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Our Bodies, Ourselves


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Our Bodies, Ourselves andlt;link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="../styles/9781439196656.css"andgt; andlt;h2 andgt;andlt;a id="page_xi"andgt;andlt;/aandgt;andlt;a id="intro"andgt;andlt;/aandgt;INTRODUCTION andlt;img src="../images/common.jpg" alt="images"andgt;andlt;/h2andgt; andlt;BRandgt;We are delighted to present andlt;Iandgt;Our Bodies, Ourselvesandlt;/Iandgt;and#8212;an in-depth look at womenand#8217;s sexuality and reproductive health, from the first gynecological exam to sexual health in our later years.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Since its first newsprint edition published in the early 1970s, andlt;Iandgt;Our Bodies, Ourselvesandlt;/Iandgt; (andlt;Iandgt;OBOSandlt;/Iandgt;) has enabled women to learn about their bodies, gain insight from the experiences of other women, and consider how best to achieve political and cultural changes that would improve womenand#8217;s lives. This completely revised and updated ninth edition, released on andlt;Iandgt;OBOSandlt;/Iandgt;and#8217;s fortieth anniversary, covers topics ranging from sexual anatomy, body image, and gender identity to pregnancy and birth, perimenopause/menopause, and navigating the health-care system.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;This edition reflects the perspective and voices of a wide range of women, and their stories are told through new formats. At our invitation, more than three dozen women of all ages and identities participated in a monthlong online conversation about sexuality and relationships; we found their honesty and forthrightness so compelling that the conversation itself became the foundation of a new and#8220;Relationshipsand#8221; chapter.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Other new voices include womenand#8217;s organizations around the world that have created their own resources adapted from andlt;Iandgt;Our Bodies, Ourselvesandlt;/Iandgt;. Throughout the book, you will meet members of the Our Bodies Ourselves andlt;a id="page_xii"andgt;andlt;/aandgt;Global Network and read about their work on issues such as abortion, infertility, HIV education and prevention, and social activism. From distributing posters via canoes in rural Nigeria to setting up interactive websites in Israel and Turkey and reshaping health policy in Nepal and Armenia, their efforts exemplify movement building and the power of voices raised in action.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;This edition focuses on the core health issuesand#8212;reproductive health and sexualityand#8212;that first brought the Boston Womenand#8217;s Health Book Collective together. Some topics added over the yearsand#8212;such as nutrition, emotional health, and medical conditions that disproportionately or differently affect womenand#8212;have been omitted this time, in part because information is now more readily available elsewhere. This has given us room to expand on issues such as reproductive rights, violence against women, and environmental health, which not only are centrally related to womenand#8217;s sexual health and well-being but also are areas where, despite decades of advocacy and activism, women still face enormous challenges and obstacles that prevent them from leading safe and healthy lives.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Our Bodies, Ourselvesandlt;/Iandgt; is both a text dedicated to factual information grounded in the best available evidence and a resource about health-care inequities and the work of those dedicated to ending social injustices. The many contributors to this book did not always agree on how to analyze the social, economic, and political forces that affect womenand#8217;s health or how to characterize a medical controversy. When a conclusion remains uncertain, we have shared their questions and concerns so readers can make their own decisions in the absence of the kind of evidence we ultimately hope will be available. Our website ( contains additional content, references, and useful links on womenand#8217;s health topics not covered in this book.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;OUR BODIES OURSELVES GLOBAL INITIATIVEandlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ever since Our Bodies, Ourselves became a best seller in the United States, it has inspired women in other countries to adapt itand#8212;in part or as a wholeand#8212;to their unique cultural needs. Through the our Bodies ourselves Global Initiative, we support more than twenty-two womenand#8217;s organizations as they develop materials based on Our Bodies, Ourselves and use their resources in wide-scale outreach to advance the health and human rights of women and girls in their countries. Although the earliest projects were located primarily in Europe, we have since collaborated with organizations across Africa, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe to bring culturally meaningful and reliable information to communities where it is most needed. As a result of our partnerships, resources based on the book are now available in more than twenty-five languages and in print, digital, and other socially interactive formats. You will read about our partners in the and#8220;In Translationand#8221; sidebars and we invite you to visit to learn more.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;As always, we recognize how the personal is often political and thus underscore when individual solutions are not possible or not lasting. Throughout the book, women who have joined with others to bring about change share their stories. The combination of practical information with political critique and womenand#8217;s lived experiences has long been the hallmark of andlt;Iandgt;Our Bodies, Ourselvesandlt;/Iandgt; and is one of the reasons the book has remained one of the most enduring andlt;a id="page_xiii"andgt;andlt;/aandgt;legacies of the womenand#8217;s movements that grew out of the late 1960s and early 1970s.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Much has changed in the United States since the first edition, when abortion was illegal, birth control was not widely available, and the few available texts on womenand#8217;s health and sexualityand#8212;almost all written by menand#8212;discounted womenand#8217;s experiences and perspectives. Today, information is abundant, but it is still difficult to find reliable information that encompasses the diversity of womenand#8217;s experiences and teases apart the conflicts of interest inherent in many issues that affect womenand#8217;s health. Far too often, corporate and pharmaceutical interests influence medical research, information, and care, and contribute to the unnecessary medicalization of womenand#8217;s bodies and lives. This not only wastes money and poses avoidable risks but also can discourage women from questioning the assumptions underlying the care they receive and from valuing and sharing their own insights and experiences. The need for a book like andlt;Iandgt;Our Bodies, Ourselvesandlt;/Iandgt; remains as strong as ever.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Changing the medical system, organizing for better care, and altering the larger social, political, and economic forces that limit womenand#8217;s lives require creative and concerted efforts over a long period of time. We believe that enhancing reproductive health and sexual pleasure can play a significant positive role in all our lives and strengthen us as we work toward sustaining a vision of a world that will better nurture all women, men, and children. We encourage you to explore this book with curiosity and vision.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;OBOS Editorial Team: Kiki Zeldes, Christine Cupaiuolo, Wendy Sanford, Judy Norsigian, Amy Romano, June Tsang, and Ayesha Chatterjee Spring 2011andlt;/Iandgt;andlt;a id="page_xiv"andgt;andlt;/aandgt;

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Boston Womens Health Book Collective
Touchstone Books
Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Norsigian, Judy
General Health & Fitness
Health and Medicine-Womens Health
Women's Health.
sexuality; safe sex; health; insurance healt; women s health; health care; home health care; health records; female labido; health advice for women; sex disease, hiv; get tested; maternity motherhood; nursing; baby formula; adoption; newborn baby; organic
sexuality; safe sex; health; insurance healt; women s health; health care; home health care; health records; female labido; health advice for women; sex disease, hiv; get tested; maternity motherhood; nursing; baby formula; adoption; newborn baby; organic
sexuality; safe sex; health; insurance healt; women s health; health care; home health care; health records; female labido; health advice for women; sex disease, hiv; get tested; maternity motherhood; nursing; baby formula; adoption; newborn baby; organic
sexuality; safe sex; health; insurance healt; women s health; health care; home health care; health records; female labido; health advice for women; sex disease, hiv; get tested; maternity motherhood; nursing; baby formula; adoption; newborn baby; organic
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"Synopsis" by , The gold standard for women’s health books, in time for the fortieth anniversary of the book’s first publication—featuring new material and a completely updated approach to critical women’s health issues.

The name “Our Bodies, Ourselves” has become synonymous with women’s health—and protecting it. This updated edition contains vital new information on such issues as the HPV vaccine, changes in the healthcare system, cosmetic surgery, violence against women, healthcare activism in the twenty-first century, and much more.

Since its original publication forty years ago, Our Bodies, Ourselves has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, and resources based on the book are available in twenty-five languages, in print, digital, and social interactive formats, and Braille. Called “America’s bestselling book on all aspects of women’s health” and “a feminist classic” by The New York Times, 300,000 copies of Our Bodies, Ourselves have been donated to women’s groups around the world, creating an estimated readership of more than 20 million worldwide.

This new edition will tie in closely to the group’s website, one of the leading online women’s health resources and a recipient of citations for its excellent quality from International Planned Parenthood Federation and Scientific American.

"Synopsis" by , Newly revised and updated, Our Bodies, Ourselves is the classic guide for women of all ages to every aspect of their health.
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