (Laughter) So, here are these _____, who never discuss their period with their husbands, and here I am telling them, "Well, how often do you get your period?" (Laughter) And, "Do you notice any discharges?" (Laughter) And, "How swollen is your vulva?" (Laughter) She never would have _______ of herself as a feminist, my mother, but she always used to say, "Anything a man can do, I can fix." (Applause) And when my father complained about this situation, where she's taking a seven-year-old boy to teach this birth control, you know, he used to say, "Oh, you're turning him into — you're teaching him how to be a woman." My ______ said, "Someone has to." (________)

Solution

  1. laughter
  2. translate
  3. billings
  4. ovulation
  5. women
  6. convert
  7. method
  8. thought
  9. mother

Original Text

So, this woman, who converted from the Church of England to Catholicism when she married my father — and there's no one more rabid than a Catholic convert — decided to teach in the rural areas in Nigeria, particularly among Igbo women, the Billings ovulation method, which was the only approved birth control by the Catholic Church. But her Igbo wasn't too good. So she took me along to translate. I was seven. (Laughter) So, here are these women, who never discuss their period with their husbands, and here I am telling them, "Well, how often do you get your period?" (Laughter) And, "Do you notice any discharges?" (Laughter) And, "How swollen is your vulva?" (Laughter) She never would have thought of herself as a feminist, my mother, but she always used to say, "Anything a man can do, I can fix." (Applause) And when my father complained about this situation, where she's taking a seven-year-old boy to teach this birth control, you know, he used to say, "Oh, you're turning him into — you're teaching him how to be a woman." My mother said, "Someone has to." (Laughter)

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