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Our Bodies, Ourselves

Our Bodies Ourselves Clever helpful health guide Describes symptoms and treatments in straightforward style aimed principally at women but helpful to men Particularly lucid on childbirth and on sexuality

  • Title: Our Bodies, Ourselves
  • Author: Boston Women's Health Book Collective Barbara Bachman
  • ISBN: 9781402887628
  • Page: 282
  • Format: Paperback
  • Clever, helpful health guide Describes symptoms and treatments in straightforward style aimed principally at women, but helpful to men Particularly lucid on childbirth and on sexuality.

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    1. Allyson on said:

      Our Bodies, Ourselves by The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, claims to have “served as a way for women, across ethnic, racial, religious and geographical boundaries, to start examining their health from a perspective that will bring about change”. This may ring true through most of the chapters in this text. However, on the topic of abortion, a political firestorm against religious fundamentalists and anti-abortion groups is unleashed. Unplanned pregnancies follow birth control meth [...]

    2. Adam on said:

      This book taught me why I have hair in all these new places*edit*Liz wrote this review for me last night while I was napping on the couch. I think she's trying to teach me some kind of lesson about leaving myself logged in to websites when I use her laptop.I've actually never read Our Bodies, Ourselves.Changing Bodies, Changing Lives was my jam in high school. That was the book that taught me why I had hair in new places. It failed to teach me, however, why I couldn't grow a mustache a mystery [...]

    3. Joy on said:

      When I first encountered an earlier edition this book at the apartment of a friend I was staying at over break in 1984, it was earth-shattering. Birth control! Lesbians! but most importantly, reinforcement of my nascent notions that I as a woman had worth beyond my womb, and that I deserved to control my own body, my own fate. Now I'm looking to it for information on perimenopause and later-life health issues, and it is still an excellent resource.

    4. Carrie O'Dell on said:

      Not exactly something you sit down and read cover to cover, but a vital source of information not just on sexulaity and reproductive rights, but on relationships, nutrition, pregnancy, mental health. All my nieces (current and to come) get a copy on turning 13.

    5. Jessica on said:

      I bought my first copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves when I was purchasing the books for my first semester's classes in college, and the then-new edition (ca. 1986) was on display for a women's studies class. Part comprehensive reference manual, part DIY health guide, part feminist manifesto (talk about the personal being political!), the book is loaded with useful information about women's physical, psychological, and emotional health issues, interwoven with personal anecdotes. The writers encourage [...]

    6. Kath on said:

      When I was in grade school around 5th grade, I was befriended by a very nice woman. I was terribly sad and in turmoil but I couldn't talk about things with my mom or my brothers. I met her after befriending her cat. As she got to know me, she went out of her way to be kind. Among the things we talked about was my lack of knowledge about my own body. She shared this book with me. Thank you, Lynn wherever you are.

    7. Maya on said:

      I read the latest (21st century) edition and that's the one my review is based on.There were some really helpful things in here: women's personal accounts of their relationship experience, a solid background/history of abortion rights in the US, and some wonderful links to activist and media tools that I found particularly useful.Unfortunately:1) There was no chapter on menstruation! There was one on menopause, and some diseases related to menstruation were listed in the part on diseases, but no [...]

    8. Velma on said:

      I've had this book forever, or at least what feels like it: the mid-'80s, at least. When I pulled it off the shelf today to add it here, I was greatly amused to discover, tucked in the back, the syllabus from my 1988 Human Sexuality class in college. Although I am sure that there are more modern, more up-to-date, references on women's health out there, this title remains for me a (no pun intended) seminal work. Because I discovered it when I was coming of age both sexually and emotionally, and b [...]

    9. Grumpylibrarian on said:

      This book was my mother's subtle way of letting me know it was ok to ask her questions about my ovaries. And I certainly was obsessed with my ovaries back in the day.The best book for female sexuality and anatomy in print. Period. Our Bodies, Ourselves has a liberal agenda - and one that most feminists, or in the case of my generation, post-feminists, and resonates a political agenda that agrees with the morality and sexual health practices of modern women.Excellent.

    10. Janet on said:

      This was a classic reference book among my young adult women friends in the 1970's. When my niece started college in the 1990's, I gave her the revised edition. What was so significant about the book in the 1970's is that it predates the Internet. Back then, the authors' provided current factual information on a range of women's health topics that was not readily available from "mom" or older sisters.

    11. Maijabeep on said:

      Best book on women's health that I've read. Great resource to have on hand.

    12. Carly on said:

      I actually have no idea when I first read this book--a couple to a few years ago, I guess. And yes, I read it cover to cover. It's a great reference to go back to again and again, and the companion website (ourbodiesourselves) is rather helpful too. It has links to all kinds of resources that might otherwise be hardish to find. The reason I thought to mention and review it now is just that I had a few questions that I just kept googling and re-googling only to find no answers at all. Then I take [...]

    13. Kaethe on said:

      Wow. My copy is nearly 20 years old. I feel ancient. An excellent owner's manual to the body.

    14. Megzy on said:

      Another book that faced being banned in the United States this year, 2017. I have a strong feeling, they will try again next year due to abortion topic.

    15. Lynn Pribus on said:

      This book was nearly shocking in its day. (Especially, I suspect to men.)Explicit. Suggesting women study themselves with a mirror. Telling women they could ask their doctors questions. Addressing sexuality.Now, of course, all this is available on Facebook or the Internet.

    16. Aimee on said:

      I was pretty disappointed in this book. There was not as much concrete, everyday, factual material as there was a lot of political yapping. Whether I agreed with the particular issue being yapped about or not didn't make much difference, I still found it yappy and unnecessary and felt that the book was marketed/titled in a misleading way.And the overall tone was very annoying, very smug, very self-righteous and also very "if you don't think just like this, you're the enemy." Come on, we're all [...]

    17. Erik Graff on said:

      When I entered Grinnell College a copy of the precursor to what became Our Bodies, Ourselves was placed in front of my door in Loose Hall--and in front of every other dormitory door on campus presumably--along with information about services available from the nearest Planned Parenthood and the Dean of Students' Office. Still a virgin and very, very concerned about sex, I read all the material immediately, finding the booklet more informative than anything I'd ever seen before and appreciating i [...]

    18. Michelle on said:

      YES! YES! YES! I have to admit that this is honestly one of the very first books I looked at/read when I was a child (yes, I was advanced). And yes, even though my parents were educational, upfront and honest with me about not only the human body, but also "how babies are made", and sexuality, I still would look at this book. My mom had the very first edition in the early 1970's, and when I was in my early twenties I obtained this edition. It has since been revised as the "new century" edition, [...]

    19. jolszko on said:

      I haven't really read the new version but have the old. some of the people involved in that book came to our college in the 70's to talk with young women about their bodies. They gave out plastic speculums and showed us how to look at our own cervixes (sp). We even looked at one of theirs! Crazy, heady stuff coming out of repression. I can't imagine that happening on a college campus today.It was a useful handbook for my generation. Many of our mothers taught us about menstruation by passing a b [...]

    20. Alissa on said:

      i have this one out from the library but i think i'm going to have to buy it and then it will stay forever on my currently reading shelf. it's "progressive" and "liberal" and right now, i think that's wonderful. there's a lot of info in it that felt like 9th grade health class, but there's also a lot of commentary on how our society affects women emotionally and spiritually as well as a lot of practical advice and de-mystification of helpful ways to get out from under that influence. and what ca [...]

    21. Angela on said:

      I only read the few chapters that I thought would be about fertility. It had textbook information but too much of a liberal slant and not enough information for those who do want children. No mention of the long- or short-term detrimental physical and emotional effects of abortion and birth control either. The general attitude was very selfish and focused only on the woman, not considering the effects her choices have on others.

    22. Caitlin on said:

      Best reference book on the female body you can buy. It covers everything you can think of and does it with a strong feminist/pro-woman stance (including a refreshing take on birth control that points out that the Pill and other forms of hormonal birth control are NOT for everyone, which you don't often hear). I've found myself going back to it again and again for specific questions and issues, but also love just flipping through it.

    23. Sade on said:

      This book isn't a traditonal book that you read from cover to cover (although if you did, you would be quite knowledgable!) I personally jumped around to find answers to questions that I could never really get straight answers for. It is quite useful

    24. Petra X on said:

      Interesting material that could be presented in an equally interesting manner but isn't.

    25. Tammy on said:

      I remember when this first came out, I was in college, and the women on my floor in the dorm just loved it, and so did I. It was amazing!!!

    26. Vivacia Ahwen on said:

      A classic! But one must read the ORIGINAL to get the full effect.

    27. Janet on said:

      This was a bit radical at the time it came out. For years I would use it as a reference book. I only wish I had kept the original copy.

    28. Mae on said:

      Ah yes, this book. Over the weekend (October 2017) I picked up this book again and revisited some of the pages as I faced some ghosts of the past and dealt with some inner turmoil post an encounter I had last week. Mind you, I first read this book in the 80s when I was still in high school - so the trip down memory lane and the reaffirmation of my 'personal-is-political' standpoint was, needless to say impactful. As I shuffled through the pages, I remember how deliciously naughty and liberated I [...]

    29. Heta Rae on said:

      I am told the the _Our Bodies, Ourselves_ books were revolutionary when they first came out about being a book by women, for women, all about women's health. The thing that I find most fascinating is how this book has changed across different editions that I have looked at. For example, in early editions, the section about how to prevent getting raped was all diagrams that showed martial arts moves, and came with the assumption that the most likely rapist was some stranger in a dark alley attack [...]

    30. Donna Davis on said:

      When this book came out, it was the first book that was widely available that told women about their reproductive body parts, addressed the miracle of menstruation, and spoke about women around the world who loved other women.All of this is of course ancient history to many. There are loads of books now that will tell a female all about her vagina. There are plenty of frank attempts to inform one about types of birth control. But there weren't back then.There is even a section on how to obtain a [...]

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