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

By OBOS |

As the 50th anniversary of the first edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” approaches, a New Haven museum has launched an exhibition featuring art inspired and informed by the book.

The exhibition, also titled Our Bodies Ourselves, features a variety of media created by more than 70 artists. The works are on display at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art through April 10.

A sack that hangs with the video from “Gestation” Photo: Lucy Gellman

The exhibit includes participatory installations like Megan Shaughnessy’s video work, which is presented with a custom, wearable 13.5 pound “empathy sack” (offering viewers the experience of sharing gestational weight); sound art like Nicole Gugliotti’s cascading ceramic wall, which whispers the personal, powerful stories of women in her community; and relational aesthetic works, like Nadine Nelson’s Kitchen Sanctum, a participatory experiential space centered on wellness, self-care, and nurturing, where visitors are invited to help cook and sample globally-inspired soothing food and potions.

OBOS founders Judy Norsigian (l) and Joan Ditzion at the opening reception

OBOS founders Judy Norsigian and Joan Ditzion were on hand for the opening reception on March 10. They joined author and artist Rachel Kauder-Nalebuff,  Freedom Cup co-founder Vanessa Paranjothy, naturopathic physician Ginger Nash, and moderator and Yale associate professor Crystal Feimster for a lively panel discussion on what life is like as a woman today and what has and hasn’t changed in the last 50 years.

To find out more about the exhibit and the art within it, see:

“Our Bodies,” With Old And New Eyes
A fabulous article from the New Haven Arts Council featuring wonderful photos and descriptions of the different art works.

The Personnel Are Political
A New Haven Independent article that focuses on the panel discussion and the history of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

Throughout the run of the exhibit, the Ely Center will host a series of related public programming, including film screenings, workshops, and artists talks. You can find the full schedule here.

The exhibit features zines from students at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School and from artist Aly Maderson Quinlog Photo: Lucy Gellman

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

By Guest Contributor |

by Joel Baum and Kim Westheimer

A fifth-grade student walks into their first-ever puberty education class. They look around the room: maybe they feel like everyone else has already developed in ways they haven’t. Maybe they wonder why they already have characteristics a person of their gender isn’t “supposed” to have for a few more years. Or maybe they feel like they just can’t identify with lessons that should be giving them vital information about puberty and health.

Indeed, most puberty education classes omit foundational issues … More

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Cervical Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

By Guest Contributor |

by Gary A. Richwald, MD, MPH

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. More specifically, January 21-27 is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, and for good reason: nearly 13,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and more than 4000 of them will die from it. Luckily, this form of cancer is now largely preventable. Women can take steps to reduce their chances of contracting human papillomavirus (HPV), a widespread virus that can cause pre-cancerous changes in the cervix.

How Does Cervical Cancer … More

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Breast Reconstruction Options: What’s Best for You?

By OBOS |

Some women decide to forego reconstruction and instead “go flat.” Read more->Women with breast cancer who undergo mastectomies often face difficult decisions about breast reconstruction. The first is whether or not to undergo reconstruction; the second, if reconstruction is chosen, is what kind of reconstruction to have?

Learn more about the risks of breast implants and the need for better research ->Breasts can be rebuilt using implants — either saline or silicone — or they can be rebuilt using autologous tissue, which means tissue … More

A Call for Women Who Experience Pain with Sex and for Health Care Providers Who Treat Them

By Guest Contributor |

by Marta Milkowska

My name is Marta Milkowska and I am a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I am working on a project aimed to better understand the problem of pain during sex – something experienced by many women. This summer, with support from Our Bodies Ourselves and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women in Public Policy Program, I am seeking interviews with individuals who fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Women ages 16 to 35 who experience pain during … More

A Message About the Future of Our Bodies Ourselves

By OBOS |

Earlier this year, OBOS held a retreat to determine our future. We came to the painful conclusion that we don’t have the resources and infrastructure to continue our main programs using paid staff. Instead we will transition to a volunteer-led 501(c)3 that will mainly advocate for women’s health and social justice. More

Religion-Restricted Healthcare and its Effects on Reproductive Health Needs

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by Rebekah Rollston

In my last year of medical school, I began looking into residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology. My first interview of the season was at a Catholic-affiliated hospital.

As the daughter of a religion scholar and professor, I was already familiar with the stance of the Catholic Church on reproductive healthcare. I knew that Catholic hospitals follow a set of ethical guidelines that prohibit doctors from providing abortions, contraception, tubal ligations, vasectomies, and infertility services, and that patients seeking these services are generally referred … More