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Your Ad Here: Help Our Bodies Ourselves Advertise in The Boston Globe!

By Judy Norsigian |

Can you imagine if Our Bodies Ourselves took out an ad in The Boston Globe? We could announce the launch of our new website (coming soon!) and the important work OBOS is doing to develop and promote accurate information about girls’ and women’s sexual and reproductive health!

If you’re a Boston Globe subscriber, print or digital, you can help make that ad a reality — and it won’t cost a thing.

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Breast Cancer, Mastectomy and Breast Implants: A 20-Year History of Images and Attitudes

By Rachel Walden |

CBS Sunday Morning this week aired a segment looking at breast cancer and body image, especially women’s choices around reconstructive surgery and implants.

Artist and former fashion model Matuschka, whose self-portrait on The New York Times Magazine cover 20 years ago (Aug. 15, 1993) created a shock because it displayed her mastectomy scar where her right breast had been removed, describes her reasons for creating the image — wanting to start a conversation about breast Leave a comment

Night Sweats: A Memoir on an Unplanned Pregnancy

By Rachel Walden |

Librarian Laura Crossett has just published a memoir of her unplanned pregnancy, “Night Sweats: An Unexpected Pregnancy.”

I’d recommend it on the merits alone, but here’s another reason: Laura is donating half of her proceeds from book sales to Our Bodies Ourselves.

Crossett describes her experience as a 35-year-old single woman — one month into a relationship and six months into a new job — facing a very unplanned pregnancy.

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Adapting “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for Iranian and Vietnamese Women and Girls

By Ayesha |

Committed friends of the Vietnamese OBOS project Susan Bailey (left) and Roslyn Feldberg and Nancy Hammett (right), join Project Director Khuat Thu Hong (center) and OBOS’s Judy Norsigian and Sally Whelan.

The Our Bodies Ourselves Global Network is a dynamic coalition of social change organizations, all of whom talk the talk and walk the walk when it comes to the health and human rights of women and girls.

This year, OBOS welcomes two new partners into its growing network.

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Supporting Women – At Home and Around the World

By Ayesha |

First in an occasional series by OBOS staff about their work and their lives.

Ayesha and her daughter, Tara

I was welcomed into the Our Bodies Ourselves family in January 2006, soon after I moved to Boston from India. As a die-hard reproductive justice advocate (and unabashed “Our Bodies, Ourselves” fan), I was euphoric to join the team.

The OBOS Global Initiative, which supports women’s organizations developing and using culturally specific materials based on ““>… More

Women’s History: The New York Times Reviews “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Forty years ago today, The New York Times reviewed “Our Bodies, Ourselves” under the headline “Thinking About the Thinkable.”

It’s fascinating to see how the book was received in the mainstream press — and, in this case, how one of the most prominent book reviewers of the late 20th century, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, approached the text.

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Women’s History Makers: “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Makers: Women Who Make America,” the PBS/AOL documentary, debuts tonight on PBS at 8 p.m. (check local listings). If you’re on Twitter, join the discussion during the broadcast at #MAKERSchat.

Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film covers the last 50 years of the women’s movement — the accomplishments and setbacks that followed the publication of “The Feminine Mystique.”

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The White Ribbon Campaign: Men Working to End Violence Against Women

By Rachel Walden |

In light of Congress’s recent failure to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, it’s heartening to hear about the ongoing efforts of White Ribbon, a movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls.

Here in Boston, the Men’s Initiative Project of Jane Doe Inc., a coalition of community-based sexual assault and domestic violence groups, is gearing up for the sixth annual Massachusetts Leave a comment

Some Doctors Use Risky Drug, Aiming to Shape Girls’ Genitals and Behaviors


by Alice Dreger

Dr. Mark Sloan, a pediatrician based in northern California, has written a very helpful overview of a controversial fetal engineering intervention: prenatal dexamethasone for pregnant women considered at risk of giving birth to a daughter with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH).

Although CAH is relatively rare, the use of this prenatal intervention should interest and concern all women’s health advocates for two reasons:

  • This fetal intervention has been pushed through the 2 Comments

Lies Straight From the Pit of Hell and Other Comments on Biology and Women’s Health

By Kiki Zeldes |

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory … all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.”

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

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