Our Bodies Our Blog

 

Occasional posts examining the intersection between health, politics, and reproductive justice.

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Addressing Institutional Racism & Health Inequality: My Perspective

August 18, 2020

by Diana Namumbejja Abwoye Diana Namumbejja Abwoye is a family nurse practitioner and a member of the Board of Directors of Our…

Adapting “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to Brazilian Portuguese: The Translators’ Experiences

July 30, 2020

“[H]aving the opportunity of translating … “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to Brazilian Portuguese … brings me a profound sense of accomplishment, since there…

My Body, My Choice: Aesthetic Flat Closure after Mastectomy

July 21, 2020

by Kim Bowles In 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. After careful consideration and lots of…

Women with Breast Implants Should Not Need to Wait for Safety Information They Urgently Need

July 1, 2020

by Rose Weitz and Diana Zuckerman Although breast implants have been sold since the 1960s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

Free the Pill!

May 28, 2020

by Carrie N. Baker Sixty years ago this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the birth control pill for distribution…

Please Support Civil Liberties and Public Policy During the Covid-19 Crisis: An Appeal from Judy Norsigian

May 1, 2020

These challenging times require fierce, broad, and intersectional activism – which is just what Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) has been…

Our Doctors, Ourselves: Barbara Seaman and Popular Health Feminism in the 1970s

February 13, 2020

“If the plastic speculum was the tool of choice for self-help advocates, leading women to a better understanding of their own bodies…

Our Bodies Ourselves Update: November 2019

November 30, 2019

by Judy Norsigian, OBOS Board Chair During these politically volatile times, Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) continues to do our part as a now…

The Very Early Perimenopause: What We Can Learn from Dr. Jerilynn Prior’s Research

November 25, 2019

by Nina Coslov In my early 40s, I started noticing changes in my body. A once great sleeper, I was now waking…

Dirty Business: Lack of Menstrual Equity in Colombian Prisons

October 25, 2019

By Charlie Ruth Castro Lee este post en español Let’s talk about menstruation – a natural and necessary process among women, but…

Negocio Sucio: Falta de Equidad Menstrual en las Cárceles Colombianas

October 25, 2019

By Charlie Ruth Castro Read this post in English Vamos a hablar de menstruación, el proceso más natural y necesario para la…

Statement on Abortion and Reproductive Justice

August 30, 2019

August 2019 The founders and board of directors of Our Bodies Ourselves believe abortion is an integral component of health care and…

Congress Wants to Give Companies the Right to Own Our Genes

June 18, 2019

by Lori Andrews Six years ago, on June 13, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in AMP v. Myriad took a great step…

“Simone de Beauvoir alone would never have gotten me from intellect to action”

June 13, 2019

Note from OBOS co-founder Judy Norsigian: After publication of my reflections piece in the June 2019 issue of the American Journal of…

Our Bodies Ourselves Update: May 2019

June 3, 2019

by Judy Norsigian, OBOS Board Chair Our Bodies Ourselves is now more than seven months into its transition to a volunteer-driven nonprofit…

Refusing to Be Silenced: Federal Gag Rule an Active Threat to All Who Care about HIV

May 3, 2019

by Anna Forbes On April 23, Judge Michael McShane of Federal District Court in Oregon issued a preliminary injunction against a federal…

“A Female Body in this Specific Moment”: Our Bodies Ourselves Exhibition

March 19, 2019

As the 50th anniversary of the first edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” approaches, a New Haven museum has launched an exhibition featuring…

Gender-Inclusive Puberty and Health Education is Life-Affirming for All

March 7, 2019

by Joel Baum and Kim Westheimer A fifth-grade student walks into their first-ever puberty education class. They look around the room: maybe…

Cervical Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

January 25, 2019

by Gary A. Richwald, MD, MPH January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. More specifically, January 21-27 is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, and…

Breast Reconstruction Options: What’s Best for You?

October 16, 2018

Some women decide to forego reconstruction and instead “go flat.” Read more->Women with breast cancer who undergo mastectomies often face difficult decisions…

The OBOS Founders’ Chronicle: 2017

July 18, 2018

Begun during the early days of the second wave of the U.S. women’s movement, Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) (formerly known as the…