Synopses & Reviews
With more than four million copies sold, Our Bodies, Ourselves
is the classic resource that women of all ages can turn to for information about every aspect of their well-being.
Completely revised for the first time in a decade, these pages give women everything they need for making key decisions about their health from definitive information from today's leading experts to personal stories from other women just like them. This updated edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves includes the latest on:
- Nutrition and exercise
- Relationships, sexuality, and sexual health
- Complementary health practices
- Reproductive choices, pregnancy, and childbearing
- Growing older
- Medical testing and procedures
Together with its companion website (www.ourbodiesourselves.org), Our Bodies, Ourselves
is a one-stop resource for women of all generations. Plus: The rearranged food pyramid, a chapter about sexual orientation and gender identity, advice for making safer sex more fun, the latest on breast-feeding, support for women experiencing pregnancy loss, and a section devoted to getting the best care in today's complicated health care system.
"The original edition of 1970's now-classic Our Bodies, Ourselves has sold more than three million copies, and the revised and expanded edition will likely prove equally popular among women of all ages. According to the authors, some of them among the original contributors, knowledge is power, but women will make little change in the medical and health-care industries unless they join forces with other women at home and around the world. Like its predecessor, this volume is wide in scope (but lacking in depth), and has a profoundly feminist perspective as it emphasizes sexual health, reproductive rights, community-based organization and the political, economic and social conditions that limit women's access to quality health care. Much of the new information details recent health research on women's needs and inequities in medical care for men and women, and reflects the experiences of different ethnicities, sexual preferences and economic backgrounds. Women are the primary consumers of health care in the U.S., but, the authors say, they are grossly underserved. In addition, the medical community has viewed many life-stage conditions pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome, menopause as illnesses rather than natural processes that require teams of supportive practitioners. The book's rousing political orientation may motivate readers to access the numerous resources listed or the companion OBOS Web site. More than a book, OBOS is a health movement and deserves a place on every woman's bookshelf." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The best women's health reference book I've ever seen." Julianne Moore
"A mother lode of information and resources for the client/consumer and the physician."
-- Journal of the American Medical Association
"Its strength lies not only in the huge amount of information provided but also in the methodology. Topics range from diet and exercise to relationships, motherhood, sexuality, and physical and mental illnesses; coverage of each is exceedingly readable, strikingly comprehensive, and thoroughly documented."
-- Library Journal (starred review)
"More than a book, OBOS
is a health movement and deserves a place on every woman's bookshelf."
-- Publishers Weekly
This flawlessly updated edition does justice to the legacy of Our Bodies, Ourselves, which has been synonymous with women's empowerment for the past 40 years. Incredibly detailed, empowering, and enriched by the extremely diverse opinions and positions of its collaborators, this should be on the bookshelves of women young and old worldwide!
-- Nancy Redd, author of Body Drama and Diet Drama
The new edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves offers a relatable voice to help make the very confusing reality of health and sexuality as a girl easier to navigate. In a world that doesn't always offer girls such honesty, the new edition of OBOS makes me optimistic about the awareness and attitude of this generation of women and girls. My brain was fist pumping the whole way through.
-- Tavi Gevinson, thestylerookie.com and editor-in-chief of Rookie Magazine
This revamped edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves shows just how far we've come in the women's health movement. The level of inclusiveness of my community--those of us who are queer, trans or gender non-conforming--is remarkable. If this had been the edition that my mom gave me as a pre-teen, my life and coming-of-age would have been so different and much less confusing. It also artfully lays out the reality of women's health as a political issue--one that goes way beyond simply understanding how our bodies work. The 40th anniversary edition proves that education is a radical act and that sharing our struggles, triumphs and stories can ultimately change the world.
- -Miriam Zoila PÉrez, Editor, Feministing.com, Founder, Radicaldoula.com, and recipient of the Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women's Health
OBOS is the most important resource on women’s health ever written by and for women. It teaches every woman how to take charge of her own body and helps us all become well-informed health care consumers.
-- Loretta Ross, founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
This is truly the bible on women’s health! It has been completely revised and updated for a new generation of women who will need its guidance more than ever as they attempt to take control of their health.
-- Susan Love, M.D., author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book and Dr. Susan Love’s Menopause and Hormone Book and co-author of Live a Little!
If only every little girl were born with a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves
in her hands, we would raise a society filled with healthy, confident women. And if women could have only one book on their shelves, let it be this classic tome filled to the brim with practical and empowering information.
-- Toni Weschler, M.P.H., author of Taking Charge of Your Fertility
With more than four million copies sold, "Our Bodies, Ourselves" is the classic resource that women of all ages turn to for information about every aspect of their well-being. Completely revised for the first time in a decade, this edition provides all the information women need to make key decisions about their health.
About the Author
The Boston Women's Health Book Collective is a nonprofit organization devoted to education about women and health.
Table of Contents
A Letter from Founders of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective
Taking Care of Ourselves
1: Body Image
2: Eating Well
3: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Mood-Altering Drugs
4: Our Bodies in Motion
5: Complementary Health Practices
6: Emotional Well-Being
7: Environmental and Occupational Health
8: Violence and Abuse
Relationships and Sexuality
9: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
10: Relationships with Men
11: Relationships with Women
13: Sexual Anatomy, Reproduction, and the Menstrual Cycle
14: Safer Sex
15: Sexually Transmitted Infections
16: HIV and AIDS
17: Considering Parenting
18: Birth Control
19: Unexpected Pregnancy
23: The First Year of Parenting
24: Childbearing Loss
25: Infertility and Assisted Reproduction
26: Midlife and Menopause
27: Our Later Years
Medical Problems and Procedures
28: Unique to Women
29: Special Concerns for Women
Knowledge Is Power
30: Navigating the Health Care System
31: The Politics of Women's Health
32: Organizing for Change
The Production Team for Our Bodies, Ourselves 2005
Authorship and Acknowledgments
About the Contributors