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A comparison of Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas and Our Bodies, Ourselves

Nuestros Cuerpos, Nuestras Vidas

(Our Bodies, Our Lives)

Our Bodies, Ourselves

  • ayuda mutua (mutual help) relational model
  • balance care for others/care for self
  • participatory education principles
  • self-help individualistic model
  • self-care is an individual right
  • feminist consciousness raising

1.  Saber es Poder

begins the book

Ch 1 International:

  • bringing knowledge from the South to the North
  • feminism redefined: gender and social justice
  • health care re-defined:  only 10% of health outcomes associated with medical system

Ch 2  Health Systems:

  • emphasizes community based care
  • patient bill of rights Consorcio Mujer, Peru:   patient/ provider rights and responsibilities
  • health information: emphasizes participatory health education, community outreach

Ch 3 Organizing for Change

  • talleres/workshops use participatory ed model
  • uses position paper from Catholics for Choice

I.  Taking Care of Ourselves

begins book;

V.  Knowledge Is Power

ends it

Ch 1 Body Image

  • begins with body image visualization
  • Holistic Health emphasizes pragmatic techniques
  • meditation taught without cultural/spiritual context

Ch 25 Health Systems

  • emphasises U.S. health care system
  • patient bill of rights by George Annas: uses legal and academic language
  • health information: emphasizes text and library

Ch 26 Organizing for Change

  • consciousness raising groups model
  • religion primarily associated with anti-choice

 II.  Cuidandonos

  • begins with Salud Integral/Holistic Health
  • re-introduces religion and spirituality
  • meditation re-defined as “ways to pray”
  • violence seen on a continuum, in relationships of mutuality/equality or abuses of power

II.  Relationships and Sexuality

relationships with men the focus of chapter;
  • no discussion of extended family
  • III.  Relaciones y Sexualidad

    mutuality in a broad range of relationships
  • emphasizes interdependence & dialogue in building relationships and communities
  • III.  Sexual Health & Controlling Our Fertility


    • focus on individual decision making
    • abortion choice is a legal right under privacy laws

    IV.  Salud y Derechos Reproductivos/
    Reproductive Health and Rights

    • framework focuses on UN definition of reproductive rights as basic human rights
    • abortion chapter emphasizes legalization campaigns
    • abortion decisions emphasize sacredness of all life  
    • AIDS ch. emphasizes women’s vulnerability in cultural acceptance of  double standard






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