Julie (juliesmagicmoon) wrote in publicradio,

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Our Bodies, Ourselves - Something Every Woman Should Read/Hear

I was listening to the local NPR affiliate in Seattle(KUOW) and heard a really insightful and informative program based on the book Our Bodies Ourselves.

I don't know how many of the women who read this board have read that book, or how many of the men for that matter, but it's one of the most informative books about almost every possible aspect of a woman's health you can find, giving women much more information about their bodies than even their doctors share with them. It covers everything from the dangers of douching to Sexually Transmitted Infections to even historical political perspectives of women's health. It also has frank discussions on homeopathy, naturalpathic medicines and midwifery.

If you're not familiar with Our Bodies Ourselves, it's definitely worth listening to the archived program, which should be on their website by 2:30 or 3pm. I think all you need is a media player of some type on your 'puter.

In the late 1960's a group of Boston area women began to meet to discuss their frustrations with their doctors. They were angry at the condescending, paternalistic, and uninformed treatment they were getting. They began to do their own research into women's health and sexuality. The group became the Boston Women's Health Collective. In 1970 they published the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Our Bodies Ourselves has become known as the definitive women's health resource. It's been published in 18 languages and culturally adapted to other countries. Today on The Conversation we'll talk to one of the contributors to the original volume about why it was such a landmark and what has happened to the state of women's health in subsequent 35 years. A new edition of Our Bodies Ourselves has just been published. Is it still necessary?

Our Bodies, Ourselves website http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/

The Boston Women's Health Book Collective and Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Brief History and Reflection. Originally published in the Winter 1999 edition of Journal of the American Medical Women's Association.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility, website and book by Seattle contributor to Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Quiz to test your knowledge of women's health.

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