Our Bodies, Ourselves

Our Bodies, Ourselves : Informing and Inspiring Women Across Generations

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"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"--show more

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  • Electronic book text | 848 pages
  • United States
  • 40th Revised ed.
  • 1439196656
  • 9781439196656

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""Our Bodies, Ourselves" is the bible for women's health...." -- Byllye Avery, founder of the National Black Women's Health Project "The best women's health reference book I've ever seen." -- Julianne Moore "More than a book, "OBOS" is a health movement and deserves a place on every woman's bookshelf." -- "Publishers Weekly" "Nothing is more crucial than women inhabiting our bodies. This book provides the best pathway and tools." -- Eve Ensler "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) "A mother lode of information and resources for the client/consumer and the physician." -- "Journal of the American Medical Association" 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 " 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 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 Perez, Editor, Feministing.com, Founder, Radicaldoula.com, and recipient of the Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women's Health 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!" 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 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"show more

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